Introducing BGS Black


BGS Black is here.


Since 1999, the search for the elusive BGS Pristine 10 has been the quest for every person that submits cards for grading or buys cards for their collection.

Beckett Grading Services is now upping the challenge.

Today, Beckett introduces the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector.

A card worthy of four “10” subgrades is worthy of a special label. Starting today, each card that reaches this quad-10 level will receive a special black label showing that the ultimate grade has been reached. The black label is for modern cards only — and not valid for any BVG cards (1980 and older).

For more information, including recasing your quad 10s, reviewing your current BGS 10s or new submissions, contact your BGS representative by clicking here.


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  1. David Johnson 28 November, 2014 at 08:34

    Can we send in cards that are already graded 10 with all 10’s on subgrades to get the new label?

  2. Mike 28 November, 2014 at 10:27


    You can click on an individual card in our pop report and look and see if any have been graded 10, and of those, then look and see if they have all 10 subgrades.


    Yes, if you have cards with Quad 10’s, you can send them into BGS for relabeling for $5 each. You can include them with a grading order and they will be returned with your order. If you want to send them in separately, please send them in with a submission form like normal. They will be shipped back out to you within 5 business days.

  3. Drew roerig 28 November, 2014 at 19:42

    That’s pretty cool! Is there any way that bgs could look into a different label for bgs 8 and below? The white with beckett written on it just makes the cards look very generic. The blue label for the authenticated cards look better than the plain white in my opinion. The white labels make them look like Psa cards except worse. I personally will always grade bgs no matter the colors of the label. I have an order at bgs right now, hopefully I can get a black label when they come back! Maybe 2 haha!

  4. Lane 28 November, 2014 at 23:20

    What about a card I have that is a BGS Pristine 10 – but has three 10’s and One 9.5? My serial # is 0008145563. Would this card qualify for the Black Background? Or not since it’s not “Quad 10’s” ? Since you guys are now introducing this Black Background for a card with Quad 10’s have you considered a different background for cards that are BGS Pristine 10 with Trip 10’s and one 9.5? I too only go to Beckett for grading and have an idea:

    –> How about (like you now do) Black Background for Pristine 10 with quad 10’s
    –> Perhaps a Turquoise or Teal background for Pristine 10 with Trip 10’s and one 9.5

    I have a Pristine 10 (9.5, 10, 10, 10) and a Gem Mint 9.5 (10, 9, 9.5, 10) beside each other but both have Gold Backgrounds and I think a card with Trip 10’s and One 9.5 should have different than gold so they are separated in color. A lighter black for Trip 10’s with one 9.5? Just a few thoughts…

    Thanks for the great work you guys do. I sent in 12 cards in Sept (including 4 1993 Derek Jeter SP 279’s) for grading and 3 of the 4 Jeter SP 279’s were determined “Altered”. I paid over $100’s for these ungraded SP 279 cards and your graders deeming 3 as altered allowed me to get my $ back from the Sellers on eBay. Thanks!!

  5. Jason 29 November, 2014 at 05:26

    c’mon, Larry asked how many total card have been graded quad 10’s and it’s a legit question. I too would like to know how rare a designation this is. I’m not about to go into the pop reports and go one by one for 10,000 years and add them all up myself. how bout you guys take the 2 mins it would take to scan your entire database and share the number with us!

  6. Mike 29 November, 2014 at 21:51

    BGS 9.5’s and 10’s will always be Gold, unless a 10 has the 4 “10” Subgrades, which is now the “Black Label”. You can contact your BGS rep in the link that is provided above, for information on how to have your regular BGS 10’s ( 3 10 subgrades and 1 9.5 subgrade) reviewed for the chance to be a Quad 10 and the “Black Label”.

  7. pdxprospect 30 November, 2014 at 11:16

    To me this is awesome and ridiculous at the same time.
    Awesome: I think it is great to distinguish the Pristine’s from the Gem Mint’s is a great idea and I love the black label with gold writing.
    Ridiculous: To limit this to only quad-10’s is stupid. To think that you have a Pristine card by all accounts 3×10′ and 1×9.5), but not get the “new prestigious label.”
    It feels like something the BGS graders (which is still done by person and has the room for variance between graders even within BGS) to provide certain customers with something that may have the opportunity to dramatically increase the price.
    I personally grade all the time through BGS and have been fortunate to receive 5 Pristine cards…not one with quad 10’s.
    However, there is a seller on ebay that seems to have hit the “mother-load” of luck and have multiple black labels for sale (which is how I found out about it). It seems, all of a sudden with the ability of a new label, there is an influx of quad 10’s with the black label for sale.
    I decided to look into this and take a small sample size to see if quad 10’s is more popular than I think:
    As of Sunday morning (11/30) there are currently 85 “2014 Bowman Chrome Autographs BGS 10 Pristine” including baseball and football (to increase the sample size). Out of the 85, there are a few that are RCR and a few claiming pristine. However, there are 4 black labels available from one seller. Out of the remaining 81 cards available ONLY 1 HAS QUAD 10’s.
    Since this designation there seems to be the possibility of this quad 10, as not only is not as rare as it should be, it is now going to be more attainable, which then just waters down the rarity even more.

    I would be interested to know, how many quad 10’s have been issued thus far this year and how many black labels have been issued.
    I think you should re-think this, as to think that one grader could have a variance of .5, which is lenient compared to some of the re-grading I have seen done, and provide the black label to all pristines. No Gem Mint and pristine should be next to each other with the same label anyways. Now to add this, with this small but impossible caveat, is freakin ridiculous.

  8. chrisolds 1 December, 2014 at 10:56

    From Jeromy Murray, Director, Beckett Grading Services:

    Thank you for the post and comments. We are sorry that you are not pleased with this new feature. We have received countless emails from customers excited about the new black label and what it takes to achieve this label. As you have noticed through your research, it is tough to get a quad 10, which is why we created a new label to show these cards off, which is what the black label will accomplish. If a card deserves four, 10 sub grades, it will be given that grade. As we do on all cards, we grade them based on their condition and nothing else. Again, we are sorry that you don’t like the new feature but appreciate your feedback.

  9. Robert Braxton 2 December, 2014 at 19:52

    That (Teal or Turquoise) is the WORST idea I have EVER seen on these boards.
    If they (Beckett) do something even remotely hideous as that, I swear I will sell every last graded card I own.
    Thank you, that is all.

  10. Stephen Barr 11 December, 2014 at 08:50


    The sudden appearance of these on eBay appears to be due to savvy collectors who simply knew about the promo and had their previous assets re-labeled. For instance, the Kris Bryant card pictured here was actually graded on 7/10/2014, and was simply re-labeled. I have two QUAD 10 cards that were graded in 2012 and 2014, purchased previously with an eye on that extra provenance of having fully pristine subgrades. I am sending them in today to get re-labeled, and appreciate the worthy extra distinction these cards will now have.

  11. Shannon sosnak 18 October, 2017 at 18:49

    Who can I contact regarding a card for a re-evaluation for the black label my card has 3 10’s and 1-9.5 Sub so I’m .5 off of the black label would really want one ???

  12. mzcards 25 May, 2018 at 00:14

    I also have a quad 10 graded in 2014. However, I will not be sending it in for re-labeling, inasmuch as I appreciate the originality of it. Besides, if it is just to get re-labeled and not re-graded, then it stands on its own merit as a pre-black label quad 10, which is more than fine with me.

    What I also find interesting about my card is that it is apparently the only Mike Piazza Private Stock reserve submitted so far and the bar seems impossibly high on that particular card now. HA! I am particularly proud of it. I submitted it myself, it is a gorgeous card and is now a highlight of my already-impressive Mike Piazza collection.

    Also, I must contribute this compliment to BGS:
    Nobody in the hobby grades better nor takes more pride in it than you guys. PSA, in my bloated opinion, is all over the place with their grading and I am confident that any BGS 9 will stack up against a PSA 10, in all reality.

    Thanks to BGS, I feel as if I am helping to preserve an important piece of Pop Americana Culture, and not watering it down with profits being the key driver.

  13. Cole 28 March, 2021 at 03:49

    Anyone that is upset that their 3 subgrade 10’s with 1 subgrade 9.5 thinking they deserve a black label doesn’t understand something very simple: the top of the top, the best of the best, in other words a quad subgraded 10 card should be the only type of card that receives this black label. All people with special quad 10’s do not want to be mixed in with a group of people that have only triple 10’s. Quad 10 is literally the best, therefore it has it’s own category. If you have triple 10’s and a 9.5… well, that sucks for you, but you did not qualify, period.

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