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PSA Now Uses Red Labels for All Encapsulated Items, Both Signed and Unsigned

January 15, 2019

Prior to January 1, 2019, PSA/DNA used blue labels such as the one shown above for their autograph authentication and encapsulation service.

Prior to January 1, 2019, PSA/DNA used blue labels such as the one shown above for their autograph authentication and encapsulation service.

  PSA/DNA-authenticated items now undergoing encapsulation will receive a red label with only a generic description of the item (i.e., TRADING CARD).

PSA/DNA-authenticated items now undergoing encapsulation will receive a red label with only a generic description of the item (i.e., TRADING CARD).

  To include specific information regarding the year and manufacturer on trading cards or tickets, the items must be submitted through PSA’s Dual Service.

To include specific information regarding the year and manufacturer on trading cards or tickets, the items must be submitted through PSA’s Dual Service.

Change is made based on better security measures and consistency

Newport Beach, California (January 15, 2019) – After 20 years of using blue labels for any items encapsulated through PSA/DNA, PSA’s autograph authentication division, the company will now use red labels across the board for all submissions going forward. The change went into effect on January 1, 2019.  The decision impacts encapsulation submissions of all types and sizes and includes PSA’s recently launched line of oversized “jumbo holders” that accommodates larger-scale items like 8x10 photos and signed documents.  The decision was made based on two primary factors: better security and uniformity.

“The red labels have now been integrated into our autograph encapsulation and original photograph services,” said PSA President Steve Sloan.  “Uniformity and consistency are significant aspects for collectors, but we also believe that the added security measures that come with the red labels, such as the PSA LightHouse™ logo and the fugitive ink pattern, are critical components of collecting today.”

Another important distinction is that any autographed items currently with the PSA/DNA blue label that are being reholdered to the red label may not have specific ticket or card information reflected on the label.  For example, only trading cards submitted through PSA’s dual-service option that are determined to be authentic will include the year and manufacturer on the label.

“It’s important for collectors to recognize this difference,” Sloan emphasized. “If they see an autographed card with the designation ‘trading card’ on the LightHouse label, that means that PSA has only authenticated the autograph.  However, if the label specifies year and manufacturer, that means the submission went through our dual authentication service.”

Collectors who possess large collections of previously encapsulated items in PSA/DNA blue labels who are now interested in reholdering to red LightHouse labels are encouraged to call PSA’s Customer Service department at (800) 325-1121 for special pricing information.

Regardless of the item, PSA/DNA will now use red labels under its autograph authentication and encapsulation service.

Regardless of the item, PSA/DNA will now use red labels under its autograph authentication and encapsulation service.

  The decision impacts encapsulation submissions of all types and sizes, including PSA’s recently launched line of oversized “jumbo holders” for items such as signed and unsigned original photographs, 8x10 photos, signed documents, and much more.

The decision impacts encapsulation submissions of all types and sizes, including PSA’s recently launched line of oversized “jumbo holders” for items such as signed and unsigned original photographs, 8x10 photos, signed documents, and much more.

To learn more about the security features of PSA’s red label, visit www.PSAcard.com/security.  PSA is the world’s largest trading card, autograph and memorabilia authentication and grading service.  Since 1991, PSA experts have examined and certified over 32 million collectibles with a combined value of over $1 billion.  For more details, visit www.PSAcard.com.


Article provided by Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) at www.PSAcard.com

 
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