Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, you can find them here.


What grading companies can Nostalgic Avenue submit my cards to? What service levels are available?

Currently we are submitting cards to the following grading companies:

PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator)
         SUPER EXPRESS (Maximum DV $4,999) : $249/card (5 business day turnaround)
         EXPRESS (Maximum DV $2,499) : $129/card (10 business day turnaround)
         REGULAR (Maximum DV $1,499) : $75/card (15 business day turnaround)
         VALUE PLUS (Maximum DV $499) : $40.00/card (20 business day turnaround)
         BULK (Maximum DV $499) : $20/card (45 business day turnaround)

         *PSA utilizes a Declared Value (DV) to determine what service level can be used for a particular card. Please see our "What is a Declared Value (DV)?”
            FAQ for more information.*

We can also assist you with your submissions to BGS (Beckett Grading Services) and SGC (Sportscard Guaranty Corporation). If you are interested in submitting with those companies, please contact us for more information.

What is a Declared Value (DV)?

The Declared Value (DV) of your card is an estimate of the value of your card declared by you. The DV dictates which service levels you can utilize.

PSA and Declared Value (DV)
Certain service levels have a maximum DV a card can have to be submitted under that service level. The DV of a card you are trying to submit dictates which PSA service levels you CAN and CANNOT use.

For example, the PSA Regular grading service has a maximum DV of $1,499. If a card you are submitting is worth $2,000, there is a likelihood that PSA will require additional fees because the PSA Express service level (maximum DV of $2,499), or a higher service level, would have been the appropriate service level.

Selecting the incorrect service level will not prevent your cards from being submitted, but there is a possibility of delays in turnaround time and additional fees necessary.

How do I figure out what the Declared Value (DV) of my card is?

We have no single way of knowing the appropriate Declared Value (DV) of a card, but utilizing marketplaces and market tools (eBay, Card Ladder, Market Movers,, etc.) will help you become more informed.

Does Nostalgic Avenue drop my cards off to the grading companies or ship them?

Nostalgic Avenue is located in Escondido, CA. We drop off PSA submissions in person at least once per week. We also pick up completed PSA submissions in person.

Do you clean/prep my cards before sending them off for grading?

With our "Send All" service, we will clean and prep your cards before submitting them to the grading company of your choosing. This clean and prep includes gently wiping the cards down with a microfiber cloth, placing the card into a new penny sleeve, and then into new a Card Saver 1 semi-rigid holder.

With our "White Glove" service, we will clean your cards, perform a comprehensive evaluation of the condition of your cards, and place the cards into a new penny sleeve and a new Card Saver 1 semi-rigid holder.

What types of cards can I send in for evaluation and/or grading?

We can help you submit all types of cards including sports cards, TCG (trading card game) cards such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh, comic trading cards etc. If you are unsure, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly help you figure out what you have.

What is crossover service and can you help with that?

Yes! We can definitely help with Crossover service.

Crossover service is the process of submitting a graded card in a slab/case to another grading company. The new grading company will then crack the card out of its current slab/case and place it in a new one.

FOR EXAMPLE, sending a BGS graded card (in its BGS slab/case) to PSA to be graded by them. PSA will crack the card out of the BGS case and place it into a PSA case.

You can also choose to add a "minimum grade" request to the crossover submission. By doing so, the new grading company WILL NOT crack the card out of its current slab if they don't believe it will meet your requested minimum grade.

What happens after Nostalgic Avenue receives my cards?

After we receive your order, whether in person or through the mail, you should expect the following:

          Within 1 business day of receipt of your order: You will receive an e-mail notifying you that your order is in our possession.

          Within 2 business days of receipt of your order: You will receive an e-mail with photographs of every card from your order. Your cards will be input into
          our database (Year, Brand, Card Number, Player etc) and you will be able to view an itemized list of your cards under the Orders tab of your account

          Your cards will then be cleaned, prepped, and hand delivered to PSA.

Can I submit cards at different service levels in the same order?

Absolutely! All we ask is that you please clearly mark/separate which cards are being submitted at which service level. If we receive your order with multiple service levels, and the cards are not marked or separated, we will contact you so we can make sure your order is submitted accurately.

How do I submit my cards through Nostlagic Avenue?

Follow these simple steps to submit your cards with Nostalgic Avenue:

          STEP 1: Create and/or log in to your account
          STEP 2: Click on “Submit Cards”
          STEP 3: Click on “Get Started” under PSA
          STEP 4: Choose Item Type
          STEP 5: Choose Submission Type (Select “Autograph” under the “Grading” Submission Type if you wish to have an autograph grade or authentication)
          STEP 6: Choose your label (the sample labels depicted are to give you an idea of how your labels will look with each option)
          STEP 7: Choose Service Level
          STEP 8: Review your selections to make sure everything looks right. Next, select the Nostalgic Avenue service you desire (“Send All” or “White Glove”)
          STEP 9: Select the amount of cards you are submitting
          STEP 10: Select your preferred delivery option (“Personal Pick Up” or “Shipped Back To You”)
          STEP 11: Add your order to your shopping cart and complete the checkout process.
          STEP 12: Ship your order to, or drop your order off with, Nostalgic Avenue and let us take care of the rest.

Shipping / Receiving

Can I drop off my cards to Nostalgic Avenue in person?

Absolutely! Follow us on Instagram (@Nostalgic.Avenue) to see which local Southern California card shows you can find us at. We can gladly take possession of your orders there.

You can also drop your cards off at.....
          102 W. Grand Ave
          Escondido, CA 92025
          *NOTE: This option is currently only available by appointment only. Please contact us to schedule an appointment*

We are working hard to provide our clients with more local drop-off/pick-up locations. We will expand the list above as more locations become available.

Where do I ship my cards to?

Please send your carefully packaged cards to.....

Nostalgic Avenue
102 W. Grand Ave.
Escondido, CA 92025

Should I send my cards in a toploader, semi-rigid card saver, or magnetic one touch holder?

However you decide to send your cards, please ensure you secure and protect them so that they are received by us in the same condition as when you sent them. Whether you send your cards in toploaders, card savers, or magnetic holders, we always transfer your cards to a brand new semi-rigid card saver suitable for grading submissions. In the case of thicker cards, your cards will always be transferred to a brand new top loader before being submitted for grading.


What payment is due at the time I complete my online order?

Send All Service
Payment for your PSA submission order, using the "Send All" service, is due in full at the time your order is placed.

White Glove Service
Payment for our White Glove service itself is due at the time your order is placed. After you receive our comprehensive evaluation of your cards, you then select which cards to submit and at which service level. Once you notify us of your selections, you will receive an invoice for the remainder of your payment due.
          NOTE: Your cards will not be submitted for grading until your invoice is paid.

What is a "PSA Fee Correction" or "Upcharge" ?

A PSA Fee Correction, sometimes referred to as an "Upcharge," occurs when a card is submitted at a service level lower than it should have been submitted at, based on the card's Declared Value (DV). This is done completely at PSA's discretion.

In the event your order is marked by PSA for a Fee Correction/Upcharge, we will notify you via e-mail and provide a copy of the notice sent to us by PSA. We will also send you an invoice for the remaining balance.