Last December we launched our official grading service: Cardmarket Grading. Today we have a big update, or several updates, regarding many aspects of it.
Late last year, Cardmarket ventured into a new service: grading. As the popularity of trading cards is ever increasing, so is the desire for people to have their cards graded. Naturally, as a marketplace, we have an affinity to graded cards, as it helps secure and authenticate higher- and high-end cards. We also noticed a demand for an affordable grading service specifically in Europe, and thus a possible connection to our marketplace, which we aim to be the one place to serve all TCG-related interests.
While the initial launch of our grading service is considered a success in our eyes, there are a lot of things we learned that could be improved and optimized. Today we take a look at the new and improved version of Cardmarket Grading. We talk about slabs, a population report, and the topic that has received the most feedback by far: the label.
Before we dive in, we'd like to thank everybody who has been vocal about their experience, positive or negative. It is only because of your feedback that we are able to improve.
We are happy to welcome three additions to the list of countries where Cardmarket Grading is available. We now accept cards for grading from the United Kingdom, from Norway, and from Switzerland.
While there wasn't necessarily anything wrong with our initial slabs, designed and manufactured in Germany, we received some feedback on the size and shape, and have decided to adjust them. The new casings should offer a closer fit to what people are expecting compared to other grading services.
The following changes have been made to the slabs:
Another important feature of a grading service is an existing population report. Cardmarket Grading was already keeping such a report for internal use, but we have decided to create a public version after having received a lot of feedback asking for it.
For those who don't know, a population report is essentially an online database that tracks which cards and, more importantly, how often those specific cards have been graded. Do you have a Beta Black Lotus? A Base Set Charizard? You can now see exactly how many other copies of that card have gone through our grading service, and what the grades were.
You can find our first version of the population report at:
Please keep in mind that we're still working on improving this report, and will add more features to it in the future. But for now, a very basic version allows you to check what cards have been graded, and how. Additionally, you can enter the unique ID of your graded card directly to find it in the population report. (Omit leading zeros, so for #00001515 just enter 1515.)
The topic we received the most feedback on, by far, was the initial design of our label. Whether constructive or less so, we've heard you and taken appropriate measures! We wanted our grading service to have a premium look and feel, especially with the new high-quality slabs, and the old label was not conveying this properly.
You will find the new label to be much more clean aesthetically and of a higher quality material. The following changes have been made to the label:
We hope that these improvements will be more in line with your expectations for our grading service. We do take this matter very seriously and are in this project for the long run. We appreciate all of the feedback you have given us over the past months, it helped us directly make these improvements.
If you already did get cards graded at Cardmarket Grading and want to have them reslabbed with the new label, we're happy to offer you a 50% discount. Just purchase another grading on our platform from now until the end of the year and contact Cardmarket Grading through our messaging system. They will refund €10.
If you want to know more about Cardmarket Grading, we made a video back in December when we visited the Cardmarket Grading office. Have a look below!
As a final note, we're running a giveaway to celebrate the news. If you order a grading, excluding reslabs, between now and July 31, 2022, for Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Dragonball Super, Digimon, Flesh and Blood, or the Pokémon TCG, you will enter into a raffle to win one of our featured graded cards for that game. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information!
Entry to the raffle and prize is limited to one per person; prize will be selected based on the game of the majority of the cards you send in for grading.