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Old 09-26-2018, 03:21 AM
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Default How to tell age of PSA graded cards, numbering system

Was wondering if there is a way to tell the year or date of when a PSA baseball card was graded with the "cert" numbers on each card? Has there been a consistant numbering system used that could place a card in an age range?
.....Reason I ask is, I am a huge collector of the 1962 Topps Baseball "green tint/Variation" cards, and I have about 200 or more that are the "green tint" but are not properly labeled that way.
.....I wanted to enter my sets in the PSA set registry under the 1962 Super set catagory which contains the green tints but can't because they are not labeled correctly.
....Finnally after months of back and forth with PSA, I was told that prior to June of 2012 they did recognize the green tints and then after that they did.
.....anyway if they were graded prior to that date then I pay for new label, if after June of 2012 they will pay.
.....Only thing is, they won't tell me how I can tell by the 'cert" number weather it was before or after that date.....
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Old 09-26-2018, 05:52 AM
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Yes, cards that were graded as cert #20,000,000 were done in approximately mid-2012. Here's a 2012 Bryce Harper with a 20,700,000 Cert.

2012 Topps Pro Debut - [Base] #145 - Bryce Harper [PSA*9*MINT]
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Around 23,000,000 they started adding the hologram to the front of flips. Around 28,000,000 they started adding the PSA Lighthouse label.
Higher than 30,000,000, they would need to have the PSA Lighthouse label. Many of PSA's VERY OLD grades had Cert numbers from 30Million, 40M, 90M, so they had to skip those numbers when their numbering system finally caught up to those certs. So if you see any cards between 30M and 43M, they need to have the most current lighthouse label to be graded between 2012 and now. It's still slightly possible they were graded 20 years ago and were sent in for reholdering recently, but if they're from your personal collection, that doesn't really apply because you would know which cards those are.
PWCC: The Fish Stinks From the Head
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BGS: Can't detect trimming on modern
SGC: Closed auto authentication business
JSA: Approved same T206 Autos before SGC
Oh, what a difference a year makes.
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:57 AM
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Yes. If you see a vintage card in a slab graded PSA 5, and that card appears to you to actually be in EX or so condition, the card was graded between 2000 and 2012. If you see a card in a slab graded PSA 5 that appears to be at least a PSA 7 NM, well then that card was probably graded in 2017 or 2018...

I'm kidding. Somewhere here on this forum there is a thread with a guide to the flips which tells you based on flip format and subtle changes (the hologram and barber pole stickers for example are recent additions...) roughly what year ranges those flips were used for in grading. The oldest are the flips that look like they have almost dot matrix style font on them, with slashes in the zeros and that kind of thing. Most of those are from the 1990's.
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:27 AM
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they actually started the lighthouse labels around cert 274XXXXX in June 2017.
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Old 10-04-2018, 12:01 PM
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This one goes back about 20 years:

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