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Cards Accepted by CGC Trading Cards

What cards does CGC Trading Cards grade?

CGC Trading Cards accepts virtually all Pokémon TCG and Magic: The Gathering cards.

CGC Trading Cards also accepts Gamma play test Magic cards, "Artist's Alterations" (altered by the artist of the card) and "Artistic Alterations" (altered by anyone in an artful way). Artistically altered cards are generally encapsulated with the Qualified (Green) Label.

At this time, CGC Trading Cards does not accept the following card types:
  • Cards larger than standard playing sizes.
  • Non-TCG Pokémon cards, such as those made by Topps.
  • Cards other than Pokémon or Magic cards.
CGC Trading Cards does not certify counterfeit cards. A counterfeit card is one manufactured by anyone other than the official company that produces it.

Certain cards are deemed not suitable for certification on a case-by-case basis; for example, a card with significant missing pieces or with structural integrity issues.

Will CGC Trading Cards grade other types of cards?

CGC Trading Cards currently grades Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering cards, but additional card types may be accepted in the future. Its affiliate Certified Sports Guaranty (CSG) focuses on grading sports cards. For more information about CSG visit, CSGcards.com.

Does CGC Trading Cards grade foreign language Magic and Pokémon cards?

Yes. CGC Trading Cards grades all languages of Magic cards and all languages of standard-sized Pokémon cards.

Does CGC Trading Cards grade autographed or signed cards?

CGC Trading Cards does not authenticate signatures. If a card has been signed, it will be graded and encapsulated with the Qualified (Green) Label, with "Unwitnessed Signature" on the back of the label.

Does CGC Trading Cards certify altered cards?

CGC Trading Cards will not grade any card that has been altered to create the deception that it is a rarer version; for example, turning white borders black or changing the set symbol. CGC Trading Cards will grade "Artist's Alterations" (altered by the artist of the card) and "Artistic Alterations" (altered by anyone in an artful way). Artistically altered cards are generally encapsulated in the green Qualified Label.

Does CGC Trading Cards certify error cards?

Yes, CGC Trading Cards will grade a card that has a printing error. There is an additional $5 fee for error cards.

Will CGC Trading Cards certify NFC (Not Factor Cut) or odd-sized cards?

CGC Trading Cards will certify NFC cards only if the cards will fit securely into our holder. They will be accompanied by our green Qualified Label. Odd-sized cards that will not be secure in our holder are not eligible for certification at this time.

Does CGC Trading Cards certify rebacked cards or clipped Beta Cards?

Rebacked and clipped cards are not eligible for certification by CGC Trading Cards. In most cases, rebacked cards are produced by sanding the face of one card and the back of another and gluing them together. This is always done with less valuable cards to create a forgery of a more expensive card. Clipped Beta cards have had the corners made more rounded to imitate an Alpha card. These cards are not eligible for CGC Trading Cards certification.


Still not finding an answer? Contact CGC Customer Service at 1.877.NM.COMIC, 941 360 3991 or service@CGCcomics.com.