New PSA Case Revealed

I just received an email about the new PSA card holder and figured I’d share it here.

Starting with sports card submissions this May with plans for a wider rollout

  • Medical-grade plastic composition—an industry first.
  • 20% heavier with identical exterior dimensions.
  • Ultra impermeable to heat, humidity, water, and UV light.
  • Extra protective against micro-scratches and surface scuffs.
  • No mylar, no movement, no unwanted Newton Ring illusions.

@pokecollectoramy i just saw your post and consolidated to this thread!

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TLDR from their website:

Starting with sports card submissions this May with plans for a wider rollout

  • Medical-grade plastic composition—an industry first.
  • 20% heavier with identical exterior dimensions.
  • Ultra impermeable to heat, humidity, water, and UV light.
  • Extra protective against micro-scratches and surface scuffs.
  • No mylar, no movement, no unwanted Newton Ring illusions.

Curious how much more resistant it is to scratches

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20% heavier = RIP delivery fees

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It’s only Tuesday and there has been so much interesting things being revealed like the trophy card, and now a new holder.

I just submitted cards yesterday, seems like they should be getting the new holders. I’m excited to hold medical grade plastic card holders lol

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It’s strange how heavier has become synonymous with better but it must be a fairly universal thing.

Like Beats headphones came (and may still come) with added weight inside the plastic to make them feel better.

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Medical grade plastic is welcome with how often my slabs are in my mouth.

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Say goodbye to scratches caused by your fangs. win-win

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PSA is putting the consumer first.

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I was thinking the same thing haha.

I saw 20%… my brain filled it in as “lighter”, then the guy says “heavier” :face_with_spiral_eyes:

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The 20% weight increase changes very little in shipping cost.
For a 50 card submission:

BEFORE:
5 oz box
1.5 oz per card x 50 = 75 oz
5 pounds total

AFTER:
5 oz box
1.8 oz per card x 50 = 90 oz
6 pounds total

So an increase of 1 pound of weight for a 50 card submission. If shipping Ground USPS, you are using volumetric box size instead of weight anyways, so no change in price for return shipping from PSA. Unless PSA uses trash companies like Fedex or UPS.

For a single card shipment, the 1 oz bubble mailer and the new card weight is still under 4 oz, the lowest weight class for shipping first class bubble mailer anyways.

So, in summary, this changes nothing or very little. Don’t be afraid. Probably less chance of the slab cracking during shipment, so that is worth the extra weight.

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lol uhhh

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Stealing my poor “likes received” :disappointed::joy:

Seriously though I am looking forward to holding one in person and seeing the differences. I don’t really know what medical grade plastic means in this case lol but good to see some evolution here since the cases are basically the same as they were in 1999 with minor enhancements

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:rofl:

But this is very interesting. I wonder how noticeable the difference would be

In an interview 9 months ago, Nat Turner said the new cases will cut down on scratching the card inside. People think graded slabs protect cards. But they are assuming the plastic is 100% smooth, when it’s not, it has valleys and bumps when looking at microscopic level

Mouthfeel will give it away immediately.

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time to reslab my whole collection, or no xD

I for one welcome the discourse of whether light or heavy slabs are more valuable the same way people litigate cert numbers.

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curious to see how scratch resistant it is. it feels bad sleeving slabs. if companies can figure out how to negate microscratches somehow short of moving to glass, i will be more interested in slabbing cards

PSA has used FedEX for 100% of my submissions this year. :headstone: