PSA Research Submission Tool - A new Mickey Mantle spec!
First and foremost, I have authored this thread for the purpose of informing my fellow collectors - that’s it. I feel obligated to say this because I try to be honest on the baseball card forums that I frequent. I blame my parents.
Anyhow, I enjoy the process of getting a spec created. I have a few under my belt and as such, I feel like I could share some information to help others along. You see, this process used to be pretty arduous; I’ll go no further than that because I can’t speak from experience. My personal dealings with PSA’s Research Department have always been first rate; I haven’t had a bad experience - ever. Even when they’ve said no. Still, you read the boards and you listen to the veteran collectors and you’ll hear the stories of how hard it has been to get new cards and variations recognized in the past. Again, that’s never been my experience but it doesn’t really matter anyway because the times, they are a-changin...
If you are on the website, it’s even easier to use but I, like many (am a spoiled brat and), prefer to use my phone. So just recognize you’ve got to use the drop down menu to toggle what you’d like to do:
Now, once you’re on the page, it’s pretty simple:
1) Upload your scans of the item.
2) Provide valid links (or .pdf, or screenshots, etc) to credible websites that have the card check listed in official capacity (think beckett.com rather than Dr. Vinny Boombatz’s Sick Card Website brought to you by geocities, ok?)
That’s it. Then, you get an email that tells you you hear back from research in 5-7 business days. Now, experiences will vary, I am sure, but it is my understanding that many of the new hires were in Research and boy does that seem to be the case.
Since I can’t go into graphic detail, as I am not sure how much I can share of this part of the process, I think this bit is ok:
I had an actual rep reach out and had an actual back and forth with a PSA Researcher within 24 hours of that email being sent. No bots, no ghosting, no nothing. An actual real life person told me what else I would need, I got it to her and she got it done. It was, in a word, sublime. Within 48 hours of reaching out, a new spec was created and within 72 hours it was mailed to Newport Beach on a Super Express ticket. It’s in Research and ID now and I started my request on 12/17 or 18.
I hope this is news you can use, my fellow collectors. The item in question (below) has been around for 55 years and he’s the backbone of my collection so it’s a pretty marvelous feeling to be able to have the first one in a PSA slab. With a little luck, that will be the case come January.
1965 Grand Slam Mattress Premium Photo - Mickey Mantle
Feel free to drop any questions or comments you have; I just like helping people and I’m getting started on one of my 2021 collecting goals early. Well, two, maybe... 😉
Lastly, a shout out to Jackie C and Beth D at PSA! You ladies are the cream of the crop.
That’s it; you can bet your bottom dollar scans in the slab will be up when I get this beauty home.
Happy Holidays, CU!
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