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What does PSA do with the card savers after grading?

I thought they were to be returned with the graded cards. I forgot to inquire about this earlier when I realized I blew through my first pack of 100. I know they're cheap but figured I would ask if this is normal or if they were forgotten about.

I'd buy/rent them from PSA instead of buying new ones constantly.

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    MarshallFaulk28MarshallFaulk28 Posts: 380 ✭✭✭

    I think they are sadly discarded which is unfortunate. There is all that wasted plastic which is unnecessary because these could easily be re-used. Most of the time, people are submitting brand new card savers that only ever get used once for their submission. It's another single use plastic that just goes into the garbage.

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    82FootballWaxMemorys82FootballWaxMemorys Posts: 1,295 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited June 11, 2023 11:25AM

    Knowing the parent company they are resealing in bundles of 50 and selling them at 3x retail.

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭

    The card savers have a white sticker attached with the card info/submission #/ and pending cert# with barcode during Research & ID stage, so they'd be besmirched anyways ... It's just the added cost of grading....

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    MarshallFaulk28MarshallFaulk28 Posts: 380 ✭✭✭

    @RufussCkingston said:
    The card savers have a white sticker attached with the card info/submission #/ and pending cert# with barcode during Research & ID stage, so they'd be besmirched anyways ... It's just the added cost of grading....

    It's still wasteful if they clogging up landfills with all this plastic. Pretty sure these holders cannot be recycled. They could start using removable stickers, or I'm sure they could come up with some better solution than what they are doing.

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    EstilEstil Posts: 6,922 ✭✭✭✭

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    CardGeekCardGeek Posts: 402 ✭✭✭

    One time I bought like 1000 top loaders for 50 bucks from some guy in a parking lot.

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    DBesse27DBesse27 Posts: 3,029 ✭✭✭✭✭

    They’ve never been returned, unless it’s still holding a card they refused to grade.

    I think they throw them in the ocean. Or possibly insert them directly into dolphins’ blowholes.

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    JolleyWrencherJolleyWrencher Posts: 605 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for confirming the process. Unbeknownst to my Uncle, I transferred all his top loaders into card savers and gave him his top loaders back when I dropped off his graded cards. I let him believe PSA returned the top loaders :smile:
    I will eat the cost for my Uncle.

    I don't dare submit them in top loaders.

    The card savers can't be much more valuable to PSA than the packing material is. I would opt to pay another $1 or $2 for the card savers to be returned.

    I plan to buy cheaper card savers next time since they are seemingly disposable at this point in time.

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭

    @JolleyWrencher said:

    The card savers can't be much more valuable to PSA than the packing material is. I would opt to pay another $1 or $2 for the card savers to be returned.

    It's a logistical issue, and the fact of the sticker on them. And now they need to use bigger boxes to shove in used/defiled card savers! :D

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    JolleyWrencherJolleyWrencher Posts: 605 ✭✭✭

    @RufussCkingston said:

    @JolleyWrencher said:

    The card savers can't be much more valuable to PSA than the packing material is. I would opt to pay another $1 or $2 for the card savers to be returned.

    It's a logistical issue, and the fact of the sticker on them. And now they need to use bigger boxes to shove in used/defiled card savers! :D

    Very true. Just figured there had to be thousands of these incoming weekly. If they're just tossing/recycling them then I would love to see some recycling program just because it's a good thing to do.

    Regardless, I was curious more than anything. It would be cool to see a "this is how it's made" on the various processes at a grading company. Probably would be a great promo/ad video for those late night stoners.

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    RufussCkingstonRufussCkingston Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭

    I bet they have a blue bin for the used card savers and all the cracked out slabs..

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