Our Mission

Helping collectors pursue their passion through industry leading grading and authentication, tools to help collectors research and find the next big thing, and marketplaces to buy and sell.

Collectors through the years

1986

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is founded to standardize grading and make it possible for dealers to buy and sell coins sight unseen. The company quickly faces a backlog of orders as the demand for certification surges through the coin collecting world. Led by the top numismatists in the industry, PCGS sets the standard for coin grading for the decades ahead.

1991

Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) is founded for sports cards, following the lead of its older sibling PCGS, and established the 10 point grading scale that has become an industry standard. It takes PSA eight years to grade its first 1,000,000 cards, however as demand grows, PSA begins grading at least 1,000,000 cards each year.

1998

PSA/DNA Autograph Authentication services is founded and certifies Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball as the first collectible authenticated by the service.

1999

Collectors Universe, Inc. is established and trades publicly on NASDAQ under the symbol CLCT, parent company of both PCGS and PSA.

2001

PSA introduces its first-ever Population Report, which publicly displays the certification figures for over three million trading cards and PSA also introduces the Set Registry, the hobby’s first collection management and set building digital tool.

2006

PSA certifies its 10 millionth collectible.

2010

Collectors Universe’s coin division, PCGS, opens offices in Paris, the first of three international offices the division will introduce over the next three years.

2014

As more people discover collecting, Collectors Universe certifies its 50 millionth collectible.

2019

PSA introduces third party trading card authentication and grading to Japan with the opening of its Tokyo office. PSA certifies its 30 millionth collectible and Collectors Universe certifies its 75 millionth collectible since its first certified coin in 1986.

2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, hobbyists return to trading card, coin, and video game collecting. The result is an unprecedented demand for grading and PSA sees its backlog swell to over 12 million items as collectors look to grade trading cards as collectibles or alternative assets.

2021

Collectors Holdings, Inc., an investor group led by technology entrepreneur Nat Turner, D1 Capital Partners L.P., and Cohen Private Ventures, LLC, acquires Collectors Universe and takes the company private.

Mid 2021

Mobilized to reinvest in the company, Collectors acquired Goldin Auctions, WATA Games all within one year. The company surpasses 1,200 employees at the end of 2021.

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