Who Owns PSA? A Brief History.

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PSA is owned by Collectors Universe, an American company based in southern California. Collectors Universe was formed in 1986 with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).

When was PSA Founded?

PSA was founded in 1991, beating other popular grading company Beckett Grading Services (BGS) to the market, which was founded in 1999, according to Sports Collectors Digest.

Both companies are major players in the card grading space, which has seen tremendous growth over the last few years.

Is PSA Public Company?

Collectors Universe went public in 1999, trading on NASDAQ under the symbol CLCT. However, the company is currently private again after being acquired for approximately $700 million by an investor group in 2021.

Who Bought Collectors Universe?

Tech entrepreneur Nat Turner led an investor group of D1 Capital Partners and Cohen Private Ventures, LLC, to acquire Collectors Universe.

Here is a tweet from Joe Pompliano, which mentions Turner, Mets owner Steve Cohen, and Hornets minority owner Dan Sundhei, teaming up to acquire Collectors Universe.

What Other Companies Does Collectors Universe Own?

Notably, Collectors Universe acquired Card Ladder, a leader in trading card sales data. As their homepage touts, “track and grow your collection with comprehensive analytics and value estimations for millions of cards, including sales data from 14 platforms and population reports from PSA, BGS, and SGC.”

Collectors Universe also recently acquired Goldin Auctions, a well-known auction leader in the sports card industry.

How Many Cards Has PSA Graded?

According to the PSA website, it is mentioned that “PSA has certified over 40 million cards and collectibles.” Of course, it doesn’t speak to the number of cards graded, but this tweet helps shed some light on just how many cards are being graded (or how many were being graded not long ago):