TAG Expands Grading Eligibility to 1989
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TAG Grading listened to the demands of avid collectors eager to expand their TAG'd portfolios as their universe of eligible cards continues to grow with a leap back in time to 1989.
At their on-site grading appearance at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago in July, TAG officially opened the door to what many collectors consider the year which launched the Modern era of trading cards. With this change, numerous iconic cards became eligible for TAG's revolutionary grading method of machine-learning computer vision grading including the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr, rookie cards of hobby icons Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter, and collector favorite sets such as 1993 Topps Finest and 1997 Metal Universe Basketball.
For TAG Co-Founder and Vice President of Product and Innovation Michael Cook, the expansion is important both professionally and personally. A lifelong baseball catcher, Cook relishes the opportunity to collect his childhood hero in TAG slabs, with his favorite card, the 1992 Bowman Mike Piazza, now eligible for submission. "For me, collecting Mike Piazza was a devotion, fusing my love of the game with a tangible emblem of inspiration," Cook stated.
The new timeline went into place immediately, with cards from 1989-1999 eligible for August's TAG Grading Drop, provided they meet the rest of TAG's grading criteria, which can be viewed here.
Cook and TAG have no intention of stopping there, with steady market growth and increasing submission rates each month further encouraging TAG's expansion. "1989 is only the beginning for TAG," Cook says.
In celebration of this announcement, TAG has announced a giveaway of the very first TAG'd Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 Upper Deck Star Rookie Card. Anyone is eligible to win via TAG's Instagram or X (Twitter) posts. To enter to win via IG, simply tag a friend in the comments and / or explain why you want to win. To enter to win on X, just Re-post and Like the post. Must be following to win. To view the full TAG report of the card, click here.
Other initiatives previewed by TAG at the convention which will soon be available to the public include the Verified Authentic program for encapsulation without a grade and a partnership with James Spence Authentication to allow the encapsulation of in-person signatures authenticated by JSA, as well as the grading of eligible cards which pass JSA's review.