HGA Grades Pokemon Cards

The Pokémon Trading Card Game, also known as Pokémon TCG, is a tabletop game that involves collecting, trading, and playing with Pokémon-themed playing cards. While it has its own set of rules, it draws inspiration from the video games and features Pokémon cards for every species, Trainer cards with various characters and items, and Energy cards to power attacks. The artwork for the cards is often created specifically for the TCG by a team of artists, with occasional use of pre-existing art from the core series. The game has a large following and has produced over 52.9 billion cards in 14 languages, sold in 89 countries and regions as of July 2023.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game originated in Japan and was developed based on the popular Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow Game Boy video game released by Nintendo in 1996. It was initially introduced to the Japanese market in October 1996 by Media Factory. In the United States, the game was first published by Wizards of the Coast towards the end of 1998, taking advantage of the growing popularity of Pokémon in the country. Wizards of the Coast continued to release numerous expansion sets for the game over the next five years, until June 2003 Nintendo transferred the publishing rights from Wizards of the Coast to The Pokémon Company who still holds the rights and is the sole manufacturer to this day.
The Pokémon Trading Card Game
Graded cards often have a higher resale value and are more sought after by serious collectors to display, invest, and sell. It doesn’t matter if it is for personal collection or you are selling your cards, the first step to upgrading your collection is to get it graded.

Importance of Grading Pokemon Cards

Grading is an important part to any collector who wants to preserve, protect, and authenticate their collection. Grading your cards gives you assurance and piece of mind of the following points.

Condition Determination

A card’s grade can significantly influence its market value. A mint condition card can fetch prices exponentially higher than its worn counterparts.


Grading ensures the card’s authenticity, protecting collectors from counterfeit cards.


Once graded, cards are sealed in a tamper-resistant, protective case, preserving their condition. Allowing you to display and show off your cards without fear of damage or wear.

Our Unique Label Designs Enhance Your Pokemon Cards

At HGA, we understand that each card has its own story. From the friendly pig Pokemon Lechonk, to the fan favorite Pikachu our unique label library system features full color custom designed labels to fit any card. Utilizing design elements from the cards and Pokemon universe our labels will make every Pokemon card in your collection stand out as you Grade ‘em All!

transparency to the grading industry. With a focus on accurate grading, amazing custom labels, superior encapsulation, and helpful customer service HGA strives to continue to push the grading industry to new heights.

HGA uses an accurate 10-point grading scale, with grades ranging from 10 (Pristine) to 1 (Poor). The HGA graders utilize a combination of technology, industry experience, and a lengthy training process to make sure each card is given precise, and accurate grades. This grading process factors in the cards overall appearance, as well as individual defects or blemishes to create the final overall grade based on HGA’s strict grading standards.

HGA’s label is designed with the collector in mind. Gone are the days of boring single colored labels. The HGA label library system allows every card to have a special full color label designed specifically for their card or collection, letting collectors make their graded collection truly unique and something eye-catching to display and cherish.

The HGA holder or slab is made from a custom blend of plastics sourced and made in the USA. Delivering a strong, and sturdy slab designed to keep the cards’ corners, edges and surfaces protected, and with crystal-clear optics, your cards’ artwork, color and detail are never obscured. The HGA slab is impact, and tamper resistant and can hold cards up to 360pts or 9.14mm thick. Allowing for the widest range of card thickness of any third-party grading service.

Customer service has been a point of contention in the grading industry for many years. HGA focuses on bringing a new level of customer service to the grading industry. The customer service staff at HGA is dedicated to help every customer question or concern with a timely and accurate response. Standing proud by their ability to resolve and help almost all customers, HGA is always striving to continue this path of excellence.

What Makes Grading With HGA Different

With the launch of HGA in 2021 a revolution in the grading industry began. HGA focuses on bringing a new focus to the many things that customers had been wanting from existing companies for years. Focusing on these 4 principles HGA continues to improve the grading process and strives to push grading to the next level.


Our hybrid grading approach combines the best of technology with human expertise, ensuring accurate and consistent grades.

Turnaround Time

We pride ourselves on our efficient grading process, ensuring you get your cards back in a timely manner. Your turnaround is guaranteed, or the grading is free of charge.

Customer Service

Our team is always available to answer any queries and guide you through the submission process. We’re committed to customer service.


With HGA, you’ll always know the status of your card, from submission to return.

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