The Professional Sports Authenticator card grading company in Orange County, Calif., has closed until further notice as it follows the state’s mandate that all nonessential workers remain at home to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
PSA is asking customers not to ship submissions to its California office until operations reopen.
We already know many sports card and memorabilia shows have been canceled or postponed country-wide, and more are likely to follow. Officials from the 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, scheduled for the end of July, told SCD they are keeping close tabs on the situation.
Card shops are obviously also closed in areas where mandates like California’s are in place, and more figure to close as other states adopt similar edicts.
Here’s the PSA COVID-19 policy statement released Friday:
Pursuant to Executive Order N-33-20, issued on March 19, 2020 by the Governor of California, Collectors Universe's Orange County office has closed until further notice.
As a result, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) have temporarily ceased operations, effective immediately.
Customers are asked to not ship submissions to our California office until operations are reopened. If you have an inbound shipment to Collectors Universe, it will be received and securely stored at our facility.
It is evident to all that we are in uncharted territory. For now, the larger public good mandates this closure. We will share our reopen date once it is established by the state of California.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and please stay healthy.