Quick Poll: If you pulled a Gem Mint Gengar EX 114/119 straight out of a Phantom Forces Booster Pack…would you PSA it or not?
For those of you who aren’t aware of professional grading, here’s a crash course: many collectors will choose to have their cards graded by a private company. (PSA or BGS are the big ones) These companies look at the card and examine it for big things like scratches, edgewear, creases, and dents, and little things like centering and printing quality. After looking at all these aspects of a card, they grade it on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the worst (Poor) and 10 being the best. (Gem Mint for PSA or Pristine for BGS) The main reason collectors do this is to increase the value of their cards.
It’s a judgement call. The card is worth ~$20 as is at current market value. The grading will cost $17.
The best grade you will get though is a 9 out of 10, if not lower than that (if it is lower you just wasted your money grading it, because collectors really only want 9’s or 10’s). If you got a 9 or 10 PSA graded card, then in the future, it could be worth some money.