December Closure: 16th December 2023 – 1st January 2024

What We Do

Who We Are

In 2020, we embarked on an exciting journey as a husband-and-wife duo, determined to create a business that caters to trading card enthusiasts and offers a top-notch middleman grading service. Juggling our busy family life, we set out to establish a close partnership with Beckett Grading Services, becoming the first UK & EU intermediary to deliver collectors, sellers, and buyers a seamless, hassle-free grading experience in collaboration with this renowned US-based organization.

With a passion for trading cards and a commitment to excellence, we set our sights on bridging the gap between collectors and Beckett Grading Services. Our goal is to empower collectors in the UK & EU with easy access to professional and reliable grading services, unlocking the true potential of their prized collections.

As an intermediary for Beckett (BGS) & AGS Grading, you send us your cards; we pass them on to Beckett or AGS, your cards are graded and then safely returned to you. By using a middleman service like us, you are saving time, money and will be able to rest assured your cards will be properly insured throughout their journey.

Our mission is to provide choice, counsel and care to both new and seasoned collectors.

For more information, feel free to get in touch.



John grew up in the 90s. As a 90s kid, he was there when Pokémon hit the scene and with thanks to his mother, grew a substantial card collection. He kept them in excellent condition… he clearly knew Pokémon was here to stay.

After John left school, he worked in Sales & Recruitment roles across several different industries. He stumbled upon his collection after rummaging through his old things and soon enough he was back in the Pokémon world.

John established Black Label Grading with his partner, Vicky, to help fellow trading card collectors, buyers and sellers access Beckett grading services easily.




Vicky studied Chemistry at University and then went on to work in Marketing. Yes, it was often the first topic of conversation in an interview and she will often argue the two are in fact linked. “Marketing is full of analysis… much like Chemistry”. You won’t be burning holes in your clothes or accidently making cyanide when managing a marketing department however!

Vicky shares the same vision as her husband and has ambitious plans for the company. Her background means all our communications are clear, transparent and customer centric.




Connor heads up our EU Hub from Holland.

Connor partnered with Black Label Grading to manage non-UK submissions in April 2022. His passion for the trading card industry can be seen through his dedication and commitment to the community he leads via his shinynightfury Instagram account.

His reputation and loyalty to the industry means he is the perfect fit for expanding our operation to the European market.

You can contact Connor directly for any EU queries at


Submission Countdown

We submit cards monthly to Beckett & AGS. Please get your cards to us before the deadline to ensure your cards are sent off in time. This month’s submission deadline is:

December 15, 2023

December 11, 2023