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Pop Report: PSA Grading Volume Drops 35% Over Prior Week

Pop Report: PSA Grading Volume Drops 35% Over Prior Week

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PSA graded just 112,934 cards last week for a 35% decrease compared to the prior week.

Read this week’s Pop Report from GemRate for more details on PSA’s recent grading trends.

From a category perspective:

  • All categories experienced steep declines this week with lower volumes across the board.

The mix of the top 50 players (and characters) graded during the period were as follows

20 – Basketball

14 – Baseball

9 – Football

7 – TCG

Below you’ll find a list of the top players graded for each category. 

An important consideration is what to make of this list. In the current situation where fears of junk slabs dominate the hobby, ranking high on this list likely is negatively correlated with price as that signals a meaningful number of slabs could move into the market in the near future. However, under normal circumstances, it could potentially be a leading indicator of positive price correlation as the list more accurately represents forward looking activity (i.e. bets being placed on players) and price potential.

BASKETBALL

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card (during the 1-week period)

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Zion Williamson. LeBron James, Luka Doncic, Kobe Bryant, Tyler Herro, Trae Young, Rui Hachimura
  • DOWN: Michael Jordan, Coby White
  • OUT: LaMelo Ball

BASEBALL

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card (during the 1-week period)

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP:  Mike Trout, Randy Arozarena, Gavin Lux, Jasson Dominguez, Shohei Ohtani
  • DOWN: Kyle Lewis, Yordan Alvarez
  • OUT: Juan Soto, Ken Griffey Jr.

FOOTBALL

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card (during the 1-week period)

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Patrick Mahomes II, Tom Brady
  • DOWN: Tua Tagovailoa, Mac Jones

SOCCER

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card (during the 1-week period)

Noteworthy moves

  • UP: Erling Haaland, Kai Havertz, Jadon Sancho, Ansu Fati, Phil Foden, Giovanni Reyna
  • DOWN: Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Youssoufa Moukoko
  • OUT: Pele, Marcus Rashford, Jude Bellingham, Christian Pulisic

Note: Hockey and soccer lists are more volatile because grading activity is lower. Much smaller moves in grading activity can have a big impact on these lists.

HOCKEY

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card (during the 1-week period)

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Bobby Orr, Jack Hughes, Quinn Hughes, Jaromir Jagr, Alexis Lafreniere, Bobby Hull, Steve Yzerman, Kaapo Kakko 
  • DOWN: Connor McDavid
  • OUT: Alexander Ovechkin, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar

Note: Hockey and soccer lists are more volatile because grading activity is lower. Much smaller moves in grading activity can have a big impact on these lists.

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