April '24 Grading Recap

Published May 2nd, 2024
  • Overall grading activity declined by 7% in April compared to March, but was up 11% YoY.
    • PSA graded 1.21m cards - down 10% vs March, and down 1% YoY.
    • CGC graded 181k cards - down 2% vs March, and up 107% YoY.
    • SGC graded 164k cards - up 11% vs March, and up 73% YoY. This is an all-time high for SGC.
    • Beckett graded 63k cards - down 5% vs March, and up 13% YoY.
April Grading Summary

April Grading Summary - Sports

April Grading Summary - TCG+

Items Graded - by Month
Items Graded - by Month - Excluding PSA

Category Comparison

TCG Cards Graded at PSA

Items Graded by Era

Gem Rate Breakdown by Era

April 2024 PSA Grading Recap

  • PSA graded 1,211,567 items during April; total output declined by 10% vs March and was down 1% year-over-year.

Category Summary

Hockey was the strongest category in April

  • TCG was 36% of cards graded (vs 36% in March).
  • Only hockey (+17%), tickets (+21%), and misc (+2%) increased in April compared to March.

Set Summary - Sports & Other

2023 Prizm football continues to dominate

Set Summary - TCG+

Pokemon 151 (English) keeps lead over Japanese 151

Player Summary - Sports & Other

Stroud finally leaps Ohtani for the top spot

Subject Summary - TCG

Charizard holds onto the top spot

Card Summary - Sports & Other

Wembanyama claims the top two spots

Card Summary - TCG

Van Gogh Pikachu continues its run at the top

What's Next for PSA?

  • PSA output dipped following a record March. It’s likely that PSA moving offices had some impact on grading activity with results down across nearly all categories.
  • Overall, it’s been a busy few months for Collectors and PSA to start 2024. Given other initiatives that have been discussed publicly, we expect more of the same heading into the National in late July.

April 2024 SGC Grading Recap

  • SGC graded 163,979 cards during April - an 11% increase vs March and a 73% increase year-over-year.

Category Summary

TCG and football were the top categories in April

  • TCG was the top category in April (+47%), followed by football (+11%).

Set Summary

2023 Prizm football was the top graded set

Player (& Subject) Summary

Wembanyama jumps to the top spot

Card Summary

Wembanyama claims the top two spots

What's Next for SGC?

  • SGC grading activity set a new record high in April. A significant portion of the incremental grading activity in April was related to TCG, a very positive sign for SGC.
  • There was some concern that SGC might see grading activity slow due to the uncertainty related to the Collectors acquisition. Thus far, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

Other Graders - CGC

Category Summary

Set Summary

Card Summary

What's Next for CGC?

  • CGC output was yet again solid in April. A look at the top-graded sets suggests the company continues to benefit from its Asia grading efforts and commercial partnerships.

Other Charts - Beckett

Category Summary

Card Summary - Sports

Card Summary - TCG

What's Next for Beckett?

  • Beckett results have remained fairly consistent over the past few months. That said, Beckett is finally communicating with its audience again. They recently provided an update on its grading scale (a big topic and question mark in 2023) and lowered pricing. The hobby has been asking for more regular communication - and this appears to be a start.