December '23 Grading Recap

Published January 2nd, 2024
  • Overall grading activity was up 3% in December vs November (and up 18% YoY).
    • PSA graded 1.23m cards - up 9% vs November, and up 16% YoY
    • SGC graded 123k cards - up 2% vs November, and up 58% YoY
    • CGC graded 165k cards - down 27% vs November, and up 9% YoY
    • Beckett graded 60k cards - down 13% vs November, and up 10% YoY
December Grading Summary

December Grading Summary - Sports

December 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

December 2023 PSA Grading Recap

  • PSA graded 1,232,673 items during December; total output increased 9% vs November and was up 16% year-over-year.

Category Summary

Basketball momentum helped pace PSA in December

  • TCG was 46% of cards graded (vs 47% in November)
  • Basketball, hockey, and soccer all saw meaningful growth in grading activity during December

Set Summary - Sports & Other

2023 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autos jumped to the top spot

Set Summary - TCG+

Pokemon Mew makes appearance at the #2 spot

Player Summary - Sports & Other

Ohtani's run at the top ends with Jordan moving back to #1

Subject Summary - TCG

Pikachu hangs on to narrow lead

Card Summary - Sports & Other

Wembanyama dominates the top of the leaderboard

Card Summary - TCG

Van Gogh Pikachu momentum increases

What's Next for PSA?

  • PSA closed the year with grading volumes near record levels, comparable to those seen in Mar, Apr, and Aug 2023. The results in December were generally strong, with most categories performing well. The notable exception was football, where there was a 7% decrease compared to November.
  • As previously mentioned, PSA's approach in the latter part of the year involved a more diverse and less aggressive strategy with pricing specials. Their ability to sustain heightened grading activity bodes well for the start of 2024.

December 2023 SGC Grading Recap

  • SGC graded 123,370 cards during December - a 2% increase vs November and a 58% increase year-over-year.

Category Summary

The big three sports helped offset a TCG dip

  • Grading activity for baseball, football, and basketball all increased in December.

Set Summary

2023 Bowman moves to the top spot

Player (& Subject) Summary

Victor Wembanyama jumps to #2 on the leaderboard

Card Summary

Wembanyama moves to the top of the leaderboard

What's Next for SGC?

  • SGC demonstrated notable consistency in its grading activity to close the year, maintaining a steady output of 115-130k cards graded over five consecutive months. The company's increased focus on the TCG category has yielded an incremental boost. It is worth noting that TCG experienced a modest decline in December; however, this was offset by strong performance in the major sports categories.
  • Despite the December TCG hiccup, SGC seems well-positioned as it heads into 2024.

Other Graders - CGC

Category Summary

Set Summary

Card Summary

What's Next for CGC?

  • In December, CGC's grading activity appeared to normalize, following a temporary surge attributed to a recent commercial partnership. This month saw TCG further dominate grading volume, with sports categories only contributing 5% to the total cards graded.
  • 2023 was a year of significant transitions for CGC, including the completion of the CSG/CGC merger. With these changes behind them, it will be interesting to see if and how CGC can jumpstart the sports category.

Other Charts - Beckett

Category Summary

Card Summary - Sports

Card Summary - TCG

What's Next for Beckett?

  • Beckett experienced a downturn in its results in December, primarily due to a decrease in TCG activity. Apart from a brief pricing special, Beckett's strategy remained largely the same.
  • The most notable event for Beckett in 2023 was the announced but ultimately unrealized change to its grading scale. As we head into 2024, it remains to be seen whether Beckett will adopt a more aggressive strategy or is content with the status quo.