June '23 Grading Recap

Published July 2nd, 2023
  • Overall grading activity was flat in June vs May (+4% YoY).
    • PSA graded 999k cards - down 1% vs May and up 13% YoY
    • SGC graded 97k cards - up 10% vs May and down 4% YoY
    • Beckett graded 74k cards - up 14% vs May and up 4% YoY
    • CGC graded 59k cards - down 9% vs May and down 35% YoY
    • For the first time in more than a year, Michael Jordan was not the top-graded athlete; Shohei Ohtani overtook Jordan in June.
June Grading Summary

June Grading Summary - Sports

June 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

June 2023 PSA Grading Recap

  • PSA graded 999,095 items during June; total output was down by 1% vs May and up 13% year-over-year.

Category Summary

Football and baseball lead the way; TCG dips again

  • TCG was 36% of the cards graded by PSA in June (vs 39% in May).
  • Football (+11%) and baseball (+9%) outpaced overall category actiivty in June.

Set Summary - Sports & Other

2022 Prizm football easily hangs onto the top spot

  • Added to the list in June: 2023 Bowman Chrome Prospects and Prospect Autographs, and 2022 Prizm basketball
  • Dropping from the list: 2021 Prizm basketball, 2021 and 2020 Select football

Set Summary - TCG+

Top 3 sets hold again as momentum continues to slow

  • Added to the list in June: 2023 Pokemon Svi EN-Scarlet & Violet, 2021 Pokemon Japanese Sword & Shield Eevee Heroes, Pokemon Japanese Promo Card Pack 25th Anniversary Edition, and 1977 Star Wars
  • Dropping from the list: 2022 Pokemon Swsh Black Star Promo, Pokemon Sword and Shield Brilliant Stars, Pokemon Sword and Shield Silver Tempest, and 2021 Pokemon Celebrations Classic Collection

Player Summary - Sports & Other

Shohei Ohtani claims the top spot

  • Added to the list in June: Kenny Pickett
  • Dropping from the list: Kobe Bryant

Subject Summary - TCG

Little change to the top subjects in June

  • Added to the list in June: Elesa
  • Dropping from the list: Moltres

Card Summary - Sports & Other

Adley Rutschman's Topps rookie stays on top

Card Summary - TCG

Ultra-modern Pokemon owns the leaderboard

What's Next for PSA?

  • At a high level, June results looked similar to May; however, the mix shifted away from TCG to sports for the second straight month.
  • We expect June’s pricing special to kick in and have a larger impact on July results. How large an impact depends on whether TCG finds steady ground or continues its recent slide.

June 2023 SGC Grading Recap

  • SGC graded 96,996 cards during June - a 10% increase vs May and a 4% decrease year-over-year.

Category Summary

Baseball leads the way as usual

Set Summary

2023 Bowman special fuels grading activity

Player (& Subject) Summary

Jordan maintains slight edge on top the leaderboard

Card Summary

2023 Bowman claims all spots on the top 10

What's Next for SGC?

  • SGC grading activity increased in June after two months of declines thanks to the 2023 Bowman special.
  • In general, news from SGC in 2023 has been mostly related to the promotions its been running. We’ll see if SGC breaks that trend ahead of the National in late July.

Other Charts - CGC

Set Summary

Card Summary

What's Next for CSG/CGC?

  • CSG and CGC announced that the two companies will merge this summer. Though the move may cause a bit of near-term disruption, it’s one that seemingly makes sense for the company. A shared infrastructure and end-user experience should yield positive benefits over the long run. The company has done a solid job communicating the changes and ideally will be able to transition with little disruption over the summer.

Other Charts - Beckett

Category Summary

Card Summary - Sports

Card Summary - TCG

What's Next for Beckett?

  • Beckett continues to see modest increases in grading activity despite a lot of noise and feedback this spring. In general, the company has been quiet since its recent leadership changes were made. It’ll be worth watching how aggressively the company pushes forward with initiatives like the new grading scale vs. tabling them (using the leadership change as cover).