October '23 Grading Recap

Published November 2nd, 2023
  • Overall grading activity was up 9% in October vs September (and up 27% YoY). Excluding the large spike from CGC, grading activity was up 1% vs September (and up 19% YoY).
    • PSA graded 1.20m cards - down 1% vs September and up 15% YoY
    • CGC graded 272k cards - up 85% vs September and up 101% YoY
    • SGC graded 129k cards [a record high] - up 12% vs September and up 59% YoY
    • Beckett graded 75k cards - up 22% vs September and up 44% YoY
October Grading Summary

October Grading Summary - Sports

October 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

October 2023 PSA Grading Recap

  • PSA graded 1,199,792 items during October; total output declined 1% vs September, but was up 15% year-over-year.

Category Summary

Football jumps while TCG dips

  • TCG was 44% of cards graded (vs 48% in September)
  • Football card grading activity jumped 44% in October as PSA likely worked through submissions related to its September special. TCG activity dropped 7% in October.

Set Summary - Sports & Other

2022 Select football claims the top spot

Set Summary - TCG+

More of the same as Japanese Pokemon holds 8 of the 10 spots

Player Summary - Sports & Other

Ohtani now more than double the next closest player

Subject Summary - TCG

Pikachu hangs onto the top spot, just ahead of Charizard

Card Summary - Sports & Other

Ohtani, Elly, and Victor continue to dominate the leaderboard

Card Summary - TCG

A number of Japanese SV-P Promo cards move onto the list

What's Next for PSA?

  • PSA delivered another solid performance in October, boosted by submissions from the September football special. TCG momentum slowed as grading activity dropped by 7% in October.
  • PSA has now graded roughly 1.2 million cards for three consecutive months. They seem to be gearing up for holiday-related promotions; we'll see if this helps them surpass the 1.3 million card mark.

October 2023 SGC Grading Recap

  • SGC graded 129,625 cards during October - a 12% increase vs September and a 59% increase year-over-year. October set a new record high for SGC.

Category Summary

Football and TCG are the key growth drivers in October

  • Football and TCG growth helped SGC set a new record-high for items graded during October.

Set Summary

2023 Topps Chrome stays on top as the promo winds down

Player (& Subject) Summary

Michael Jordan moves past Shohei

Card Summary

Pokemon makes it first appearance on the leaderboard

What's Next for SGC?

  • SGC set a record high for cards graded during October. While football played a large role, the company's efforts to increase its TCG presence is starting to pay dividends as it was a large source of incremental growth.
  • SGC lowered pricing across the board in September which helped offset fewer cards being submitted as part of their promotion with Fanatics. With the new, cheaper grading options in place, we'll be interested to see if SGC has plans for other promotions around the holidays.

Other Graders - CGC

Category Summary

Set Summary

Card Summary

What's Next for CGC?

  • CGC saw a significant increase in TCG grading in October, although the driving force is unclear. The mix of cards graded suggests the increase is largely due to partnerships or large customers rather than a sudden spike in widespread demand. Meanwhile, CGC sports is still working to regain momentum. Overall, a noteworthy month for CGC TCG, and we'll be watching to see if the momentum continues into November.

Other Charts - Beckett

Category Summary

Card Summary - Sports

Card Summary - TCG

What's Next for Beckett?

  • Beckett's grading activity rebounded in October, with TCG accounting for over 50% of the graded cards. Overall, October appears consistent with their recent performance. Aside from a grading event in Las Vegas, Beckett remains relatively quiet. We are interested to see how active Beckett will be with promotions during the holiday season, considering their recent subdued activity.