Pop Report: Football, Soccer, Hockey Outpace Trends in Latest PSA Returns

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PSA graded 1,047,413 items in October for a 3% dip compared to September and a 64% increase compared to September 2021. Read this month’s Pop Report from GemRate for the latest news and trends on PSA’s grading returns.

From a category perspective:

  • The top two categories (baseball and basketball) both declined in October, while football, soccer, and hockey slightly outpaced overall trends.

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

16 – Football

13 – Baseball

12 – Basketball

8 – TCG

1- Hockey

Source: GemRate

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.

BASKETABLL

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card – October 2022

Source: GemRate

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Anthony Edwards, Zion Williamson
  • DOWN: Lamelo Ball, Luka Doncic

BASEBALL

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card – October 2022

Source: GemRate

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Ken Griffey Jr, Julio Rodriguez, Aaron Judge
  • DOWN: Wander Franco, Mike Trout, Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
  • OUT: Ronald Acuna Jr. (from 10 -> 11)

FOOTBALL

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card – October 2022

Source: GemRate

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Tom Brady
  • DOWN: Justin Herbert

SOCCER

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card – October 2022

Source: GemRate

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jude Bellingham, Gavi, Florian Wirtz
  • DOWN: Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Youssoufa Moukoko, Christian Pulisic
  • OUT: Eduardo Camavinga (from 10 -> 12)

HOCKEY

Top 10 Most Graded Players & Top Graded Card – October 2022

Source: GemRate

Noteworthy moves:

  • UP: Moritz Seider, Alexis Lafreniere, Lucas Raymond, Cole Caufield, Cale Makar
  • DOWN: Sidney Crosby, Tim Stutzle
  • OUT: Jaromir Jagr  (from 6 -> 15), Alexander Ovechkin (from 7 -> 12)

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