PSA graded nearly twice as many cards of Michael Jordan and Julio Rodriguez than any other athlete in February.
According to data compiled by Gem Rate, the company examined and entered into its population report a total of nearly 14,000 Jordan cards in the 28-day period. They also graded over 18,000 cards of Rodriguez, the young Mariners star whose rookie cards arrived in late season 2022 products.
Shohei Ohtani (over 8,000), Tom Brady (approximately 7,500) and Kobe Bryant (approximately 7,300) rounded out the top 5 most graded players at PSA, followed by Trevor Lawrence and LeBron James.
PSA graded 1,600 copies of the 2022 Topps Update Rodriguez rookie card (#US44) and has now seen over 4,700 of them since it was released. Second on the most graded single card list was another card from ’22 Update: Bobby Witt’s #US100 rookie card, with about 700 copies being encapsulated. About 600 copies each of the 2018 Bowman Shohei Ohtani rookie and 1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. rookie were graded, followed by 500 copies of the 2021 Upper Deck #201 Cole Caufield rookie.
In all, PSA graded about 519,000 sports cards in February according to Gem Rate.
SGC graded over 92,000 cards in February—up about 14 percent from the previous month. The company recorded over 1,600 Jordan cards into its database, nearly 1,400 featuring Mickey Mantle, 1,280 of Rodriguez, just over 1,000 of Willie Mays and 960 Hank Aaron cards.
The 1989 Upper Deck Griffey went into SGC holders 153 times in the month, more than any other player. Rickey Henderson’s 1980 Topps rookie card was a close second at 146. The 1986 Topps Jerry Rice was the third most graded card by SGC (119), followed by the 1981 Topps Joe Montana, the 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie and the 1966 and ’68 Topps Mickey Mantle.