1986-87 Fleer is the set with the most graded cards of any basketball issue but 2019-20 Prizm isn’t far behind. Over 267,000 cards from the set have been graded by PSA alone, including over 20,000 Michael Jordan rookie cards. No other card from the set has come close to touching half that amount as of yet. Nearly 241,000 ’19-20 Prizm cards have been examined by the company.
The rest of the top five most graded sets includes 2018-19 Prizm (over 160,000), 1988-89 Fleer and 2019-20 Panini Mosaic.
Sports Card Pro crunched some other numbers and found that from 2011 to 2019, the number of basketball cards graded per year has increased 12,800%. Almost 90% of cards graded in 2019 received PSA 9 or better, which speaks to the number of modern cards being graded.
The most popular Panini basketball brand to have graded is Prizm. Among brands in place prior to Prizm’s arrival, the most graded brand from 2012 is Hoops. In 2011, it’s Upper Deck SP Authentic and in 2010, Panini Prestige.
One of the largest baseball card dealers had a banner month in January.
Dean Hanley of Cincinnati-based Dean’s Cards says his company sold more cards in January than in any other month in its 20-year history. Two of those sales were 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle cards: a PSA 3.5 and PSA 2.
Memory Lane’s next catalog auction, set for March, will be the company’s largest ever, with vintage and modern cards, unopened and memorabilia.
Bidding for the late Joe Garagiola’s T206 Honus Wagner at Heritage Auctions has climbed to $690,000 with the buyer’s premium factored in. The auction isn’t scheduled to close until February 27.
On the modern side, they’re the latest to offer a PSA 10 Michael Jordan rookie card. Bidding is at $480,000 ahead of tomorrow night’s close. Four sold for more than $700,000 each via auction and private sale last weekend.