October 2022 WNBA Cards PSA POP Count Update

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Yo! Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you’re enjoying so time off with your family. It’s been a tough year for many. Try and find something to be thankful for over the next few days.

Okay. Enough current events. Let’s roll up our sleeves and dig in to the October 2022 WNBA cards PSA POP count report.

Grading output dropped off a cliff

The slow down I had been anticipating for several months looks to have happened in October. Even with lower grading costs relative to the past 18 months.

In total, a little over 220 cards were slabbed for the period. This is the lowest output since June 2021.

There are now 23,242 WNBA cards in PSA slabs. At the end of October 2021 there were under 14,000. This is a 66% percent increase year over year.

I wish card prices were up this much.

Not every card is worth grading

I believe a lot of people have finally caught on that you can’t just send any card into PSA and it will come back as a hot seller.

This is particularly true of alt or niche sports cards such as WNBA cards. There are only so many WNBA cards that will see a value increase being in a PSA slab.

The W25 registry set cards continue to see rising POP counts. It’s a natural response to collectors / flippers chasing high grade copies.

The trouble is the bulk of the return volume is coming from 2019, 2020, and 2021, none of which have dedicated PSA registry sets.

I remain optimistic that the number of collectors et al interested in WNBA cards will continue to grow, but right now it seems the market might be moving away from graded cards.

This could be to save money. It could be buy more cards. It might be that there’s nothing for them to chase.

I feel like I am writing the same headline monthly

Once again the ultra modern sets dominated the submission returns.

It’s a continuing trend. One that is not likely to end thanks to a strong 2022 class.

Here’s what the top 10 sets look like:

RankSetPOP CountGrowth
12020 Panini Prizm WNBA9,0198%
21997 Pinnacle Inside4,156>1%
31999 Hoops WNBA2,0101%
42000 Fleer Ultra WNBA1,1083%
52000 SkyBox Dominion WNBA1,1041%
61999 Fleer Ultra WNBA1,0131%
72019 Panini Donruss WNBA9164%
82021 Panini Prizm WNBA5462%
91998 Pinnacle WNBA364>1%
102001 Fleer Tradition WNBA360>1%

Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird are still popular submissions

The top 35 WNBA rookie card list was pretty stable since we last touched base.

Sabrina is still #1. There are enough to start a “Sabrina in every home” campaign.

Collectors and speculators also continue to send in Diana Taurasi rookie cards and 2002 Ultra WNBA Sue Birds. I suspect this will continue, with PSA 10 copies going for close to $10,000 and $4,000, respectively.

I know a 2002 Ultra WNBA Sue Bird PSA 10 went for $2,250, but that seller didn’t know what they were doing…

Top 35 WNBA Card PSA POP Count

RankCardPOP Count
12020 Prizm WNBA Sabrina Ionescu2,237
21997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Sheryl Swoopes907
31997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Cynthia Cooper820
41997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Lisa Leslie644
52020 Prizm WNBA Satou Sabally223
61997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Rebecca Lobo209
72000 Fleer Ultra WNBA Becky Hammon160
82004 Ultra WNBA Diana Taurasi154
91999 Ultra WNBA Chamique Holdsclaw149
101997 Pinnacle Inside WNBA Tina Thompson130
112002 Ultra WNBA Sue Bird107
122002 Fleer Authentix WNBA Sue Bird92
132001 Ultra WNBA Tamika Catchings80
141999 Ultra WNBA Katie Smith77
151999 Ultra WNBA Yolanda Griffith74
161999 Ultra WNBA Dawn Staley71
172016 Rittenhouse WNBA Breanna Stewart54
182002 Ultra WNBA Swin Cash47
192001 Ultra WNBA Lauren Jackson46
202008 Rittenhouse WNBA Candace Parker45
212018 Rittenhouse WNBA A’ja WIlson37
222011 Rittenhouse WNBA Maya Moore37
232013 Rittenhouse WNBA Brittney Griner33
242006 Rittenhouse WNBA Seimone Augustus31
252006 Rittenhouse WNBA Cappie Pondexter31
262011 Rittenhouse WNBA Courtney Vandersloot29
272013 Rittenhouse WNBA Elena Delle Donne29
282008 Rittenhouse WNBA Sylvia Fowles28
292002 Fleer Authentix WNBA Swin Cash25
302010 Rittenhouse WNBA Tina Charles22
312013 Rittenhouse WNBA Skylar Diggins22
322011 Rittenhouse WNBA Liz Cambage20
342016 Rittenhouse WNBA Jonquel Jones14
332012 Rittenhouse WNBA Nneka Owgumike12
352017 Rittenhouse WNBA Kelsey Plum12

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