September 2021 WNBA Cards PSA POP Count Update

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Howdy folks. Welcome to the September 2021 WNBA card PSA POP count update.

It’s clear that PSA has been hard at work grading cards. With over 833,000 of them graded in September, it should come as no surprise that WNBA cards saw another large increase in total population.

Since our last update late in August, PSA graded 761 WNBA cards. This falls short of the record August, but is still 2-3X what we’ve seen in previous months.

Thanks to this output there’s now almost 13,000 WNBA cards in PSA slabs.

2020 Panini Prizm Continues to See It’s POP Count Grow

Already the second most graded WNBA card set of all time, 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA set saw its population grow by almost 400 cards.

The growth in population continues to be fueled by Sabrina Ionescu rookie cards, while Signature series auto and insert sets have cooled off.

If the population growth continues at this rate, we could 2020 become the most graded set ever in the next six months.

That said, it was 2019 Panini Donruss WNBA which saw the largest jump in population growth amongst sets, with a 39% bump from August. This is the largest jump since we’ve been tracking population, and moved the set up a few spots on our list.

RankSetPOP CountGrowth
11997 Pinnacle Inside38903%
22020 Panini Prizm WNBA235916%
31999 Hoops 1959<1%
42000 SkyBox Dominion WNBA1030<1%
52000 Fleer Ultra WNBA998<%
61999 Fleer Ultra WNBA915<1%
72019 Panini Donruss WNBA43539
81998 Pinnacle WNBA353<1%
92001 Fleer Tradition WNBA3355%
102001 Fleer Ultra WNBA2131%

Sabrina Ionescu Base Rookie Card is Now the Most Graded WNBA Card Ever

Well, that didn’t take long.

Thanks to Sabrina madness, her 2020 Panini Prizm WNBA rookie card is now the most grade WNBA card of all time. Let that sync in for a minute.

A second year player, who is finishing their first full season as a pro, is now the most graded card across over 25 years of players and sets. It’s almost unbelievable, and sounds the arrival of WNBA cards or will become one of the poster childs of the hobby’s pandemic era.

Whether or not Sab’s base Prizm rookie becomes our UD Ken Griffey Jr rookie still remains to be seen of course.

But it does make one wonder how much longer before new collectors, flippers, and investors start to more aggressive move into the lower production WNBA cards.

Other notable WNBA rookie cards that saw sizeable jumps include 2001 Ultra WNBA Tamika Catchings, 2001 Ultra WNBA Lauren Jackson, and the 2010 Rittenhouse WNBA Tina Charles.

RankCardPOP Count
11997 Pinnacle Inside Sheryl Swoopes873
22020 Prizm Sabrina Ionescu873
31997 Pinnacle Inside Cynthia Cooper789
41997 Pinnacle Inside Lisa Leslie604
51997 Pinnacle Inside Rebecca Lobo149
61999 Ultra Chamique Holdsclaw143
71997 Pinnacle Inside Tina Thompson120
82000 Fleer Ultra Becky Hammon115
92004 Ultra Diana Taurasi75
101999 Ultra Katie Smith64
111999 Ultra Yolanda Griffith59
121999 Ultra Dawn Staley59
132001 Ultra Tamika Catchings52
142002 Authentix Sue Bird46
152002 Ultra Sue Bird43
162020 Prizm Satou Sabally43
172016 Rittenhouse Breanna Stewart38
182008 Rittenhouse Candace Parker25
192011 Rittenhouse Maya Moore23
202001 Ultra Lauren Jackson22
212008 Rittenhouse Sylvia Fowles21
222002 Ultra Swin Cash21
242013 Rittenhouse Brittney Griner19
252002 Authentix Swin Cash18
262013 Rittenhouse Elena Delle Donne18
272018 Rittenhouse A’ja WIlson18
262006 Rittenhouse Cappie Pondexter16
282006 Rittenhouse Seimone Augustus15
292010 Rittenhouse Tina Charles15
302011 Rittenhouse Courtney Vandersloot12
312011 Rittenhouse Liz Cambage9
322013 Rittenhouse Skylar Diggins7
332017 Rittenhouse Kelsey Plum5
342012 Nneka Owgumike4
352016 Rittenhouse Jonquel Jones1

That’s it for this month. As the season wraps up in the coming weeks, do you expect to see the same sort of growth, or are we in for an off-season lull?

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