TCGs and Sports Cards Graded by CGC Cards Continue to Impress in October PWCC Auctions

Posted on 11/7/2023

Two CGC-certified cards realized five figures in the October 2023 Premium Auction.

A Black Lotus and a Charizard certified by CGC Cards™ each realized five figures in recent PWCC Weekly and Premier Auctions. These were just a few of the thousands of CGC-certified TCGs, sports cards and non-sports cards that were graded through the partnership between CGC Cards and PWCC Marketplace and then sold in October and November 2023.

A Black Lotus, Magic: The Gathering (1993) Unlimited Edition graded CGC Gem Mint 10 led the CGC-certified cards in the October 2023 PWCC Premier Auction. Black Lotus is easily one of the most recognized and coveted cards in Magic: The Gathering. The card was only printed in MTG’s first three sets: Alpha, Beta and Unlimited. Its ability to add 3 mana to the user’s mana pool at any time was so powerful that the card was later banned and restricted, never to be printed again in future sets. Because of this, Black Lotus is extremely rare. This CGC-certified example realized $38,400 on October 20.

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In addition, a Charizard, Pokémon (1999) Base Set 1st Edition Holo graded CGC Gem Mint 10 sold for $35,700 in the same Premier Auction on October 20. The 1st Edition Charizard from Base Set is, by far, one of the most coveted Pokémon cards in the Pokémon TCG. The original 1st Edition run of Base Set was limited and sold out quickly, so 1st Edition Charizard is much rarer than other versions of the card and often demands premiums at auction. This Gem Mint 10 example is just one of 19 in the CGC Cards Population Report, with two graded higher.

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Meanwhile, numerous CGC-certified sports cards sold through PWCC in October as well, with a rare, signed rookie card of Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young leading the pack. A 2018-19 Panini Noir Rookie Autographs #394 Trae Young - #'d/99 graded CGC 9 sold for $372 on October 30. Only 99 copies were produced of this coveted card featuring an on-card signature from Young in blue ink, making this one of the earliest autographed collectibles of the two-time All Star's NBA career.

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Another sports card highlight from PWCC sales last month was an almost 50-year-old rookie card of a Kansas City Royals legend. A 1975 Topps #228 George Brett graded CGC 7.5 sold for $234 on October 3. This is the centerpiece to any collection of the Hall of Fame third baseman who spent his entire 21-season MLB career in Kansas City and helped lead his team to a 1985 World Series victory. Well-known for its colorful green, purple and pink design, the rookie card also includes Brett's facsimile signature.

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Other recent TCG and non-sports card sales highlights include:

Other recent sports card sales highlights include:

Notable Upcoming PWCC Sales

PWCC Marketplace continues to offer CGC-certified cards in their weekly, fixed and premium auction formats. One of the highlights available in November is a 2006-07 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Triple Autos #ST3-OBE Orr/Bourque/Esposito - #'d/25 graded CGC 9, with autographs graded CGC 9, which is available for a fixed price of $2,000. Featuring three autographs of Boston Bruins legends all on the same card, this special insert was limited to only 25 copies ever made. With three Hockey Hall of Fame icons included on the card, this is a holy grail collectible for many NHL fans, especially those of the Bruins. In addition, there are thousands of other CGC-certified cards being offered through PWCC's platform in October.

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Other TCG and non-sports cards in the upcoming November auctions include:

Other sports cards in the upcoming November auctions include:

Sell Your CGC-certified Cards on PWCC Marketplace!

PWCC Marketplace and CGC Cards have created a streamlined pathway to grading and selling through an operational partnership between the two companies. The grading and selling program is accessed via an online submission process on the PWCC website, and everything is managed through the PWCC Vault.

Cards sent to CGC receive priority grading and encapsulation through its third-party grading service for sports cards. Graded cards are returned to PWCC and immediately added to PWCC’s Auction Builder Curation Algorithm process, which optimizes cards for sale in upcoming PWCC Weekly Sunday Auctions.

For more information about this program, click here.

Prices realized include buyer’s premium.

Note: At the time some of these cards were graded, they were encapsulated with the original CGC Cards label. Starting July 11, 2023, CGC Cards began encapsulating cards with the new CGC Cards label. In addition to the new label, collectors enjoy many other benefits with CGC Cards, such as the ability to submit without purchasing a membership and an industry-standard Gem Mint 10 grading Scale. For more information, go here.

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