CGC Trading Cards Grades 1 Million Cards!

Posted on 1/10/2022

In less than 18 months, CGC Trading Cards achieved the important milestone, with a Pokémon Scyther card graded CGC Pristine 10.

CGC Trading Cards™ is excited to announce that it has now graded more than 1 million trading cards! The lucky one-millionth card is a (1998) Japanese Pokémon Scyther card graded CGC Pristine 10. It took less than 18 months for CGC Trading Cards to achieve this important milestone, demonstrating how quickly collectors and dealers embraced its expert authentication, grading and encapsulation services.

The one-millionth card graded by CGC Trading Cards!
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Trading cards have become an incredibly popular collectibles category. The world-class experts at CGC Trading Cards use innovative technology to authenticate and grade cards as well as superior, state-of-the-art holders to protect and display them. The value of CGC Trading Cards services has already been repeatedly reflected in prices realized.

“What an excellent way to start the new year!” says Matt Quinn, CGC Trading Cards Senior Grading Finalizer. “Achieving this milestone in such a short time shows how much trust collectors and dealers have in CGC Trading Cards.”

Since launching in July 2020, CGC Trading Cards has certified many amazing cards. These include a Test Print Blastoise that was created in 1998 as Wizards of the Coast (WotC) prepared to create English Pokémon cards. Following certification by CGC Trading Cards, this rare card realized $360,000 at a Heritage Auctions sale in January 2021 — a record for an English Pokémon card. (To learn more, click here.)

Blastoise Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram graded CGC 8.5. Realized: $360,000
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CGC Trading Cards has also certified an incredibly rare Japanese Pokémon Illustrator card. Only 39 of these cards were released in 1998 as prizes for three illustration contests announced in a Japanese publication. Due to the card’s rarity and value, CGC Trading Cards conducted extensive tests to ensure its authenticity. (To learn more, click here.)

A 1998 Pikachu Illustrator graded CGC Near Mint/Mint+ 8.5
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Another rare card certified by CGC Trading Cards is a (2000) Lucky Stadium Japanese Unnumbered Promo. This Pokémon card was printed for the Tropical Mega Battle tournaments that took place in Hawaii from 1999 to 2001. It realized $32,000 at a Heritage Auctions sale in November 2021. (To learn more, click here.)

Lucky Stadium Promo from the Pokémon (2000) Tropical Mega Battle Promo set graded CGC 8.5
Realized: $32,000
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CGC also recently certified five extremely rare Heroes of the Realm Cards from Magic: The Gathering. These commemorative cards are printed in extremely limited numbers to honor the outstanding performance of WotC teams. The owner of the ones that CGC Trading Cards certified is expected to offer them for sale soon, a remarkably rare opportunity for the collecting public. (To learn more, click here.)

One of the Heroes of the Realm cards recently certified by CGC Trading Cards.
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CGC Trading Cards recently announced the expansion of its certification services to 11 additional games, including Digimon (2020 – present), Dragon Ball Super, Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem Cipher, Flesh and Blood, Force of Will, Harry Potter, MetaZoo, My Hero Academia, Weiss Schwarz and World of Warcraft. Certification services for the popular Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game are coming soon. (To learn more, click here.)

CGC Trading Cards is a division of CGC, which revolutionized comic book collecting when it was founded in 2000 by providing clear, objective and impartial assessments of a comic book’s authenticity and grade. Today, CGC has certified more than 9 million comics, trading cards, magazines, concert posters and other pop culture collectibles. These include an Amazing Fantasy #15 that set a record for any comic book by realizing $3.6 million at a Heritage Auctions sale in September 2021.

To meet the demand for its expert certification services, CGC continues to expand its industry-leading team. To learn more about career opportunities at CGC and other affiliates of the Certified Collectibles Group, click here.

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