PSA launched a really powerful tool earlier this year, one that helps aid collectors in their hunt for PSA-graded trading cards. This massive, constantly updated archive houses the public sales of PSA-graded cards from across the internet. I’m talking about Auction Prices Realized. And if you haven’t used it yet in your search to build your collection, you really should.
Whether to gauge the value of the cards you have in hand, to search the market for approximate prices per grade on a desired card or to help determine Declared Value when submitting cards to PSA, Auction Prices Realized can be used in various ways and it’s all very, very user friendly.
Let’s do a quick search so you can see how easy it really is.
To start, click “Auction Prices” on the toolbar located on PSAcard.com or enter www.PSAcard.com/auctionprices in your browser.
Then, enter the card you’d like to research. I’m a Trout fan, so, yea, let’s search for Mike Trout’s most popular rookie card, his 2011 Topps Update. Be sure to be as specific as you can with the search terms, using the date of the release, company, card number (if applicable) and name of the athlete/character featured. This helps narrow down the search results and saves you time when sifting through tons of cards.
For the card in question, I entered 2011 Topps Update #US175 Mike Trout.
The cool thing about the search bar is that results are automatically populated as you enter the search terms within the field. You don’t even need to click that little magnifying glass guy. (Imagine all that valuable time you’ve saved for your card hunting!)
All of the related cards will be displayed on the screen. Scroll through the search results and locate the card you’re seeking, but you might have lots of results to sift through as oftentimes a plethora of card variants will populate the search page, as well.
And there he is, Mike Trout’s now iconic 2011 Topps update. Click on the card you’re targeting.
Research like crazy.
Now the real fun begins. All of the card’s recent sales will be displayed, organized by date, but you can cater the results to your preference by clicking on any of the fields next to “Date,” including “Price,” “Grade,” etc.
Want to see recent sales of PSA 10s? You can even further refine your search and organize by specific grade. All you have to do is click on the desired grade you’d like to research, located just below the image of the card in question and total sales prices.
While on this page, you can also click on the hyperlinked “Lot #” of each listing and hone in on all of the glorious details of each sold item.
If you’d like to leave no cardboard stone left unturned, this page is easy to get lost in. You can also sort through the various grades of a card, look at the price trends by clicking on the “Date” field or pull up relevant information on the card via PSA’s Price Guide, Pop Report, CardFacts and Set Registry info by clicking on the tabs positioned at the top-right of the search results page. (Check out that above graphic!)
Bonus Step 4
That’s pretty much it, but as a bonus step I had to include my favorite feature of Auction Prices Realized: Summary prices by grade.
Click on the hyperlinked “Summary prices by grade,” positioned just below the total sales info and marked by a little graph icon. The resultant page is a wondrous display of data for all you card geeks and statisticians out there.
Here, you can view the most recent sales and average price of each grade, the population numbers and population higher of each example. But wait, there’s more …
Scrolling down the page reveals the most recent and average prices by grade in an easily-scannable graph. You can even download the graph by clicking the hamburger-looking icon at the top-right of the graph.
Now you’re a master of Auction Prices Realized. Scroll through a multitude of card listings, whether it’s Pokémon, hockey, baseball and more. Get lost in the glorious card data and acquire all the information you need to make the next move in building your collection.