If you haven’t yet used PSA’s Auction Prices Realized, stop what you’re doing and head over there! OK, you don’t need to right now, but it is a valuable tool to research trading card value.
This handy resource collects the public sales of PSA-graded cards from across the internet and archives them for you to search through. For the data geeks out there, this is especially pertinent for you.
Whether you’re using this resource to comb the internet for valuable trading cards, 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 walk through the system with a quick card search.
Step 1: Search for Your Desired Trading Card
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. 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.
Step 2: Locate the Card Within the Results
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 query pulls up several card variants, as well.
And there he is; Mike Trout’s wildly popular 2011 Topps update. Click on the card you’re targeting.
Step 3: Browse Through Tons of Card Pricing Info
And 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 card 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 their respective icons positioned at the top-right of the search results page. (Check out that above graphic!)
Bonus Step 4: View Pricing By Grade
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 you to pore over.
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 (three stacked lines) at the top-right of the graph that appears when you are on the webpage. .
Now you’re a master of Auction Prices Realized. Scroll through a multitude of card values, 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.
6 thoughts on “Research Card Values with PSA Auction Prices Realized4 min read”
I love this tool. I started using it when it was initially released back in April 2018 and I use it once per quarter to update the values of cards in my personal collection. Specifically, I store the Average Price value from the Summary Prices by Grade link into a piece of custom software that I wrote which allows me to see trends for specific cards, groups of cards, or my collection as a whole over time. I also use it on a regular basis whenever making purchase decisions.
Do Auction Prices Realized include tax & shipping costs?
They do not. Only sales price. Thanks!!
Is “average price” calculated by taking the average price for every single sale of the card ever —- Or is it based on a certain smaller more confined timeframe?
Max…the “average price” is the average price of all recorded sales of that card in that grade.