Caitlin Clark has biggest rise in PSA graded cards among all basketball players

Iowa superstar had 9,272 cards graded at PSA in April 2024

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Caitlin Clark's autographed WNBA Draft Night card sold for $10,000 in less than five minutes.

No basketball player has seen more growth in graded cards than Caitlin Clark since last fall.

And it’s not even close.

According to new data from card grading giant PSA, Clark’s graded cards increased 1,781% month-over-month from the beginning of the NBA regular season last October through April 2024 — nearly twice as much as the second-largest increase for any basketball player, pro or college.

Victor Wembanyama, named the unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year winner Monday, finished with the second-largest increase over that same period with a 955% jump. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Maxey and Tyrese Haliburton rounded out the top five.

According to PSA, 9,272 of Clark’s cards were graded in April to outpace NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Anthony Edwards.

Clark’s April total is also a 27,170% increase month-over-month since her first cards were released in May 2023. PSA graded just 34 of Clark’s cards during that first month.

After regular growth from May 2023 through August 2023, Clark’s graded cards stalled last year in September and October before bouncing back in November.

Once-steady growth has turned explosive in 2024, however, with February (1,943), March (4,156) and April (9,272) combining for a three-month run of more than 100% increases.

The No. 1 overall pick by the Indiana Fever in April, Clark signed an exclusive trading card and memorabilia deal with Panini America in March after previously signing for Topps and Fanatics Collectibles.

Clark’s first WNBA card with the Fever, a 2024 Panini Instant WNBA Draft Night Blue Viper 1/1 Autograph, sold on April 30 for $10,000 via Dutch Auction.

Days after, a 2024 Bowman U Now Autograph 1/1 featuring a special inscription sold through Goldin Auctions for $15,860.

Earlier this year, Clark set the record for most expensive publicly sold women’s basketball card after her 2022 Bowman University Superfractor Rookie Auto 1/1 PSA 10 sold for $78,000 through PWCC.

Ben Burrows is a reporter and editor for cllct.