Sports, Pokemon, and Trading Card Statistics

Sports card collecting has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, while for some of us, it never faded. This article is an ever-growing list of sport card statistics.

Sports Card Statistics

What is the Most Expensive Sports Card of All Time?

  • The most expensive sports card of all time was a 1952 Topps Mantle in a 9.5 grade from grader SGC. It is the “finest known example” of the most iconic card in the hobby. The card was sold through Heritage Auctions for $12.6 million, including the buyer’s premium.
  • The $12.6m Mantle card was also the most expensive sports memorabilia ever.

(Source, ESPN)

What is the Second Most Expensive Sports Card of All Time?

  • The second most expensive Sports Card of all time is an SGC 2 Honus Wagner T-206 baseball card which sold for $7.25m

(source, WSJ)

What was the First Sports Card Set?

  • The first sports card set appeared in 1896, a cricket series by W.D. & H.O. Wills of 50 cricketers

(Source, Wikipedia)

eBay Sports Card Statistics (top picks)

  • Around 500 million trading card transactions occur annually in the USA alone.
  • In 2020, the global sports card market grew 162%
  • Australia was the most prominent growing trading card market (379% growth) and China was the second largest in growth (205%)
  • Pokemon card sales increased 547% from 2019 to 2020
  • Soccer was the most significant growing sports card market with sales on eBay growing 1586%

(Source, eBay)

How Big are Sports Cards in Australia?

  • In the first two months of 2022, eBay, saw a 649% growth in sports trading cards and a 365% growth in collectible card games, including Pokémon and Dragon Ball Z (source, eBay)

Worldwide Card Game Statistics

  • Revenue in the Card Games segment amounts to US$7.00bn in 2023. The market is expected to grow annually by 7.44% (CAGR 2023-2027).
  • In total, the most revenue is generated in China (US$1,528.00m in 2023).
  • Concerning total population figures, per-person revenues of US$0.91 will be generated in 2023.

(Source, Statista)

Sports Card Growth Statistics (Best of)

  • The Sports Trading Card Market size was valued at USD 7,878.16 Million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 20,480.66 Million by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 9.01% from 2023 to 2030.

(Source, VMR)

  • 36 Sports cards sold for over a million dollars in 2022

(Source, Beckett)

Google Trends Data for Sports Cards

  • Whilst not at it’s highest, Sports Cards are trending upward over the past five years.

Panini Group Statistics and Facts

  • Panini Started in 196o
  • Panini sold 15 million packets of figurines in 1961.
  • 29 million units sold in 1962
  • In 2019, Panini signed with the NBA as the basketball card manufacturer.
  • Panini bought Donruss in 2019

(Source, Wikipedia)

Pokemon Card Statistics

  • To date, the Pokémon TCG has produced over 43.2 billion cards and is available in 13 languages.
  •  9.1 billion Pokemon cards were produced in 2022

(Source, Pokeguardian)

  • If every Pokemon card ever produced was spread evenly, every person would own over 4

 

 

A note to our visitors

This website has updated its privacy policy in compliance with changes to European Union data protection law, for all members globally. We’ve also updated our Privacy Policy to give you more information about your rights and responsibilities with respect to your privacy and personal information. Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our updated privacy policy.