Is the perception that PSA graded cards sell for the highest prices accurate? Not during the past several months. Here are some recent examples of major rookie cards or "benchmark" indicators:

1955-56 Parkhurst #50 Jacques Plante Rookie Card.

SGC 92 value = $2555.
SMR value for a PSA 8 = $2000.
The typical range for a PSA 8 would be $1500 (low-end) to $2000 (high-end).


1963 Topps #537 Pete Rose Rookie Card.

SGC 88 value = $2500.
SMR Value = $1750.
Recent PSA 8 sales have been in the $1300 (low-end) to $1500 range (high-end).


1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan Rookie Card.

SGC 92 value = $1600.
SMR Value = $1100.
The typical range for a PSA 8 would be $900 (low-end) to $1200 (high-end).


As can be seen by these key examples, SGC cards -- even those from the 1950s and 1960s -- have overtaken the values for similar PSA graded cards. And with the drastic loss of confidence from the current PSA scandal, I expect this gap to widen.

For those who are interested in pricing more vintage SGC graded cards, here is an interesting article and list of key vintage sports card values:

http://www.bmwcards.com/ebay/Hobbynews3.htm