CGC Trading Cards has graded their one millionth card. It only took 18 months to achieve the milestone, which was done when a Japanese Pokémon Scyther card (1998) received a CGC 10.

According to CGC, trading cards have become a popular collectibles category and prices have been on the rise since they started authenticating and encapsulating cards.

“What an excellent way to start the new year,” CGC Trading Cards Senior Grading Finalizer Matt Quinn said. “Achieving this milestone in such a short time shows how much trust collectors and dealers have in CGC Trading Cards.”

CGC Trading Cards launched in July 2020, authenticating cards like the test print Blastoise that was created in ’98 for the English Pokémon cards. That rare card has gone on to sell for $360,000 at Heritage in January 2021, setting a record for an English Pokémon card. They have also certified the rare Japanese Pokémon Illustrator card, which is 1 of 39, and required extensive testing to ensure its authenticity. Another rarity is the 2000 Lucky Stadium Japanese Unnumbered Promo that was printed for the Tropical Mega Battle tournaments in Hawaii. They also recently certified five rare Heroes of the Realm cards from Magic: The Gathering that were printed to honor Wizards of the Coasts teams.

CGC is building on their trading card offerings by expanding certification to include 11 additional games. They include Digimon (2020 to present), Dragon Ball Super, Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem Cipher, Flesh and Blood, Force of Will, Harry Potter, MetaZoo, My Hero Academia, Weiss Schwarz, and World of Warcraft. Certification of Yu-Gi-Oh! cards will also be offered soon.