I have been doing some research of grading companies and card grading trends. Any given month for any company the top 5 submitted card categories, usually in flip flopping order are Basketball, TCG (Pokémon) Baseball, Soccer, and Formula One/NASCAR. Hockey cards are consistently the number 6-8 most submitted cards month over month. I thought this was related to not being in season. But even when in season, hockey cards just don’t get as much grading love as other sports. Is this because only Upper Deck has the license? Can we even call hockey one of the big 4 major sports anymore if soccer and racing have a larger card collecting fan base?