Our Investing Thesis
The hobby is huge. There is a ton of temptation and FOMO. It's easy to become undisciplined and sloppy in pursuit of making money investing in sports cards.
Our sports card investing thesis is three fold.
1. Don't Chase. The way to make money investing in Sports Cards is NOT to chase the hot players or cards, but to have the ability to identify the NEXT hottest player BEFORE their card prices take off.
2. Stay In The Game. Since each player has a countless amount of cards, it's necessary to stay disciplined in identifying and purchasing cards that will have the ability to rise in value. Go Low / Mid Risk as much as possible. Everyone wants the big names. If the price is already high, then the upside is already baked in. Buy the dip on either the card, the player or both. Have reasonable expectations. Not every card will yield a profit, but overall, if you stay in the game, you should make 20% over the long haul.
3. Be Set Up To Sell. The most overlooked part of profiting in sports card investing is actually being set up to sell your cards. This includes acquiring cards that are frequently transacted, so as to instill confidence in your future buyer by being able to show consistent sales comps. We're not saying not to acquire short prints and variations, but if you're looking to make an ROI quickly, these aren't always the best cards.
There are two windows. The long term window and the flippable window. The long term window is when you believe a player has a season or more of relevant potential "moments" ahead. The flippable window is when a player actually never has to perform well on the field or court, but only has to generate enough "hype" to see an increase in card value.
We know that our background of professional sports front office work and player scouting, high stakes fantasy sports expertise, digital content creation and sales will make our Sports Card Investment Report a critical piece in your pursuit of positive ROI on your Sports Card Investments.
The 21 year old SS prospect and former 30th overall pick in Round 1 of the 2019 MLB Draft is already the #8 overall prospect at MLB.com and the #1 prospect in the Yankees organization.
He's expected to enter the bigs in 2023, which gives some runway before you need to purchase him. If you own him now, we'd hold until he gets called up.
From MLB.com -
MLB Pipeline named him the Hitting Prospect of the Year after he batted .294/.423/.604 with 27 homers and 33 steals in 109 games between Low-A and High-A while topping the Minors in runs (113) and ranking second in OPS (1.027) and ranking third in extra-base hits (68).
Left on his own for development in 2020 after the pandemic shut down the Minor League season and the Yankees didn't stage a domestic instructional league program, Volpe added significant strength and reworked his right-handed swing to allow him to hit balls harder and drive them in the air more easily. Once he was fully healthy, he made more consistent contact against all types of pitching and showed the patience to wait for pitches he can punish and to take walks when he doesn't get them. Originally projected as a hit-over-power type, he now looks capable of hitting .280 with 25-30 homers per season.
Volpe also comes with outstanding makeup and quality instincts that help his tools play up on the bases and in the field. His solid speed and aggressive nature translated into 33 steals in 42 attempts last season. His arm earns fringy to solid grades but he compensates with a good internal clock and a quick release. He has the fast hands and feet to play at least an average shortstop.
21 year old Oswald Peralta is in AAA and is the second overall Yankees prospect, and Troy Sweeney is in A+ and is the Yankees #5 prospect. So the question is, which one of the three will be the replacement for Isiah Keener-Falefa?
Or, will the Yanks keep IKF and deal one or all of their prospects? We think Volpe's card value is somewhat tied to the odds that he becomes the Yankees everyday SS in the future.
That is a huge unknown, thus a huge risk.