Christian Encarnacion-Strand

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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.

Christian Encarnacion-Strand

The Reward

Encarnacion-Strand is a 22-year-old fourth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2021 out of Oklahoma State.

Encarnacion-Strand was otherworldly in April, slashing .410/.459/.679 with 23 RBIs. He rebounded from a tough May to finish his tenure with the Kernels with a .296/.370/.599 line and 20 home runs in 74 games. After 13 games with Double-A Wichita, Encarnacion-Strand was one of three prospects traded to the Reds at the deadline for Tyler Mahle.

Encarnacion-Strand is the first Kernels player since Byron Buxton in 2013 to be named Midwest League MVP.

The Risk

CES did not break camp with the big league roster coming out of spring training in 2023. Because of this, there is one way that he breaks into the bigs this year, and the way I see that picture painting out doesn't look good in my mind. I see CES breaking into the big leagues this year because Joey Votto has worn out his last chance with the club that loves him dearly. There is a chance he gets to come up and start by playing DH, but I have seen this hurt values in the past. When a cult hero player like Joey Votto is the player ahead of you, your entrance into the lineup will always be with little expectation. There will be late adopters that cry for Votto's return on every mistake CES makes, and I believe that will be much pressure.

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