CJ Stroud

CJ Stroud Sports Card Investment Report

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.

CJ Stroud

The Reward

The 6'3", 215 lb. Third year sophomore QB from Ohio State put up the following stat line last season - 2021 stats: 317-of-441 passing (71.9%), 4,435 yards, 44 TDs, 6 INTs

He has ranked as high as #2 on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, and he's three inches taller than Bryce Young, which may help his NFL career. Either way, both QBs are kind of neck-and-neck. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the 2023 NFL Draft. I have a feeling that whichever QB lands to the better NFL team/situation will have the better career.

Kiper writes:

It was Stroud, not Young, who led the FBS in Total QBR last season (91.6 to 87.6). Stroud had an inconsistent start to the season, but he finished on a tear, throwing 36 touchdown passes and just three picks in his final nine games. Can he improve even more in Year 2? He's only scratching the surface of his talent, and he has a big-time wideout to throw to in Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

Stroud is off to a hot start, with 11 touchdown passes and no picks through three games. And remember, it was Stroud, not Bryce Young, who led the FBS in Total QBR last season (91.6 to 87.6). Here are his numbers over the past 12 games, dating back to last season: 316-of-425 (74.4%) for 4,413 yards with 47 touchdown passes and three interceptions. Stroud is a smooth thrower with a big arm in a 6-foot-3 frame. If he keeps improving, he has a great chance to be the No. 1 overall pick.

The Risk

Like many prospects in other sports, Stroud's first cards are pretty expensive. Given the current Panini Pro Release calendar for 2022, chances are 2023 will be similar, which will give Stroud's investors plenty of runway to flip his college cards even into the first few months of his rookie season before they're overtaken by his first releases in pro uniforms.

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