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 32 year old 12 year veteran comes from the famous Steph Curry / James Harden 2009 NBA Draft Class. He was the 9th pick to Toronto.
2021-22 was a career resurgence year in a big way for DeRozan, leading the Bulls to one of the top records in the East for most of the regular season, averaging 27.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists while hitting big shot after big shot.
Ultimately though, his near-MVP season ended in a first round exit in the playoffs against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, and other than a 41 point performance in Game 2, he was pretty underwhelming.
The reward for investing in DeRozan's cards now is definitely minimal compared to if you would have bought him back in say, December, but there still might be 1-2 more solid regular season runs in him, along with a potential spike upon retirement.
The risk is that he's simply a star, never a GOAT. This means he may not make the Hall of Fame, a marker that spikes card value. He may never have another season like 2021-22, which - let's be honest - he needed in order for sports card investors to pay attention to him. He may be a PC guy, not an investment.