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 23-year old Dingler was a second round pick in 2020 and is the fourth best prospect in the Tigers organization. From MLB.com -
For the first couple months of 2021, Dingler looked like he could forge a fast track up the Tigers system, similar to top prospects Spencer Torkelson and Riley Greene. The former Ohio State star mashed his way through High-A West Michigan and followed Torkelson to Double-A Erie, where he kept up his hot hitting through June. Then came an adjustment from opposing pitchers, a deep July slump with 28 strikeouts in 82 at-bats, then a fractured finger on his left hand suffered when he was crossed up receiving a pitch. He returned in September but never quite looked like the same.
Dingler is one of the better athletes in the Tigers system, having started his college career as a center fielder at Ohio State. His skill set shows behind the plate with a strong arm and agility to pounce on pitches in the dirt. His field awareness enabled him to gain outs on backpicks last year. As a hitter, Dingler shows a healthy amount of raw power, but seemed to wear down over a full season. The plate discipline he showed in college waned against Double-A pitching as he tried to hit his way out of his midseason struggles.
He's looking at a potential call up in 2023. It will be interesting to follow the progress of Tucker Barnhart, and that of Dingler.
The same risk that comes with every prospect comes with Dingler as well, but we really believe in him making his way up to the bigs sooner than later, and he's low risk because his pricing is very affordable compared to his upside.