James Wood

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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.

James Wood

The Reward

James Wood, 20, is the son of former UR Hall of Famer (1990-93) Kenny Wood.

Wood is currently ranked No. 15 on MLB Pipeline - up from No. 88 last summer. He was traded from the Padres to the Nationals in August 2022.

An athletic 6-foot-7 outfielder with massive raw power and plus speed, Wood hit .337/.453/.601 with ten home runs, 15 steals, and a 42:37 K: BB in 236 plate appearances at Single-A with the Padres but slid a bit when he was traded to the Nationals.

Woods has superstar power and upside, but we will need him to stay fit and athletic in his frame to be a superstar. Undoubtedly, he will be a masher and drive the ball, but can he stay healthy enough in that 6'6" frame to play at a premium position?

The Risk

We have discussed this with inflated draft prospects, but James Wood had some ridiculous sales in his first year with an authentic card auto. We will see many of his buyers from then try to move out of the market over the next few years. It may also seem obvious, but there is no guarantee that he will make it big into the major leagues. While he'll have to carry his Padres level of performance over to higher levels of the minors with his new club, sometimes prospects on bad teams struggle to develop well with the pressure of the franchise turnaround.

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