Julio Rodriguez

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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.

Julio Rodriguez

The Reward

From Slabstox.com's "The Daily Slab" - While he didn't win the Home Run Derby, Julio Rodriguez put on a show and hit the most bombs out of anyone (in this year's HR Derby). The runaway AL ROY favorite hit 82 home runs on his way to claiming second place in his first derby ever. His market lit on fire, as two of his 2019 Bowman Chrome 1st Refractor Auto /499 PSA 10s sold for an average of $4,600 via eBay fixed price that same night. That's a 61% increase from the last sale of $2,850 on 6/24/22. In case you needed any more confirmation, card collectors dig the long ball.

We've wrote about Rodriguez back in May "he didn't exactly light the world on fire in April, but we think he'll get hot later in the season."

We were correct. Rodriguez not only put up the Home Run Derby performance that Slabstox.com is referring to above, but he also was the only AL rookie on the All-Star team this year, and went 0-2 in the game after hitting .265 with 16 HR and 52 RBI in the first half of the season.

He has greatness upside, like that of his Mariners' predecessors Ken Griffey Jr. and A-Rod.

The Risk

The risk on his high end stuff is declining, as he has already achieved legit honors and milestones in his first half-MLB season. The risk on his lower end stuff is that people now will chase after he's gotten some publicity for being more than just a prospect, and his low end base stuff won't necessarily increase in value.

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