Malik Tillman 

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.

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The Reward

Malik Tillman is 20 years old and plays in the Bundesliga.

He had four appearances with Bayern Munich last season.

Tillman won the 2019-2020 Champions League, 2021-2022 German Championship, the 2020-2021 German Super Cup, and the 2020-2021 UEFA Supercup. He was also top scorer in the 2019/20 U-19 Bundesliga campaign with 13 goals at the age of 17.

He also chose the USMNT over Germany, which means he's now a top striker prospect for United States soccer fans and investors, which increases his ceiling significantly in The Hobby.

Tillman is currently on loan from Munich to the Scottish League's Rangers. From on August 30, 2022:

The early shout for this summer’s best loan deal for Bayern is Malik Tillman’s move to Rangers. The young forward has hit the ground running for the Scottish league. Tillman has already managed to break into the starting lineup and become a vital player for the club in his first month in Scotland.

Malik Tillman has managed to score a goal in four league appearances for Rangers. He is currently averaging 1.8 shots per game. The youngster has shown glimpses of his talent in these appearances. His output in the final third is likely to get better as he gets accustomed to the Scottish league. (Stats courtesy: Whoscored)
The 20-year-old forward has played a big role in Rangers’ successful qualification for the group stages of the Champions League. Tillman scored the crucial third goal in the first leg of the penultimate qualifying round against Union St.Gilloise. Rangers ended up going into the next qualifying round with an aggregate score of 3-2 against the Belgian side.

Tillman also provided the crucial assist in the 1-0 win against PSV Eindhoven last week to help Rangers to seal the qualification for the Champions League. The youngster was handed a start by Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the second leg against PSV. Tillman repaid the faith of the Dutch coach by delivering a solid performance in the wide position. He created five chances and grabbed the assist for the winning goal.

As of April 25, Tillman has 12 goals and 5 assists in 42 matches for Rangers. That is a goal contribution in every 2 1/2 games. The U.S. international is being used in the CAM and RW roles and has started 35 out of the 50 games the club has played this season.

The Risk

The Scottish Premiership is currently ranked the #9 league according to UEFA. He has proven that he is good enough to play at this level and will probably be on loan next season as well. He is still young and needs to prove himself in a tougher league. The risk is whether or not he can adjust to higher levels of competition.

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