Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen Sports Card Investment Report

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.

Max Verstappen

The Reward

Verstappen just won his third race of the season in Miami. He's now super close to Charles Leclerc in the Drivers Championship.

Yo, please see my George Russell post for all of my reasons why F1 is important to sports card investors and maybe the best sport to make short term and long term plays in right now if you do your research (and, of course, upgrading to our premium version of this report will help you do that - use code "nooffseason" at checkout to save 20%).

Now, with that over with, let's talk about Max Verstappen. Not only is he a fucking machine of a competitor, and F1's fourth youngest World Champion (24 years, 73 days), but he's a polarizing figure who only cares about winning at all costs (for NBA fans, think Giannis but with Bill Laimbeer mixed in - for NFL fans, think John Elway but with Steve Atwater mixed in).

The reward is that even though the secret has been out on F1 for almost a year now, it's still relatively early, as a large portion of the hobby has not yet caught on.

He's vaulted up to second in the points after winning his second race of the year in Italy, and it's looking like it's him or Charles Leclerc for the Driver's Championship in 2022 - an award that will skyrocket card value of the winner.

And Max, along with Lewis Hamilton, are in the same category - EVERYTHING SELLS, FAST. No pun intended.

The reasons to buy Max, and to spend big on him are pretty simple:

  1. He's the reigning F1 Champ.
  2. He's only 25 years old.
  3. He's going to win many races for many, many years.
  4. He's going to be a household name, like Lewis
  5. He currently sells for less than Lewis, when comparing their most commonly transacted cards.

When I emphasize reasons to spend money on any athlete's cards, the number one thing I talk about is markers. How many markers does the athlete have remaining in order for their cards to increase a spike in prices?

With Verstappen, the amount of markers is way too high to count, or even dream of.

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The Risk

At the risk of sounding redundant, the main risk with Verstappen is simply buying the wrong cards. There's so much F1 hype right now that it's super easy to be steered the wrong way (sorry for the pun again).

I'll likely mention this in every F1 write-up I do, but make sure when you're investing in Verstappen that you're targeting the following:

  • Topps Chrome over Topps Paper
  • 2020 Releases over 2021 Releases
  • Serial-numbered inserts over short prints and super short prints
  • Refractors over base cards

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2 Comments

  1. Patrick Angelo on April 29, 2022 at 9:49 am

    I absolutely LOVE this kid!!!! He is absolutely the embodiment of an old school hero which makes him a new school heel. I can’’t wait for the future title fights he will be in with the media darlings LeClerc, Russell, and Norris. Throw in Sainz, Gastly, Ocon and Albon to have a massive talent pool who have grown up together racing one another since they were in karts. The storylines are endless with this golden group.

    • Paul Hickey on May 27, 2022 at 8:01 am

      I’m loving Max more and more also. I agree with your comparison of him as an old school talent. All he cares about is winning, which is solid. I hope you’re right about him being in title fights with the other young drivers. It is a cool storyline that all those guys know each other from their early days as kids learning to kart, etc.

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