Oneil Cruz

Oneil Cruz

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.

Oneil Cruz

The Reward

The 6'7" shortstop prospect has an exit velocity equal to that of Yankees Slugger Giancarlo Stanton. After a phenomenal spring training with the Pirates, he will start the season with Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.

This is a controversial decision by the Bucs, because many thought Cruz was ready to start his Major League career on Opening Day 2022. The prospecting world loves him, as his cards have been selling through the roof due to not only his play, but his potential.

He has a .280 average and 49 HR in 405 Minor League Games. It's only a matter of time before "The Cruz Ship" gets the call to the big league club. He flashed in 2021, playing for the Pirates briefly and getting three hits in nine at bats, scoring two runs.

When he gets the call-up again, there is sure to be a spike in value. Our very own Kendall McKee loves him, and so does JustBaseball.com.

I personally love that on his 1st Bowman card, his first name is misspelled "Oneal." I think it's badass that he must have a chip on his shoulder due to that mix-up by Topps/Bowman.

It's only a matter of time before the 23-year old lights up the Major Leagues.

 

The Risk

There's not much downside or risk here other than the risk that comes with all baseball prospects.

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