I have been pretty outspoken about being careful not to invest in "college uniform" rookie cards, but things have changed.
First of all, the 2021 Bowman U release featured several investable cards of top college prospects, including 1st Chrome autos, and serial numbered versions of QBs that are projected first round picks in 2023.
Secondly, the delayed release schedule of Panini's pro uniform cards for a second year in a row means that there's likely to continue to be a longer and longer runway to acquire and flip college uniform cards.
Lastly, within the aforementioned longer runway, there is a timeframe for college QBs where markers will occur that should help value to spike and allow for investors to sell for a profit.
These markers include potential bowl games, post-season awards, but most importantly, the NFL Draft season hype cycle. The combine, pre-draft workouts, and the NFL Draft itself - when a whole new fanbase becomes interested in a player's card.
It should be no surprise that we're focused on QBs for this new venture into sports card investing - football prospecting.
We've added six QBs to our Sports Card Investment Report Football Card Rankings, ranking them against current pros for the first time ever. Check them out below.
We see Levis as the lowest priced, highest upside College QB.
My money is on Stroud being the #1 overall pick in 2023, which gives him the highest upside in spite of his high prices.
Young figures to be a high draft pick, in spite of his Heisman hangover type play this college season, but he's a bit overhyped for my taste, so I'm not investing as much in him as I am in some others.
When looking into Shedeur's cards, you find that his autos are super cheap, and he has a ton of possibility to be a top pick in 2024. The son of Deion Sanders isn't likely to fade away any time soon. I think he's bound to succeed enough over the next two years, and get the media coverage needed for his sports card investors to profit.
Caleb Williams clearly wants to be the #1 overall pick in 2024, which would yield a big payday for his sports card investors if that in fact happens.
Tyler Van Dyke's Heisman hopes got crushed against Middle Tennessee early on in 2022, but he still projects as a potential first or second round pick. If his cards dip in value between now and the end of the College Football Season, he could be a solid buy and flip heading into the NFL Draft.
Richardson is the most raw prospect of all of the QBs listed, but has legit dual threat capabilities. If he can improve his passing skills, his upside is "next Lamar Jackson."
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