Get primed up for stained glass and a more comprehensive list of Mosaic Prizms, with the full 2020-2021 Mosaic Basketball Review. The exciting new product drops on September 17 and looks to build on the momentum from last year’s inaugural Mosaic release.
With another solid addition of Mosaic, the “Big 3” of opti-chrome cards (Prizm, Optic, and Select) might be looking more like a Big 4 by the end of the year.
Let’s take a look.
“Mosaic” cards trace roots back to 2015-16 and the release of “Prizm Mosaic” basketball boxes, which were released from then until 2018-19. Those boxes contained 3 packs of ten cards and didn’t guarantee an autograph but offered the big-pull potential for several Mosaic inserts, although it was a (somewhat strange) sub-brand of Prizm at the time.
In 2019-20, Mosaic was given new life and a standalone product with its own cool logo and setlist. The product was undoubtedly well-timed to coincide with the exploding sports card market. However, it didn’t seem as forced as Hoops Premium stock. Instead, it was a solid opti-chrome product with a lot of thought put into it.
The 2020-21 setlist only looks to build on the success even further.
This year’s rainbow of Mosaic colors grows deeper than before. It includes hobby-exclusive options including Mosaic White (#/25), Mosaic Gold (#/10), and Mosaic Black (1/1) parallels, plus special FOTL Pink Swirls (#/11) and Green Swirls (#/10) editions.
The cards look even nicer than last year and could become a hot topic for collectors.
Mosaic has been released in several formats. Here’s a breakdown.
Mosaic doesn’t offer a vast breadth of inserts. But they make up for that with their bright colors and bold design. As a result, the cards are eye-catching and in-your-face, in a good way.
The autographs are as simple as they come. They include only two sets: Autographs and Rookie Autographs. They come in gold /10 and black /1 parallels.
There are five insert sets:
Stained glass has been revamped and looks incredible this year.
If you’re hoping to invest in Mosaic 2020-21, the first question to answer is if you should buy singles or wax.
Last year’s Mosaic dropped around the peak of the basketball buzz. As a result, it carried a $1,000 price tag.
As the boxes age, it’s a safe guess that their value will climb thanks to the generational talent of Zion Williamson being inside. For this year’s draft class, I’d stay away from sealed wax if it releases around $1,000 unless you want to hold it for several years. It doesn’t have much quick flip (a year or two) potential.
To get a feel for the long-term value of singles, let’s look at some PSA 10’s of some different Zion rookies from last year’s set.
|Zion Pink Camo Mosaic||$185|
|Zion Green Mosaic||$185|
|Zion NBA Debut||$73|
|Zion NBA Debut Silver||$150|
Assuming this season’s cards reflect a similar proportional value along the rainbow, the NBA debuts might be a sneaky-good investment. Most collectors view these cards as the stepbrother of the “true” rookie cards, but the graded versions still demand a pretty price.
An ungraded common Zion Debut sells about $10 while the Silver sells for about $35. Therefore, buying raw and grading these cards could be a good return if you’re willing to wait on PSA.
Another surprising takeaway from the chart is how much the silver Mosaic insert sells compared to the rest. The silver Mosaic is the most common of any of them, so keep this in mind if you’re buying boxes to rip!
Mosaic is a great product but with a correspondingly high price point. So if you’re looking to invest, there are probably better opportunities than buying sealed Mosaic or rookie singles.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to have fun and potentially hit a home run, then purchasing a Mosaic box (or blaster, even) could be an excellent ripping session.
Depending on what you’re looking for, approach Mosaic with caution. After all, some beauties are best admired from afar.