Investing In Sports Cards: Card Quest 15

Investing in sports cards can be lucrative, and we are here to show you how to make the most of collecting. In Week 15 of the Card Quest, we took advantage of a very poor listing to make great returns.

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: The Rules Of The Game

But first, as always, here are the rules. Every week, I’ll be spending about $100 on cards and telling you what I purchased, why I bought them, what strategies I used, and how you can apply them to your collecting.

We’re tracking progress, too. Every week I’ll share:

  • My total amount spent
  • My total amount sold (once I start selling some)
  • Total value (the comp price of my cards + total amount sold).

From there, we’ll be able to calculate my gains.

I challenge you to take on this initiative, too. Invest more or less than me–totally up to you–but track your progress.

Together, let’s show the world the power of card investing.

Week 15 Of Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse Purchases

This week, I only spent $56, so it was a pretty light week, so I’m still at $1511 through 15 weeks and averaging almost exactly $100 a week (this is a happy accident — I just didn’t see a lot of deals I liked this week).

However, I did make two purchases that I feel really good about. Let’s look.

Purchase One: Desmond Bane Certified Rookie Roll Call Auto

I went back to the well.

You might remember just two weeks ago; I found a misspelled Desmond Bane autograph card that I bought for $23 and sold for $50 in less than a day of listing.

This card was about the same story: his last name was spelled “Banes” instead of “Bane,” so I scooped it up at a great price.

I paid $18 for it, and I’m comping it at $35, but I’ve yet to list it. Hopefully, it sees the same success as the last!

Can lightning strike twice?

Is Desmond Bane a solid investment?

Purchase Two: NFL Rookie Card Lot

Here is my fun purchase for the week.

As I’ve written before in a buying strategy article for Cardlines, there is a lot of money to be made if you find a good lot with a bad listing. This week, I bought a lot that was titled… wait for it: “bundle sports cards.”

It’s a lot of rookie cards, most of which are NFL. The lot includes 4 Joe Burrow Rookies, 1 Tua, 1 Justin Herbert Mosaic, a Chase Claypool Optic Black and White Parallel, A Mike White (yes, THE Mike White) rookie autograph, Saquon Barkley Donruss Rated Rookie, Jonathan Taylor Green Mosaic RC, Darius Slayton RC Auto /99, and more.

Check out this picture of the entire lot.

We have to admit, Jesse got himself a fine lot.

Thanks to the poor listing, I picked this up for $38, including taxes and shipping. I’ve comped it for $120, and that’s a pretty conservative comp.

It’s going to be a significant flip regardless (in pieces — I’m selling it as smaller player lots), and you can do the same thing as me to make 300% or more returns. I’ll show you exactly how in a video coming next week. So be sure to subscribe to Cardlines on YouTube not to miss out.

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: Sales

Had a HUGE sale this week. The OG Anunoby Optic RC I bought for $6 sold for $10, and I used the profit on a Mcdonald’s coffee. Gains.

And now, here’s where I’m at:

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: Cards Held

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Rookie Lot: Bought $75, Comp $130

SGA Prizm Rookie: Bought $121, Comp: $185

Tannehill Triple Threads Auto /25: Bought $83; Comp $90

Tannehill Rookie Card Lot: Bought $17; Comp $50

Nickeil Alexander-Walker lot of 96 Hoops Rookies: Bought $40, Comp for $144

NAW lot of 5 Optic Silver Wave: Bought $25, Comp for $55

NAW lot of 11 Rookies: Bought $10.81, Comp for $74

Minshew Prizm Lot: Bought $50, comp $75

20 Card Football Lot: Bought $31.77, Comp: $100

Ryan Tannehill Rookie Lot: Bought $60, Comp $90

Trey Sermon Certified RPA: Bought $41, Comp $41

Trey Sermon Certified RPA: Bought, $39, Comp $39Nickeil Alexander-Walker Mosaic Auto Fusion Red: Bought, $47, Comp $70

Nickeil Alexander-Walker Optic Red Choice /88: Bought $29, Comp $55

Jaren Jackson Jr. Prizm Lot of 3: Bought $30, Comp $42

Tyler Herro Prizm and Purple Scope Rookie: Bought, $15.55, Comp $22

OG Anunoby Certified RC /25: Bought, $25, Comp $35

DeShaun Watson Prestige /150: Bought, $15, Comp $25

DeShaun Waston Rookies and Stars Auto /75: Bought, $85, Comp $100

10x 2016 NFL Panini Rookie Set: Bought $105, Comp $200

Desmond Bane Certified RC Auto: Bought $18, Comp $35

NFL Rookie Card Lot: Bought $38, Comp $120

Would you invest in a Tyler Herro Prizm? (look for them on eBay).

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: Cards Sold

McCaffrey Rookie /100: Bought $36, Sold $80

Heinicke Contenders Auto: Bought $37, Sold $125

Heinicke Rookies and Stars Auto /50: Bought $19, Sold $100

John Wall Rated Rookie /25: Bought $14.58, Sold $100

Tylan Wallace 3 Card Lot: Bought $50.80, Comp $100

Matthew Stafford Contenders Rookie /99: Bought $43.06, Sold for $100

Aaron Rodgers Bowman Rookie /200 SGC 8: Bought  $80.46, Sold $335

Nickeil Alexander-Walker Donruss Auto /35: Bought, $51, Sold $10

Desmond Bane Absolute Auto: Bought, $23.02, Sold $10

OG Anunoby Optic RC: Bought, $6, Sold $10

Nickeil Alexander-Walker is not having a great season. Is it time to buy low? (look for his autos on eBay).

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: The Totals

Spent: $1,511

Held (Comps): $1,983

Sold: $1,118

Value: $3,101

Profit: $1,589

Net: 205% increase

In other notes, my Panini Rookie sets from last week came in the day before I wrote this (it took a while, but the seller was very communicative and awesome to deal with), so I just got them listed. Hopefully, they sell as well as I’m hoping!

What will I be buying next week? To find out, come back next week.

Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes

Jesse Haynes is a novelist and content writer (contentninjamarketing.com) who has played sports and collecting trading cards almost his entire life. He just graduated from the University of Tulsa with an MBA and should probably get a “real job,” but instead hopes to continue telling stories in his pajamas for a long time.