Investing In Sports Cards: Card Quest 17

This week in Investing In Sports Cards with Jesse, I made a few speculative buys based on recent trade headlines. I’m hoping they lead to significant returns. Plus, I sold two cards that I’d bought for $110 for $250.

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 17 Of Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse Purchases

This week, I spent almost exactly $100 on cards. $100.11 since for anybody counting, but I didn’t realize how on the nose I was. Let’s pretend I did.

Either way, the three different lots I bought were all pretty speculative. Though not sure-fire flips, I still think there’s a lot of money to be made. Here’s the breakdown.

Purchase One: Chicago Bears Donruss Premium Lot

As I have written before, there is a lot of money to be made if you find a good lot with a poor listing.

That was the case here when I found a Chicago Bears Donruss Premium 2021 lot of 11 cards and bought it for $20.84.

The lot isn’t worth too much more than that. After all, the Bears haven’t been making positive headlines this year. However, the big draw was a Justin Fields Premium Stock rookie, and there’s also a Khalil Herbert rookie too. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Herbert thus far in his young career.

The best part? The only player listed in the lot title was “Justin Feilds.” Since his last name was misspelled, I bought this for about $10 less than my comp price of $30. However, I’m going to treat it more like a long-term investment than a quick flip.

What will a Khalil Herbert auto sell for in a few years? (look for more on eBay)

Purchase Two: Marvin Bagley Mosaic Silver Rookie Lot x3

Marvin Bagley has been a major disappointment, after looking great at Duke. We hear so much, “Wow, imagine if the Suns would have taken Luka at #1 instead of Deandre Ayton,” that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the Kings passed on Luka (and Trae) to take Bagley at #2.

Things got so bad, Bagley fell out of the Kings rotation after failing to contribute meaningfully to the team. But there’s hope. He’s back now, and he’s been stringing together a pretty nice series of double-doubles.

Perhaps the best news is the recent swirl of headlines that suggest Marvin Bagley and Buddy Hield are being shopped in trade offers. Bagley is still young and incredibly talented. Therefore, it is quite possible that a change of scenery could jumpstart his career.

Now’s the time to act if you like Bagley. Happily, his cards are very cheap for the time being.

That’s why I picked up this lot of three silver Mosaic Bagley Rookies for just $15.06 total. I’m only comping it for $20 right now, but I think it could go up.

Is Marvin Bagley headed for a career reviving trade? (look for his RCs on eBay)

Purchase Three: Marvin Bagley Select Premier Level Silver Prizm PSA 10 Lot of 3

My final purchase cost me $64.21. You already know the logic: the book isn’t closed on Bagley yet.

I found a lot of Silver Premier Prizms of Bagley, all of which are PSA 10s. I was pretty surprised they sold for this small amount. After all, Silver Premier prizms aren’t the easiest thing to pull out of Select – especially with all graded as PSA 10.

They’re very hard to comp, too, since none recently sold as standalone auctions. One is listed for $230, but that’s crazy. The best comp was sold on September 21st for $102.50, but that was three months ago. Therefore, it’s not a very reliable either.

All that said, I’m comping my lot of three for $100 and hoping to beat that number.

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: New Sales

Good news! I finally sold some cards. Now I feel somehwat better about my early football investments.

If you followed this quest closely, I was very bullish on Ryan Tannehill. My thinking was that he’d look great surrounded by AJ Brown, Julio Jones, and Derrick Henry. Unfortunately, Tannehill’s the only one on that list who has managed to stay healthy – although the Titans made the playoffs anyway!

Finally sold that Derrick Henry.

That said, one of my first purchases was a Tannehill Triple Threads /25 rookie auto that I bought for $83. After the way the season was going, I’d been comping it for $90. Fortunately, it sold for $150 this week. That’s a profit margin I’m happy with, considering.

Also, the Patrick Mahomes /99 Limited Jersey that I bought for $23 as a “football card” sold for $100. I knew it was guaranteed profit when I bought it but had been comping it at $60.

Always nice to beat expected comps in real sales.

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 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

1 Jalen Ramsey RC Auto /25: lot paid off, comp $65

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 $39

Nickeil 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 $60

Cam Akers RC /249: Bought $14, Comp $15

AJ Brown Gold Lazer RC: Bought $15.5, Comp $20

How much will this A.J. Brown sell for?

Derrick Henry RC Optic Patch /50: Bought $35, Comp $35

Bears Optic Rookie Lot: Bought $21, Comp $15

Bagley Silver Mosaic x3: Bought $15, Comp $20

Bagley Silver Select Silver PSA 3 x10: Bought $64, Comp $100

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

3 Jalen Ramsey RC autos: $175

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

PARTIAL Rookie Lot: Sold for $75, still holding $60

Tannehill Triple Threads Auto /25: Bought $83, Sold $150

Mahomes Patch /99: Bought $27, Comp $100

The Mahomes patch fetched a tidy profit.

Investing In Sports Cards With Jesse: The Totals

Spent: $1702

Held (Comps): $1937

Sold: $1623

Value: $3,560

Profit: $1,857

Net: 209% increase.

What will I be buying next week? Do come back next week for the next update.

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.