It’s week 6 of the Card Quest project from Cardlines.com. This week has yet another new strategy to discuss to make you some money by investing in sports cards!
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:
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.
In week 6, I made my most risky purchases of the project along with one of the most sure-fire bets to make some easy profit. So let’s talk about both.
To start, I bought three different Tylan Wallace cards. Wallace was one of the best receivers in the country as a sophomore at Oklahoma State, but between an injury his junior year and sub-par quarterback play his senior year, he didn’t get the chance to shine.
After being drafted in round four by the Ravens, Wallace looks to have a great pro career.
There’s a lot to like about Wallace: his cards are selling at a very affordable price, he’s shown dynamic potential in the past, and–for better or worse–the Raven’s receiving core has been plagued by injury thus far. So if Wallace gets a look, he could shine.
What’s not to love is that he’s playing for the Ravens, and I’m a big Lamar Jackson fan, but it’s no secret that his receivers don’t put up great numbers. Still, I think Wallace could get a lot more attention than he is now.
Next up, I invested in a rookie lot from Burbank sportscards on eBay. I’d never bought from them before, but I was shopping for a particular card, and their promotion caught my eye: free shipping on all purchases over $30. Most of the cards I bought were between $1 – $2 with $3.50 shipping, so saving that much on shipping with every card was big time.
I ended up buying 20 cards for $31, and I bought cards of established young talent who are poised for breakout seasons. That means I could make significant profits now, but even better profits later on.
Here’s an individual breakdown.
This is genuinely a great-looking card (albeit college jersey), and paying $5.31 for it–shipping included–made it look even better. Unfortunately, it’s the only recent sale, so I’m comping it at the price I paid (although I’d probably list it for $25 OBO if I were listing today).
Prizm white sparkle cards are some of the most eye-catching of any Prizms. That is probably why Panini reserved them to an SSP inserted in Panini Rewards packs.
I paid $19.89 for this card and felt like it has a high ceiling despite being a Draft Picks card, and since there are no other comps, I used my purchase price.
Cracked ice autos are iconic and rare. For $25.60, this was a great pickup. There’s little risk, high reward. However, this was not a great listing and a better listing sold for more, so I’m comping this at $34.
This was my purchase from Burbank Sports Cards, and technically it was several smaller purchases, but we’re going to lump it together for price tracking. The cards are all pass-catchers of some extent, and they’re all players I have pegged to have a great year potentially.
Here’s the line-item list, with comps:
Total Comps: $100
After buying this for $31.77, I feel like it was a steal. Keep in mind that I saved $3.50 of shipping twenty times, so of course, it will have a high comp price. If any of these players end up in the fantasy top 10 for their position, I’ll be looking even better.
This week was my lightest week spending thus far after only buying about $80 of cards, but that brings my weekly average to $99–spot on!
Finally, here’s the updated running list of the cards I’m still holding and their most recent comps.
Tannehill Triple Threads Auto /25: Bought $83; Comp $90
Tannehill Rookie Card Lot: Bought $17; Comp $50
SGA Rookie Lot: Bought $75, Comp $130
SGA Prizm Rookie: Bought $121, Comp: $158
Nickeil Alexander-Walker lot of 96 Hoops Rookies: Bought $40, Comp for $144
NAW lot of 5 Optic Silver Wave: Bought $25, Comp for $40
NAW lot of 11 Rookies: Bought $10.81, Comp for $74
Minshew Prizm Lot: Bought $50, comp $75
Heinicke Contenders Auto: Bought $37, Comp $42
Heinicke Rookies and Stars Auto /50: Bought $19, Comp $40
Tylan Wallace 3 Card Lot: Bought $50.80, Comp $60
20 Card Football Lot: Bought $31.77, Comp: $100
McCaffrey Rookie /100: Bought $36, Sold $80
I lowered comps on a couple of Heinicke’s from last week, but other than that, no significant changes. But, of course, once the NFL season starts, these will begin moving a lot more.
Thanks to the combined shipping deal, my net increase didn’t change. Any time you can take advantage of a seller’s offer on eBay, I encourage you to do it!
What will I be buying next week? Then, come back next week for the next update.
Are you taking on this project yourself? Tweet me @realjessehaynes or email Cardlines to tell us about it!