Messi Basket; Crosby Basket

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Today is a deep dive into two assets:

  • Messi Rookie Basket – IPOs 8th April on Collectable
  • Sidney Crosby Basket – IPOs 9th April on Collectable

What is the Messi Rookie Basket?

This is a pair of rookie cards (one is a sticker) from Panini’s various sets in 2004 – 2005. There are a number of rookie cards for Messi from that year.

The first is a 2004 Panini Sports Mega Cracks PSA 10. There are relatively quite a few PSA 10s compared to what we’re used to seeing.

The second is a BGS 9.5 graded 2004 – 2005 Panini Colecciones Este La Liga Sticker. There’s a slightly longer tail here in the lower grades and four known BGS 10s.

It IPOs on Collectable 8th April with no retained equity

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Cultural Relevance

We went fanboy on Messi here.

Inferred Value – $69,450

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Category Strength

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Growth Outlook and Future Catalysts

There are a lot of his rookies, but compared to other major stars who broke out in the noughties — LeBron, Brady, there are relatively few. No refractors, only a couple major sets.

Messi has a long long way to go to catch up to the rest of his peers.

Asset Liquidity

This will have a roughly 90 day lockup period then will trade daily.

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Intangibles

Messi will leave Barcelona this summer. Wherever he goes, it’s going to be a huge deal.


What is the Sidney Crosby Basket?

This is a pair of cards from Sidney Crosby’s rookie year. They come from the 2005 – 2006 Upper Deck The Cup set and feature jersey patches and autographs. One is graded BGS 9.0 and the other is BGS 9.5.

There is one known BGS 10.

It IPOs on Collectable 9th April.

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Cultural Relevance

Considered one of the ten best hockey players of all time, Lemieux was Crosby is still active, captaining the Pittsburgh Penguins.

He’s won three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, four Prince of Wales Trophies, three Ted Lindsay Awards and each of the Conn Smythe, Art Ross and Maurice Richard Trophies twice.

Slightly more oddball, he’s also got:

  • An Order of Nova Scotia
  • A Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal
  • Two Emmy awards

Wayne Gretzky said of Crosby, “He’s proven over and over that he’s the best player in the game today. And it seems like the more important the game, the more impact that he makes on a game.”

Culturally, Crosby compares favourably to the other Hockey rookie to IPO this week, Mario Lemieux, and he’s in the ballpark compared to Gretzky himself.

He mostly stays out of the public eye and avoids social media, which hurts him a bit here.

Inferred Value – $56k

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Category Strength

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Growth Outlook and Future Catalysts

As with Tom Brady, Crosby is still active and has the chance to add to his silverware haul (though the Penguins are long odds this year). Hockey generally has quite a bit of room to grow.

Asset Liquidity

This will have a roughly 90 day lockup period then will trade daily.

Points 8/10

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Intangibles

Crosby’s younger sister, Taylor, also played hockey, though she doesn’t appear to anymore.


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Wyatt Cavalier

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With a background in finance & intelligence analysis, Wyatt has an unhealthy obsession with finding the best blue chip investment opportunities. His previous newsletter, Fractional, resonated deeply with subscribers, bringing actionable insights and unconventional trading strategies. His rare book collection specializes in banned editions. He currently lives in Spain with his beautiful wife, three young boys, and dog Monty.

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