Messi Rookie and Pele Rookie

Today we have a deep dive into rookie cards for two of the four greatest footballers of all time:

  1. Lionel Messi 2004 Mega Cracks PSA 9 – IPOs 13th May 2021 at 8pm EST on Collectable
  2. Pele 1958 Quigol PSA 8 – IPOs 14th April 2021 at noon EST on Rally

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What is the Lionel Messi 2004 Mega Cracks PSA 9?

This is one of several rookie cards Panini produced for Lionel Messi in 2004. You can read about others that have IPO’ed recently:

This card is graded PSA 9. There are 34 others and a further 20 graded PSA 10.

There are also a number of these cards registered with BGS.

It IPOs for $85k on Collectable Thursday 13th May at 8pm EST with no retained equity.

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Cultural Relevance

Messi is probably the best player to ever play the world’s most popular game, though he’s not as popular in the US as he should be.

Read more about him via the links above.

Inferred Value – $50k to $75k

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Category Strength

The Sports Cards category had a 60% ROI in Q1 2021.

Subcategory Strength

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Risk Profile

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Asset Growth TTM

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Growth Outlook and Future Catalysts

Messi is almost definitely leaving Barcelona this summer and will retire within the next few years.

Asset Liquidity

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

Platform Risk

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Intangibles

Given the number of Messi cards already on the various platforms, I’d be slightly worried about Messi Fatigue.

What is the Pele 1958 Quigol PSA 8?

This is one of three known PSA 8 1958-59 Tupinamba Ltda. Colecao Quigol Pele rookie cards. There are a total of 56 registered with PSA (plus ten with qualifiers etc).

The card itself was produced for the Brazilian market, which is quite unique for Pele’s rookie cards

It IPOs for $225k on Rally at noon EST 05/14/2021. There will be no retained equity.

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Cultural Relevance

Pele is one of the top four footballers of all time (I’d argue second). I wrote about Pele extensively for one of his other IPOs.

Inferred Value – $150k to $300k

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Category Strength

The Sports Cards category had a 60% ROI in Q1 2021.

Subcategory Strength

[Insiders Only]

Risk Profile

[Insiders Only]

Asset Growth TTM

[Insiders Only]

Growth Outlook and Future Catalysts

Scarcity is the main driver here. There are just very very few of his rookie cards available.

Asset Liquidity

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

Platform Risk

[Insiders Only]

Intangibles

This is the highest graded version of a very rare card for a very very important player. It would be a no brainer for me if it weren’t for the slightly dodgy trading window for his other card on the platform.


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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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