Sports Cards Insider – Bet on the NBA playoffs

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This week, we’re covering investment opportunities for a couple of basketball players set to go deep in the playoffs and perhaps the best golfer to ever put on funny trousers:

  • Tiger Woods 2001 SP Authentic /900 BGS 9.5
  • Donovan Mitchell 2017-18 NT RPA BGS 9.5
  • Dwayne Johnson 1994 Miami Bumble Bee BGS 9.5

Read on for coverage of their IPO drops as well as a few self-directed investment opportunities for each.

Insiders get one dedicated email for each asset with more analysis, comps, and full valuations. We also give the AA Verdict for each card: a straight up Yes or No.

Tiger Woods 2001 SP Authentic /900 BGS 9.5

About the asset

This is a BGS 9.5 graded 2001 SP Authentic Tiger Woods card with an original print run of 900. There’s also a gold parallel with a print run of /100, so be careful not to confuse the two.

It’s decreased in value around 15% over the last twelve months.

For this asset, Insiders also learned:

  • Projected growth trend
  • Full valuation
  • Asset class volatility
  • Our verdict on the asset as an investment

About the drop

This asset will drop on Otis at noon EST on 6/7/21 (no retained equity). From then, there will be around four weeks lockup before trading begins on a daily basis.

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About Tiger Woods

Eldrick “Tiger” Woods is one of the best golfers to have ever played the game. He’s tied for first in total PGA tour wins and is second in Majors. He’s also one of the most famous athletes in the world.

He was the dominant force in professional golf during the first decade of the twenty-first century. He was ranked number one for 545 of the 590 weeks from August 1999 to October 2010. In 2009, he was the first professional athlete ever to earn more than $1B in his career.

During this stretch of his career, opponents actually played worse when in a tournament with Woods than the did when he was absent. They had so little chance of winning, they didn’t bother to try.

The decade following was riddled with personal problems, scandals, injuries, and comebacks. He finished the decade well, though winning the Masters in 2019 — his first Major in eleven years.

Woods suffered catastrophic leg injuries during a one-car accident February 23, 2021. These injuries will keep him away from the game for the foreseeable future — potentially years — while he regains the ability to walk again, much less play at the top of his game once more.ays.

Recent sales history and Valuation

Inferred value is between $15k and $25k

Other ways to invest in Tiger Woods

If you like Tiger’s chances at a comeback (and who wouldn’t), there are some other, potentially better ways to invest:

His base rookie card, the 2001 Upper Deck PSA 10 is off around 50% since the car crash but looks to have steadied out at a valuation around $450.

Donovan Mitchell 2017-18 NT RPA BGS 9.5

About the Asset

This is a BGS 9.5 graded 2017-2018 Donovan Mitchell NT RPA card. It features a patch of uniform and an autograph. It’s number 17 of a print run of 99.

It’s increased in value around 300% over the last twelve months.

For this asset, Insiders also learned:

  • Projected growth trend
  • Full valuation
  • Asset class volatility
  • Our verdict on the asset as an investment

About the drop

This asset will drop on Collectable at 7th June 2021 at 8pm EST. It has a market cap of $29,750 with $12,500 retained equity (42%). It will be locked up for around eight weeks before trading daily.

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About Donovan Mitchell

Still considered a prospect, Donovan Mitchell plays shooting guard for the Utah Jazz. Drafted as a lottery pick in 2017, he’s already been selected to two All-Star teams and was a member of the NBA All-Rookie first team. He wears #45 in honor of Michael Jordan.

His Jazz are on their way to the second round of the NBA playoffs to face the Clippers, and a deep run there would certainly help his status. He averaged 28.5 points per game and nearly six assists in the first round.

Recent sales history and Valuation

Inferred value is between $15k and $30k

Other ways to invest in Donovan Mitchell

If you like Mitchell’s chances, there are some other, potentially better ways to invest:

His base rookie card, the 2017 Prizm PSA 10, is around 50% off its late-February highs and is currently below the card’s trendline at around $325.

Kevin Durant 2008 Topps Chrome Orange Refractor PSA 10

About the Asset

This is a PSA 10 graded rookie card for future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant. The orange refractor had a print run of just 199, and only 17 of them are graded PSA 10.

It’s increased in value around 300% over the last twelve months.

For this asset, Insiders also learned:

  • Projected growth trend
  • Full valuation
  • Asset class volatility
  • Our verdict on the asset as an investment

Both Collectable and Otis have standard versions of this refractor trading at the moment.

About the drop

This asset will drop on Rally at noon EST Friday 11th June 2020 with a market cap of $130k and no retained equity. There will be a three month lockup before it trades quarterly.

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About Kevin Durant

Adam did a nice write up of KD. Have a look if you’d like a refresher. He’s quite good.

Recent sales history and Valuation

Inferred value is between $40k and $70k

Other ways to invest in Kevin Durant

Durant’s Nets lead the Bucks 1-0 in the playoffs, and complete with James Harding and Kyrie Irving, this team could do some damage. If you’d like to try to catch the Kevin Durant falling knife, here are a couple good options

The standard refractor is trading on both Otis and Collectable for more of less fair market value — $33k and $37k, respectively.

Heritage is set to auction an XBOX 360 NBA Elite 2011 graded 8.0 coming up soon.

You can pick up an alternate Chrome refractor rookie for KD — the 2007 Bowman Chrome Refractor Kevin Durant /299 #111 PSA 10 – look for this one if it’s closing below $10k.

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Wyatt Cavalier

Wyatt Cavalier

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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