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Gaming NFT

Tee Grizzley’s “The Grizzley World NFT” Offers Fans Insane Access to the Rapper

NFT projects that provide ongoing utility to their buyers always rise above the rest. To celebrate the release of his upcoming album, Detroit rapper Tee Grizley is launching a special edition one of a kind effort called the “The Grizzley World NFT Launch.” As a part of the launch, Grizzley fans will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase three golden tickets, which in turn gives the winners lifetime access to the rapper’s GTA server, and a lifetime pass to any Tee Grizzley concert in your local area. The lucky prize winners of the golden tickets will also receive a physical copy of the passes that can be presented at Grizzley’s concerts mailed to them at a later date. 

In addition to the lifetime concert tickets and GTA access, Tee Grizzley die-hards will have an opportunity to bid for a 1/1 Tee Grizzley double sided chain decked out with platinum and rose gold if they are unable to snag a golden ticket. The winner of the auction will also receive lifetime access to Grizzley’s GTA server, and their own personalized avatar version of the chain that can be worn on their characters during gameplay. Talk about utility.

https://www.grizzleyworldnft.com/#/
Grizzley World NFT

Ahead of his NFT debut, here is what Tee Grizzley had to say about his first launch:

“I’m excited to drop my first NFT with The Grizzley World Collection, especially because I get to combine my music and gaming. Not only will winners get access to my Grizzley World Server, but they will also get a lifetime pass to any of my shows, and an invite to a special album release party to celebrate my new album Built For Whatever.”

If you are looking to participate in Grizzley’s NFT drop, the auction is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 1st at 12PM PST on GrizzleyWorldNFT.com

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Music NFT

Songcamp, Music NFTs and The Future of Collective Creation

There are new tools emerging on the Internet.

Some are called NFTs, social tokens, DAOs

A more zoomed out perspective lends itself to umbrella terms like web3, crypto, blockchain.

I prefer to call it the new internet.

All of those terms certainly have their place. But to get a wider view of what is really happening, it’s helpful to strip away the stigmas and preconceived assumptions those words might carry. And instead see this moment in history from a vantage point that inspires our imagination, our expansiveness, and our freedom to build what we want to see in the world. 

To see what is actually sprouting on the Internet today is to see a blank canvas before you. The brushes are new and the paint is fresh and we really aren’t all that sure what to make just yet. 

But undoubtedly, the first step is to grab that brush and slap some paint on the canvas. Better yet, shove your hands in the jar and smear a mess of color all over the place. Because that is the only way we are going to learn just where this new internet can take us. 

Songcamp is doing just that. 

Music + The New Internet = 💥

Songcamp is experimenting with a songwriting camp that doesn’t end when the songs are written, but continues on into the visual design and release of said music.

Often songwriting camps end with dozens of incredible songs that never see the light of day. They get stuck in the sticky web of industry we call the music business. Publishers and labels and splits and all these bloated intermediaries result in fantastic songs wasting away on dormant hard drives. 

The other place these songs get stuck is in the worried mind of the artist. Today’s systems condition us to believe we must build a specific personal brand and stick with it. Straying too far away from it—especially with the weird and eclectic songs that often come out of a songwriting camp—conjures up anxiety rather than the excitement that it should. 


Songcamp cuts through the core of all that. The project aims to use web3 tools to collectively fund, create and distribute art on the Internet. By completely circumventing the traditional ways of doing things, artists are free to create something altogether new and realize the value of that art in a much more direct way. 

Here’s How It Works

Songcamp’s Genesis Batch consists of 3 teams of musicians, 1 team of visual artists, and 1 team of project operatives. 

Together, they’ve had 2 weeks to:

  • create 3 brand new songs from scratch;
  • design the cover artwork to go along with those songs;
  • and build + fund the release of those songs

This past Monday was the deadline, and all three teams delivered. They held an in-camp listening party to take in the incredible music and visual art that was co-created by talented strangers over the Internet. 

Throughout the two-week camp, a distribution plan was developed and agreed upon…

The Unlock

In order to fund the release of these records, a sponsorship NFT called “The Unlock” was minted and auctioned off during the camp. 

Collecting this NFT effectively unlocked the camp for all involved. And that’s just what happened when Seed Club threw up a winning bid of 1.25 ETH with 20 minutes left on the clock. In doing so, they formed a strong bond with Songcamp in becoming the project’s first ever supporter. 

This supplied the necessary funds to properly release the co-created art.

https://zora.co/songcamp/2863
Zora / Songcamp

The Release

This coming Monday May 3rd, each song will be minted as 1-of-1 NFTs on Catalog

Catalog is building the primary music NFT platform on the Internet, giving artists the tools to mint rare digital records and keep 100% of all future sales.

These NFTs will act as the 1/1 canonical record pressings for each song—much like an original vinyl pressing but in digital form. The idea here is to distribute this art in the form of its original internet master, and allow the creators to collectively realize its value through a live auction format. 

Catalog

The Auction

On that same day, a 24-hour auction will kick off for all three music NFTs. The reserve-bid auction will take place on Mirror, a brand new publishing platform developing tools that go far beyond writing. Click here for a more detailed roadmap of the auction.

Mirror

With tools like Reserve Auctions, Splits, and Crowdfunds, Mirror is developing embeddable business models for creators. And Songcamp is putting them to use. 


The Splits block that Mirror has created allows you to quickly and automatically split funds with a group of people on the Internet. All of these tools are composable, meaning they can plug into each other. For instance, Songcamp can send the proceeds from the Reserve Auctions to the Split block so that everyone involved in the song can instantly claim their share.

https://j.mirror.xyz/qnvV6hGoxq6gIO2anZ4KLi-kXz3RDZh6qFS78QDSM0Y
Mirror
An example of a Split block on Mirror

Beyond just that, both Mirror and Catalog are built on top of Zora, an open NFT protocol. So not only do Mirror’s tools plug into each other, but Mirror and Catalog plug into each other too! 

Oh, and none of these platforms— not Catalog, Mirror, nor Zora —take any fee whatsoever. This means that 100% of the value flows directly and instantaneously to the creators. 

Is your head spinning? Mine sure was.

This all points to entirely brand new ways of creating and sharing stuff online. We can begin to see the tremendous power of such malleable tools. And Songcamp is about to expose that potential to all of us, by putting these digital lego blocks to use in a truly effective way. 

So here is Songcamp’s plan in summary:

↳ Mint music NFTs on Catalog 

↳ Put those NFTs up for auction on Mirror 

↳ Send the funds from those auctions to a Split Block

↳ Each artist involved on that song receives their share of the Split

Glorious.  


Be sure to catch the Songcamp NFT release + auction on Monday May 3 2021 via Songcamp’s Mirror.

It’s Time To Experiment 🥽

The tools we now have at our disposal allow us to realize a truer value of digital things. Be it content, currency or communities, these tools allow us to organize and distribute stuff in ways that circumvent intermediaries, and allow value to flow directly to those who deserve it. 

But these tools are very young. We aren’t all that sure how to use them yet. We’re also extremely conditioned by the first 20 years of life on the Internet. 

So now, we must experiment.

Songcamp is one of those experiments. Better yet, Songcamp is akin to a web3 laboratory—running experiments at the edges of music and the new internet. 


Follow along + get involved with Songcamp on Twitter, Discord and Mirror.

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Culture Trading Cards

20 of the Most Popular (and Valuable) Modern Sports Cards

Sports cards are no longer a thing of the past. With an increase in overall sports viewership and with the instant ability to access an ever-growing base of popular athletes, it only makes sense that sports cards would find their rightful place back in the United States. 

Being a shop owner over these past years has given me an interesting and unique look at what collectors, investors, and flippers are making popular. Grading companies, eBay, the increase in the use of mobile payment services, and, of course, the rapid growth in social media has only fueled the rise. In all of the recent attention, a few cards have definitely emerged to the top. Popularity and value seem to intertwine in the hobby community and the following list of modern sports cards should help you navigate the modern scene.

Now, before I get to this list, let’s qualify a few things:

  • Modern cards are considered to be cards that are not “vintage” cards, and depending on what circles you vibe in, vintage cards typically mark their way backward from sometime in the ’70s. In contrast, modern cards would be considered everything else until now.
  • There are different tiers of value: low, mid, high, really high, and then crazy high end. For purposes of this article, we will focus on the low to the mid/high end, you know, what most people can afford. No 2000 Tom Brady Contenders autographs or 2003-04 Lebron Exquisite RPAs showing up on this list. (RPA = rookie patch autograph… I told you this would be a “modern” list!)
  • This list takes on football, baseball and basketball only. Sorry, you hockey and soccer nuts!
1. 2003-04 Topps Chrome LeBron James (PSA 10) $23,990
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 2,068

LeBron’s Topps Chrome rookie is a staple in the card collecting community. I can’t tell you how many “baseball-only” or “football-only” folks have one of these LeBron’s stashed away. Is it the staple step-back jump shot on the front that makes it so popular? Maybe the classic, youthful 19-year-old image on the back? Or is it just that this is THE Topps Chrome brand rookie card of this current generation’s Michael Jordan? Probably the latter, but it’s an interesting card value-wise. Since LeBron’s move to LA, the PSA 10 copies of this card have nearly doubled in value. The card is known to be typically well off-center, so it’s not an easy grade for the PSA/BGS savvy types. This specific card has versions as a standard refractor, black refractor (#/500), xfractor (#/220) and the highly sought after gold refractor (#/50).

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=sNfLc6Iqbu0GBmHAWDaO

Sports cards are no longer a thing of the past. With an increase in overall sports viewership and with the instant ability to access an ever-growing base of popular athletes, it only makes sense that sports cards would find their rightful place back in the United States. 

Being a shop owner over these past years has given me an interesting and unique look at what collectors, investors, and flippers are making popular. Grading companies, eBay, the increase in the use of mobile payment services, and, of course, the rapid growth in social media has only fueled the rise. In all of the recent attention, a few cards have definitely emerged to the top. Popularity and value seem to intertwine in the hobby community and the following list of modern sports cards should help you navigate the modern scene.

Now, before I get to this list, let’s qualify a few things:

  • Modern cards are considered to be cards that are not “vintage” cards, and depending on what circles you vibe in, vintage cards typically mark their way backward from sometime in the ’70s. In contrast, modern cards would be considered everything else until now.
  • There are different tiers of value: low, mid, high, really high, and then crazy high end. For purposes of this article, we will focus on the low to the mid/high end, you know, what most people can afford. No 2000 Tom Brady Contenders autographs or 2003-04 Lebron Exquisite RPAs showing up on this list. (RPA = rookie patch autograph… I told you this would be a “modern” list!)

This list takes on football, baseball, and basketball only. Sorry, you hockey and soccer nuts!

2. 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. (PSA 10) $2,578
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 3,903

Ask any ‘80s to ‘90s card collector about this card, and I’m sure they all can identify it as the most popular card of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s junk era. The funny thing is this card is far from junk. With a PSA 10 POP report of 3,903, this card’s value on the secondary market continues to remain solid, and Griffey continues to be wildly popular with baseball collectors. With his recent Hall of Fame induction (2016) and popularity that crosses multiple generational lines, the Griffey Star Rookie has cemented its place as one of the most collectible and popular cards. It’s quite easily the most recognizable baseball card of the current generation.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=QBWAiMZPAbef6gZAW9r2
3. 2018-19 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic (PSA 10) $1083
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 15,639

What we have seen from LeBron James in the Topps Chrome Brand, we also see in Panini’s version of Prizm. Prizm, a brand released in 2012 by Panini, has taken the reins as the marquee chrome-like brand that collectors love. Now add in the enormous domestic and international buzz from Doncic to an already crazed basketball-collecting community, and you have a worldwide phenomenon modern rookie card. I would venture to say that this card has single-handedly brought tens of thousands of new eyes to the world of cards.

The PSA POP report at the time of this article was 15.639 for graded Gem Mint 10s. The craze is real, and Luka has become the new prince of the NBA (move over King?). Looking for a PSA 10 Gem mint copy? You’ll have to fork over a cool $1500+, but who knows how high the ceiling for this card could be. You can also find this card in a variety of parallels, including the ever-favorite Silver Prizm.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=mHsQAJqL2NnFrSt4kcXB
4. 2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady (PSA 10) $18,510
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 1,058

Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. Well, that name doesn’t exactly appear on this 2000 card, but the standard eight-letter “Tom Brady” sequence does. While I will leave the four-letter GOAT conversation alone, there is no argument that Brady’s rookies have become legendary in the hobby. The 14-time Pro Bowler and winner of six Super Bowls rings (or “chips,” if I’m going for cool points) sure does bring a lot of attention to his rookie cards. The Bowman brand, a brand that is now more synonymous with baseball prospects than anything, would be seen as one of the staples for Brady in 2000. There are many sought-after rookie cards from his rookie year (Upper Deck SP Authentic #118, Playoff Contenders Autograph, etc.). Still, the Bowman Chrome is by far the most preferred for anyone trying to own a small piece of the sixth-rounder out of Michigan. Similar to the 2003 Topps Chrome, centering can be an issue on these cards, and PSA 9s and BGS 9s seem to carry a little bit more of an uptick in value as compared to a raw Mint copy. There is no 2000 Topps Chrome rookie card, hence why the Bowman Chrome has become so collectible.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=wCUA3as2Vtqx5bRGwJOx
5. 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout (PSA 10) $4,500
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 5,178

One of the most influential Topps rookie cards of the past decade has been the #US175 Update Mike Trout. The modern-day Griffey Star Rookie, this Trout rookie has seen a healthy rise in value and grading submissions in the past five years. Known by many in hobby circles as simply the “Trout Update,” the card may not woo you at first glance. It’s quite basic and made relatively cheap—thin card stock, simple design, paper base, minimal foil—no bells and whistles. But don’t let that fool you into thinking this card isn’t a powerhouse. PSA 10 Gem Mint copies of this card are selling at an all-time high. Quite impressive from a card in which the print runs of the 2011 Topps Update set were never released. That’s something to be said for how beloved Trout’s game is and how he carries himself on and off the field. From a strictly subjective perspective, customers always talk Trout. They talk about his play demeanor and cards. Trout has fans young and old. Many see him as the modern-day Mickey Mantle. How do you see him? Or better yet, how do you see his rookie card?

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=NEZ8k1qFnFm6wvJVxYLu
6. 1986-87 Fleer Michael Jordan (PSA 10) $375,100
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 316

If I were ranking this list, it would be shocking not to have this card at the top. What is not to love about the iconic MJ Fleer rookie card? [delete two extra spaces] The card captures his iconic flight en route to a one-handed dunk, all while the tongue is flapping in the wind. How about the red/blue/white and yellow inner border that screams ‘80s warm-up suit? It doesn’t get any more classic than this. Another critical component to this card’s popularity is that the run is so simple: #57 is the only base set version of the card, and there is only one subset card—the sticker rookie card. That’s it. Less is more. It’s easily the most recognizable basketball card of all time, and unfortunately it’s also one of the most faked/reprinted cards. The MJ fleer rookie can be seen as a significant “key date” for you coin collectors. MJ, across the board, has only seen an overall increase in value in almost all of his cards, highlighted even more so with this 1986 sample. (To briefly touch on the authentic element and looking at our shop records for 2019—the count is up to eight—as in eight is the number of people who have brought in a “valuable MJ rookie” to sell to us, resulting in the unfortunate fake news. Additionally, a search on eBay will allow you to buy a “reprinted” version of this card for a few bucks.)

Please be careful when looking into purchasing this card, but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? Buying an already graded version of the MJ Fleer rookie will save you a lot of headaches. Just like his game, the MJ rookie IS the GOAT. Don’t @ me!

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=a81mteoQzRV9WTNHdxg9
7. 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter Foil (PSA 10) $468,000
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 21

0.14 percent—this is the magic number. This 0.14 refers to the percent of the 1993 Upper Deck SP FOIL that have received the unicorn-level grade of PSA 10. It puts things into perspective when the registry has the Jeter Foil at a whopping 15,683 total cards graded. To give some perspective in terms of value, in May 2018, a PSA 10 off eBay sold for $99,100. Fast-forward to December a year later to find a purchase of $138,000 (including the buyer premium). As one of the most popular ‘90s baseball cards (and one with significant value), the 1993 SP FOIL Jeter has only seen an uptick in recent months and years. What’s unique about this card is that foil element makes the surface of the card extremely delicate to scratching, and the dark corners highlight any imperfections to almost a higher degree than other cards of this era. It is widely known that this card could be damaged simply by friction in the wax packs—a very tough grade. In terms of mass production popularity, the Jeter Foil and Griffey Star Rookie sit in their thrones atop the ‘80s/’90s junk era.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=AHo1BMa7djTQZYp4oOJ0
8. 2018 Topps Update Ronald Acuna (PSA 10) $252
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 16,749

Probably one of the most under-the-radar cards in the last two years, the Acuna Update (At-Bat in Blue Jersey) has seen a tremendous rise in value for one of MLB’s most promising young talents in just the past year. This specific card has multiple variations, including the “Bat Down” pose and the highly coveted “White Jersey” SSP, all of which carry the #US250 numbering. The Topps Update version has become synonymous with many players as the player’s “true” rookie card, and Acuna is no exception. In the shop, the card never really peaked over $8 to $10 for a non-graded mint copy during the 2018 season, but the 2019 season brought the rain. PSA 10 copies of the base “At-Bat in Blue Jersey” card began selling $125 to $150 consistently on eBay, and the loyal Atlanta fan base seemed to be gobbling these cards faster than we could keep in stock.

On top of that, when you can find multiple parallels, including (but not limited to) the Gold (#/2018), Mother’s Day Pink (#/50), Father’s Day Blue (#/50), Camo (#/25), Clear (#/10) and coveted Platinum #1/1, it only adds to the craze. These parallels and short prints, for the most part, seemed to almost fuel the fandom for this card in a way that I haven’t seen from a base Topps Baseball Card in a long time. Values have cooled down a bit, but the Acuna Update is a rookie card that has revitalized those standard Topps wax packs!

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9. 2017 Panini Prizm Patrick Mahomes (PSA 10) $10,700
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

PSA 10 Population: 852

Football cards can be a tricky bunch. When comparing the three major U.S. sports, it’s a common theme to see basketball and baseball carry more predictably than football. Maybe it’s because the NFL season is only 17 weeks/16 games, and players are quick to injure? Things can change so quickly with the pigskin. Lately, that rule seems to also apply to hot quarterback rookie cards as well. (See Lamar Jackson 2018 Prizm #212 for some homework.) Many savvy investors would have said the Patrick Mahomes base Panini Prizm rookie (which is silver) had already reached its peak at the beginning of the 2019 season. PSA 10 Gem Mint copies at that time could be had for roughly $200 to $300 and non-graded versions for around $60 to $90 depending on condition and eye appeal. Who knew that PSA 10 versions of this simple shiny base rookie card would skyrocket to $10,700? Never have we seen such a quick spike for such a basic football rookie card. I believe, one, this further solidifies the Panini Prizm brand as the new Topps Chrome and standard collectible rookie card, and two, that the element of branding, combined with hype, is fueling a new age of collecting. Let’s give credit where credit is due though—Mahomes, in his way, is reinventing the game as well with a massive arm, no-look passes, school-boy flip tosses, Madden covers and ketchup infatuations—all while appearing to have fun playing football. Keep an eye on this card for years to come as Mahomes is leading the changing of the guard with staples like Brady, Brees, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Rivers and more coming to the end of their careers.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=TrTwmEF7LmxrHP9NHWc8
10. 1986 Topps Jerry Rice (PSA 10) $91,080
Heritage Auctions

This iconic card of arguably the greatest football player of all-time comes from the 1986 Topps set. Due to their borders which were known for chipping along the edges as well as the poor centering of cards that this set is notorious for, there are only (59) PSA 10s in the entire population.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=JPKy9AxMMATmQYBPesLO
11. 2009 Topps Stephen Curry (PSA 10) $11.070
eBay

There are currently only (354) of these PSA 10s on record. There is also a Topps Chrome rookie that was numbered to /999 which currently sells for $50,100 but the population on that card is (60).

Steph has been absolutely on fire of late, breaking the record in April for hitting the most three-pointers in a calendar month in NBA history. Can the Warriors make a little run as a play-in game participant in this year’s playoffs? That would certainly do wonders for the price of this card.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=2o6Kr9JoqCRuCoND0B3u
12. 1985 O-Pee-Chee Mario Lemieux (PSA 10) $55,900
eBay

Another card with an extremely low PSA population (47), this rare Mario Lemieux rookie has actually seen a bit of a dip over the last few months as it was selling for around $80,000 just a few short months ago. Will it rebound, as many in the trading card hobby speculate that the entire hockey market could be on the rise in the coming months and years? Only time will tell, but next to Gretzky, Lemieux is about as safe a hockey play as they come.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=BqQxBfgm4ZTvZt0KVp9O
13. 2005 Upper Deck Sydney Crosby (PSA 10) $4,088
eBay

The first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft came with quite a bit of hype. He entered the league with multiple nicknames, including “The Next One”, referencing the nickname of Wayne Gretzky “The Great One”.

His Upper Deck “Young Guns” rookie card has a PSA population of (766) and has remained fairly steady at that price.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=M3VvQP3akKEyadW6oWDJ
14. 1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant (PSA 10) $22,140
eBay

Kobe’s Topps Chrome rookie card reached a high of $49,100 on February 21, 2021 before quickly seeing it’s price run down over 50% in just 2 short months.

With a PSA population of only (830), combined with the fact that Bryant is one of the most beloved players in the history of the sport, this card feels very safe long term.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=ndajAwy74pcyxu2EFAGN
15. 2020 Panini Prizm Justin Herbert (PSA 10) $905
eBay

While I love Justin Herbert and think he has all the tools to be a top quarterback in the NFL, I am a little scared of the current prices for this card. With the logjam over at PSA holding up submissions, the population of these cards is only (834) currently, but that number will absolutely explode once they work their way through the backlog. What happens to the value if there are 8000 of them in the population instead of 800?

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=dyv3t0sepqQ2xupsNcbd
16. 2019 Panini Prizm Zion Williamson (PSA 10) $634
eBay

This card is another one that scares me a bit, as the PSA population is already astronomically high (16,782) and you can be sure that number will go way up once everybody receives their submissions back that are stuck in the backlog.

Zion is a beast and has all the makings of a mega-star, but will the value of this card hold up long-term with so many of them out there?

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=SLHIYTZZsE03H5uRFB1P
17. 2018 Panini Prizm World Cup Kylian Mbappe (PSA 10) $1097
eBay

This Mbappe rookie has seen an interesting run over the last three months, selling for $741 back in January, and almost doubling that price by the start of April ($1437). It has come back down a bit since, but as the soccer market continues to heat up, I feel good about the relatively low PSA population (2,614) combined with Mbappe’s worldwide popularity. It should be enough to continue to see this card rise in the coming months. Now might be a good time to pick one up on the dip.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=VHxBgUKCeMFJiDLGbDv3
18. 2004 Panini Sports Mega Cracks Lionel Messi (PSA 10) $15,740
eBay

With a population of just (148) of one of soccer’s GOAT’s, it’s no surprise that this Messi rookie card commands a $15,740 price tag if you want to purchase one. That said, this card has seen quite a roller coaster ride over the last 3 months, selling for just $5,500 at the end of January and running up to $27,500 less than two weeks later, before settling in at it’s current price.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=sy7wDu8GFsTud4janfdX
19. 2019 Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. (PSA 10) $427
eBay

Fernando Tatis Jr. has been on an absolute tear to start the 2021 baseball season, clocking 7 home runs in his first 15 games, and flexing on pitchers as he circles the bases.

It looks as if he has a real shot to win an MVP and become one of the biggest stars in the game for a very long time, so now might be the time to invest in him before prices go crazy.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=lgi8Nj75fD7irrLqNTEX
20. 1992 Upper Deck Shaquille O’Neal (PSA 10) $4162
eBay

This card was just so iconic when it came out, as Upper Deck superimposed three photos in one showing off a Shaq dunking the ball in a creative, unique way, especially for the time.

With Shaq’s seemingly never-ending string of endorsements, his larger-than-life personality on the NBA on TNT, his Hollywood appearances and popular culture references, you never really have to worry about him staying relevant. The all-black background makes it hard to find this card in mint condition, so the population is only (318). With a relatively small price tag, I think that this card has a lot of upward potential long-term.

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https://www.cardladder.com/card?id=THan5rfmc5Rm0RkMBux7
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Culture Trading Cards

Baseball Card Guide: How To Tell If Your Baseball Cards Are Worth Money

When I was growing up in the 1980s, baseball cards were my life. When birthdays were approaching, my parents never asked me what I wanted for my present because they knew what I wanted. Sitting down in my room and tearing open packs was the best part of every birthday. The thrill of the chase, whether I was trying to find a Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck rookie, a Mark McGwire 1985 Topps USA Baseball Team rookie, or later, a Billy Ripken 1991 Fleer card with a 4-letter-word written on the knob of the bat, was about as much fun as a kid could have. The reward for uncovering one of those chase cards felt like millions of dollars to my 8-10 year old self.

As I became a teenager and then a young adult, I stopped collecting. The cards that were my carefully protected, top-loaded treasures were stacked in boxes in a closet in my parent’s house. They sat there throughout college, and then for years after as I moved around from state to state. I didn’t really think about them much, but figured that eventually I would grab them and see if they had any value.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and I had a life changing moment, when I decided to make a $20 purchase, the first card I had bought since my childhood.

You may have a similar story, with boxes of cards sitting in some closet or storage facility that you haven’t looked at in years. You have been seeing all the news reports about the resurgence of the sports card market, but you have no clue if your cards have any value or how to appraise them.

In this article, I will attempt to help you understand the modern day hobby, how to find the value of your cards, and answer some of the questions that I know I needed some clarification and guidance on when I first got back in to the hobby.

1. Why invest in Baseball Cards?
Getty Images

This answer will vary depending on what your goals are.

For me, first and foremost, collecting baseball cards is a hobby and it’s a lot of fun. Some of my best memories as a kid are going to the local card shop with my dad and brother, frequently coming home with packs to open and bonding over finding some of our favorite players. It’s important to remember that while some cards can be extremely valuable, at the end of the day, the goal should be to have fun, make memories and enjoy your collection.

For others, it’s a business. Whether you want to open up your own local card shop, buy and sell cards on eBay, or be one of those people who wait on line overnight at Target and Walmart hoping to score retail boxes to flip for a profit, with the proper amount of education and knowledge, you can make a lot of money in this space.

However, I can not stress enough how important it is to be educated BEFORE buying or selling anything. If you attempt to enter the hobby without understanding which cards and products sell, why they sell, and how to sell them, you are almost guaranteed to lose money.

The best advice I can give on how to get educated is to read a lot of articles (like this one), follow all of the big sports cards accounts on social media, consume their content daily, and watch the big card breaking pages Instagram live streams. When you are in the streams, ask questions and interact with people. Making friends and connections is key.

When you decide it’s time to start buying and selling, you will make mistakes. Making mistakes on less expensive products is much more palatable than on big ticket items. You need the reps, so you might as well start small and work your way up.

2. What Makes a Baseball Card Valuable?
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

The most important determining factor of how much your cards are worth will come down to condition. There are condition issues that you have complete control over, and others that are totally out of your hands.

To start, it is extremely important that you store your cards properly. This will include first placing your cards in to protective penny sleeves. These will ensure that the surface of the card does not get scratched or damaged. The next step is to place the cards in to a rigid plastic top-loader. Once you have done this, your cards should be fairly well protected from the elements.

However, it is important to note that even if you have your cards stored properly, they often come with condition issues straight from the factory. Some cards will come out of packs with surface scratches, print defects, dinged corners, and they may even be mis-cut and off-centered. In order to have a true mint conditioned card with perfect edges, corners, surface and centering, there is a lot of luck involved.

If you have cards that are well protected and in great shape, the main determining factor of value will come down to getting your cards authenticated and graded, which is a process in which an independent company will assign a score from 1-10 based on how good the condition of your card is. For more on grading, check out this article.

The final determining factor for value is simply supply and demand. What led to the crash of the sports card industry in the 1990s (commonly referred to as the “Junk Wax Era”) was a mass overproduction of cards. Nowadays, many of the most valuable cards are serial numbered, which ensures that supply stays low. Studying the PSA population report to see how many of each grade for any particular card exist will give you an idea of just how rare your card is.

3. How To Find the Value of Your Baseball Cards
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

The two websites that I use to find the value of my cards are eBay and CardLadder. Both are fairly easy to navigate.

To appraise your card on eBay, there are a couple of steps that you must take:

  1. Figure out exactly what card you have: There will often be small print on the back of your card that tells you the manufacturer, what year the card was produced, as well as a set number. In the pic above, you will see that this is a “1985 Topps Mark McGwire #401”. If you type that card in to the search bar on eBay, you will be able to see what people are asking for the card.
  2. Filter your search: If you want to see what the card is actually selling for, all you have to do is filter the results of your search by clicking “sold items” in the “show only” tab. It is important to remember that appraising your card is much easier when it is graded. If your card is raw (ungraded), your best bet would be to zoom in on photos of other raw cards that sold and try to match the condition to that of yours.

CardLadder is an amazing website that will give you all sorts of analytics, PSA population reports, market caps and charts. It is an extremely valuable tool, but they don’t have anywhere near as many cards in their database as eBay does. For a beginner in the hobby, or a person who is just getting back in to it, I would stick with eBay at first. However, as you get more comfortable in the hobby and are buying and selling, they should absolutely be on your radar.

4. Rare Cards to Look Out For
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

You may have seen news over the last 12-18 months about record breaking sales in the sports card hobby. Back in January, the hobby’s most iconic card–the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie–sold for an eye-popping $5,200,000 to entrepreneur Rob Gough. It was one of only six that received a PSA 9 grade, making it one of the finest examples of that card on the planet.

However, news of cards that have been selling for six-figures seems to be dropping weekly, and I wrote this article to keep track of all of the most expensive sales.

If you have ungraded versions of any of the cards on this list, it is important to remember that you must get them graded for them to have a chance of being worth anywhere near what those cards sold for. For instance, a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson PSA 10 is worth $100,000+. A raw, poorly conditioned version of that exact same card sells for as low as $2.25.

5. What Are My Baseball Cards Worth Today?
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. ($110 – $2405)
Current Value (PSA 10) $4,101
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=ken%20griffey%20jr%201989%20upper%20deck
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

You may have noticed that the number of PSA graded cards takes a significant dip as the grades go lower than a PSA 8. That’s due to the fact that it simply isn’t worth it to have a card graded that won’t bring back at least a PSA 8. Check out PSA’s Grading Standards to give you an idea of where your card may grade out and what PSA looks for.

Total Graded by PSA: 74,811

PSA 10: 3,839 ($2405)

PSA 9: 24,533 ($303)

PSA 8: 31,001 ($110)

1990 Topps Tiffany Frank Thomas ($116 – $2552)
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Only 15,000 1990 Topps Tiffany sets were produced, and they were only made available through hobby dealers, making this Frank Thomas card ultra-rare.

Total Graded by PSA: 896

PSA 10: 101 ($2552)

PSA 9: 414 ($352)

PSA 8: 310 ($116)

1985 Donruss Roger Clemens ($26 – $406)
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Although Roger Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball for well over a decade, he is one of the most polarizing athletes in modern history due to his connection to steroids. He has maintained a strong collectors market due to his large market appeal, playing for both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. If Clemens finally makes the Hall of Fame one of these days, this card could see a spike in value. However, the black border on the card makes any damage pop and makes bringing back a PSA 10 very unlikely. 

Total Graded by PSA: 8548

PSA 10: 519 ($406)

PSA 9: 2197 ($61)

PSA 8: 2851 ($26)

1980 Topps Rickey Henderson ($152 – $180,100)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=1980%20Topps%20Rickey%20Henderson
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Only .1 percent of these Rickey Henderson rookie cards grade out to be a PSA 10, making it one of the rarest cards on the market today. There are no sold PSA 10 listings currently on eBay. 

“The blue ink backs and the white gloss front almost highlight corner and edge wear. But even cards that have been locked away untouched in packs or boxes are victims of the factory,” says Beckett Senior Vintage Grader, Andy Broome. “Centering plagues this set when it comes to condition. Whether it is diamond cut cards or just-off side-to-side, finding a card with gem mint or better centering is extremely tough. It’s that perfect storm of condition that is required for a perfect card.”

Total Graded by PSA: 20,866

PSA 10: 24 ($180,100)

PSA 9: 1986 ($6877)

PSA 8: 9680 ($1225)

PSA 7: 5123 ($152)

1993 Topps Gold Derek Jeter ($165 – $5900)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=1993%20Topps%20Gold%20Derek%20Jeter
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Derek Jeter, the “Captain” of the New York Yankees, is about as collectible as they come. A superstar who played his entire career under the big lights of New York City. Jeter was a 14-time All-Star and always seemed to play his best baseball in the most clutch spots on the biggest stage. Combine these facts with a total population of only 379 total PSA 10s, and you can see why the most recent one sold on eBay went for $3,000. However, if you have one of them sitting in a box somewhere, the odds are very low that it will grade out as a PSA 10. 

Total Graded by PSA: 5934

PSA 10: 379 ($5900)

PSA 9: 2923 ($410)

PSA 8: 1985 ($165)

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ($127.50 – $730)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=1992%20Bowman%20Mariano%20Rivera
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

You can copy and paste everything written about Derek Jeter and fill it in for Rivera. The best relief pitcher of all time, doing it on the biggest stage and thriving in the biggest moments. PSA has graded only 6297 of these cards, however, 1398 of them (22 percent) have come back as PSA 10s. This is by far the highest percentage of any of the six cards listed in this article. 

Total Graded by PSA: 6297

PSA 10: 1398 ($730)

PSA 9: 3337 ($188.50)

PSA 8: 1150 ($127.50)

6. What’s Next for The Baseball Card Market?
Getty Images

One of the most fun aspects of collecting baseball cards centers around prospecting and trying to stay ahead of the hobby by buying cards of players that you think will be break out stars.

I recently wrote this list of my favorite ten MLB prospects and why I think their cards are good investments. You will notice in this article that cards have changed dramatically since the 80s and 90s. Most of the valuable modern cards are typically shiny, colorful and sometimes chrome. Some of them come autographed, with serial numbers and all sorts of variations and refractors.

If you are looking to keep things basic, Topps still produces their standard sets without all of the bells and whistles. Their most current basic set is Topps Baseball 2021 Series 1. Panini also makes baseball cards, however, you will notice that they do not have an MLB license to use the team logos or uniforms, making Topps and Bowman the top dogs in the baseball card space.

I realize that we have covered quite a few topics in this article and that it may seem overwhelming at first with so much to learn. However, if you take the time to learn the products and consume enough content, you can get up speed relatively quickly.

If you have any questions, I would be happy to help. Feel free to reach out to @cardtalkpod on instagram or twitter anytime!

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Culture Trading Cards

Baseball Card Guide: How To Tell If Your Baseball Cards Are Worth Money – copy

When I was growing up in the 1980’s, baseball cards were my life. When birthdays were approaching, my parents never asked me what I wanted for my present because they knew what I wanted. Sitting down in my room and tearing open packs was the best part of every birthday. The thrill of the chase, whether I was trying to find a Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck rookie, a Mark McGwire 1985 Topps USA Baseball Team rookie, or later, a Billy Ripken 1991 Fleer card with a 4-letter-word written on the knob of the bat, was about as much fun as a kid could have. The reward for uncovering one of those chase cards felt like millions of dollars to my 8-10 year old self.

As I became a teenager and then a young adult, I stopped collecting. The cards that were my carefully protected, top-loaded treasures were stacked in boxes in a closet in my parent’s house. They sat there throughout college, and then for years after as I moved around from state to state. I didn’t really think about them much, but figured that eventually I would grab them and see if they had any value.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic happened and I had a life changing moment, when I decided to make a $20 purchase, the first card I had bought since my childhood.

You may have a similar story, with boxes of cards sitting in some closet or storage facility that you haven’t looked at in years. You have been seeing all the news reports about the resurgence of the sports card market, but you have no clue if your cards have any value or how to appraise them.

In this article, I will attempt to help you understand the modern day hobby, how to find the value of your cards, and answer some of the questions that I know I needed some clarification and guidance on when I first got back in to the hobby.

1. Why invest in Baseball Cards?
Getty Images

This answer will vary depending on what your goals are.

For me, first and foremost, collecting baseball cards is a hobby and it’s a lot of fun. Some of my best memories as a kid are going to the local card shop with my dad and brother, frequently coming home with packs to open and bonding over finding some of our favorite players. It’s important to remember that while some cards can be extremely valuable, at the end of the goal should be to have fun, make memories and enjoy your collection.

For others, it’s a business. Whether you want to open up your own local card shop, buy and sell cards on eBay, or be one of those people who wait on line overnight at Target and Walmart hoping to score retail boxes to flip for a profit, with the proper amount of education and knowledge, you can make a lot of money in this space.

However, I can not stress enough how important it is to be educated BEFORE buying or selling anything. If you attempt to enter the hobby without understanding which cards and products sell, why they sell, and how to sell them, you are almost guaranteed to lose money.

The best advice I can give on how to get educated is to read a lot of articles (like this one), follow all of the big sports cards accounts on social media, consume their content daily, and watch the big card breaking pages Instagram live streams. When you are in the streams, ask questions and interact with people. Making friends and connections is key.

When you decide it’s time to start buying and selling, you will make mistakes. Making mistakes on less expensive products is much more palatable than on big ticket items. You need the reps, so you might as well start small and work your way up.

2. What Makes a Baseball Card Valuable?
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

The most important determining factor of how much your cards are worth will come down to condition. There are condition issues that you have complete control over, and others that are totally out of your hands.

To start, it is extremely important that you store your cards properly. This will include first placing your cards in to protective penny sleeves. These will ensure that the surface of the card does not get scratched or damaged. The next step is to place the cards in to a rigid plastic top-loader. Once you have done this, your cards should be fairly well protected from the elements.

However, it is important to note that even if you have your cards stored properly, they often come with condition issues straight from the factory. Some cards will come out of packs with surface scratches, print defects, dinged corners, and they may even be mis-cut and off-centered. In order to have a true mint conditioned card with perfect edges, corners, surface and centering, there is a lot of luck involved.

If you have cards that are well protected and in great shape, the main determining factor of value will come down to getting your cards authenticated and graded, which is a process in which an independent company will assign a score from 1-10 based on how good the condition of your card is. For more on grading, check out this article.

The final determining factor for value is simply supply and demand. What led to the crash of the sports card industry in the 1990’s (commonly referred to as the “Junk Wax Era”) was a mass overproduction of cards. Nowadays, many of the most valuable cards are serial numbered, which ensures that supply stays low. Studying the PSA population report to see how many of each grade for any particular card exist will give you an idea of just how rare your card is.

3. How To Find the Value of Your Baseball Cards
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

There two websites that I use to find the value of my cards are eBay and CardLadder. Both are fairly easy to navigate.

To appraise your card on eBay, there are a couple of steps that you must take:

  1. Figure out exactly what card you have: There will often be small print on the back of your card that tells you the manufacturer, what year the card was produced, as well as a set number. In the pic above, you will see that this is a “1985 Topps Mark McGwire #401”. If you type that card in to the search bar on eBay, you will be able to see what people are asking for the card.
  2. Filter your search: If you want to see what the card is actually selling for, all you have to do is filter the results of your search by clicking “sold items” in the “show only” tab. It is important to remember that appraising your card is much easier when it is graded. If your card is raw (ungraded), your best bet would be to zoom in on photos of other raw cards that sold and try to match the condition to that of yours.

CardLadder is an amazing website that will give you all sorts of analytics, PSA population reports, market caps and charts. It is an extremely valuable tool, but they don’t have anywhere near as many cards in their database as eBay does. For a beginner in the hobby, or a person who is just getting back in to it, I would stick with eBay at first. However, as you get more comfortable in the hobby and are buying and selling, they should absolutely be on your radar.

4. Rare Cards to Look Out For
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

You may have seen news over the last 12-18 months about record breaking sales in the sports card hobby. Back in January, the hobby’s most iconic card–the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie–sold for an eye-popping $5,200,000 to entrepreneur Rob Gough. It was one of only six that received a PSA 9 grade, making it one of the finest examples of that card on the planet.

However, news of cards that have been selling for six-figures seems to be dropping weekly, and I wrote this article to keep track of all of the most expensive sales.

If you have ungraded versions of any of the cards on this list, it is important to remember that you must get them graded for them to have a chance of being worth anywhere near what those cards sold for. For instance, a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson PSA 10 is worth $100,000+. A raw, poorly conditioned version of that exact same card sells for as low as $2.25.

5. What Are My Baseball Cards Worth Today?
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. ($110 – $2405)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=ken%20griffey%20jr%201989%20upper%20deck
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

You may have noticed that the number of PSA graded cards takes a significant dip as the grades go lower than a PSA 8. That’s due to the fact that it simply isn’t worth it to have a card graded that won’t bring back at least a PSA 8. Check out PSA’s Grading Standards to give you an idea of where your card may grade out and what PSA looks for.

Total Graded by PSA: 74,811

PSA 10: 3,839 ($2405)

PSA 9: 24,533 ($303)

PSA 8: 31,001 ($110)

1990 Topps Tiffany Frank Thomas ($116 – $2552)
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Only 15,000 1990 Topps Tiffany sets were produced, and they were only made available through hobby dealers, making this Frank Thomas card ultra-rare.

Total Graded by PSA: 896

PSA 10: 101 ($2552)

PSA 9: 414 ($352)

PSA 8: 310 ($116)

1985 Donruss Roger Clemens ($26 – $406)
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Although Roger Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball for well over a decade, he is one of the most polarizing athletes in modern history due to his connection to steroids. He has maintained a strong collectors market due to his large market appeal, playing for both the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. If Clemens finally makes the Hall of Fame one of these days, this card could see a spike in value. However, the black border on the card makes any damage pop and makes bringing back a PSA 10 very unlikely. 

Total Graded by PSA: 8548

PSA 10: 519 ($406)

PSA 9: 2197 ($61)

PSA 8: 2851 ($26)

1980 Topps Rickey Henderson ($152 – $180,100)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=1980%20Topps%20Rickey%20Henderson
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Only .1 percent of these Rickey Henderson rookie cards grade out to be a PSA 10, making it one of the rarest cards on the market today. There are no sold PSA 10 listings currently on eBay. 

“The blue ink backs and the white gloss front almost highlight corner and edge wear. But even cards that have been locked away untouched in packs or boxes are victims of the factory,” says Beckett Senior Vintage Grader, Andy Broome. “Centering plagues this set when it comes to condition. Whether it is diamond cut cards or just-off side-to-side, finding a card with gem mint or better centering is extremely tough. It’s that perfect storm of condition that is required for a perfect card.”

Total Graded by PSA: 20,866

PSA 10: 24 ($180,100)

PSA 9: 1986 ($6877)

PSA 8: 9680 ($1225)

PSA 7: 5123 ($152)

1993 Topps Gold Derek Jeter ($165 – $5900)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=1993%20Topps%20Gold%20Derek%20Jeter
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

Derek Jeter, the “Captain” of the New York Yankees, is about as collectible as they come. A superstar who played his entire career under the big lights of New York City. Jeter was a 14-time All-Star and always seemed to play his best baseball in the most clutch spots on the biggest stage. Combine these facts with a total population of only 379 total PSA 10’s, and you can see why the most recent one sold on eBay went for $3,000. However, if you have one of them sitting in a box somewhere, the odds are very long that it will grade out as a PSA 10. 

Total Graded by PSA: 5934

PSA 10: 379 ($5900)

PSA 9: 2923 ($410)

PSA 8: 1985 ($165)

1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ($127.50 – $730)
https://www.cardladder.com/search?q=1992%20Bowman%20Mariano%20Rivera
Jason Koeppel // ONE37pm

You can copy and paste everything written about Derek Jeter and fill it in for Rivera. The best relief pitcher of all time, doing it on the biggest stage and thriving in the biggest moments. PSA has graded only 6297 of these cards, however, 1398 of them (22 percent) have come back as PSA 10’s. This is by far the highest percentage of any of the six cards listed in this article. 

Total Graded by PSA: 6297

PSA 10: 1398 ($730)

PSA 9: 3337 ($188.50)

PSA 8: 1150 ($127.50)

6. What’s Next for The Baseball Card Market?
Getty Images

One of the most fun aspects of collecting baseball cards centers around prospecting and trying to stay ahead of the hobby by buying cards of players that you think will be break out stars.

I recently wrote this list of my favorite ten MLB prospects and why I think their cards are good investments. You will notice in this article that cards have changed dramatically since the 80’s and 90’s. Most of the valuable modern cards are typically shiny, colorful and sometimes chrome. Some of them come autographed, with serial numbers and all sorts of variations and refractors.

If you are looking to keep things basic, Topps still produces their standard sets without all of the bells and whistles. Their most current basic set is Topps Baseball 2021 Series 1. Panini also makes baseball cards, however, you will notice that they do not have an MLB license to use the team logos or uniforms, making Topps and Bowman the top dogs in the baseball card space.

I realize that we have covered quite a few topics in this article and that it may seem overwhelming at first with so much to learn. However, if you take the time to learn the products and consume enough content, you can get up speed relatively quickly.

If you have any questions, I would be happy to help. Feel free to reach out to jason.koeppel@one37pm.com anytime!

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Consoles Gaming

The Biggest Games Releasing in May 2021

This year sure is moving fast, isn’t it? We could’ve sworn it was February about a week ago (shout to Bobby Shmurda!). The summer is rapidly approaching and all, but there’s a bunch of big games to play before Hot Girl/Boy Summer officially kicks in. For the month of May, gamers can look forward to exploring a village full of morbid creatures, competing with rugged outlaws in a bid to steal some treasure, and revisiting a sci-fi RPG that sports several welcome upgrades for the last- & current-gen consoles.

Resident Evil Village – May 7 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam, Google Stadia)

Ethan Winters went through hell and back during his horrifying trek through a creepy plantation in Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. After saving his wife and escaping all the horrors that existed there, Ethan enjoyed a newfound life with her and their first baby. However, their peaceful existence gets disrupted when former friend Chris Redfield invades their home. After that traumatic event, Ethan is forced to venture through a village filled with Lycans, bloodthirsty sisters that can turn into flies, and a massive vampire lady that’s all too ready to sap your life force dry. Resident Evil Village takes the series back to a first-person viewpoint so you can experience a wealth of new beasts in terrifying locales up close.

Hood: Outlaws & Legends – May 10 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

One of the few new IPs that’s set to hit consoles this year comes from publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Sumo Newcastle. Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a multiplayer-focused endeavor that pits two teams against each other in a bid to steal some lofty treasure first. Players will get to choose from a roster of uniquely talented legends that have the skills needed to push their team to victory. Careful character coordination is needed amongst you and your teammates during intense matches that devolve into plenty of bloodletting and narrow escapes. Hood: Outlaws & Legends looks to be the next multiplayer addiction you’ll definitely want to tap into.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition – May 14 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Bioware’s magnum opus is undoubtedly the Mass Effect series. Fans of the sci-fi, action RPG franchise walk around sporting N7 tattoos and hitting up conventions in their finest Commander Shepard cosplay. The first three games in the series are considered legendary, so it’s no surprise that each title is finally getting the remastered treatment. Mass Effect Legendary Edition spruces up the visuals in a major way and makes a multitude of quality of life adjustments that makes the gameplay infinitely better than the original games. You’ll be happy to know that driving the M35 Mako will be less of a chore now that it controls even better. Package that with improved combat mechanics & loading times and you have a remastered collection that’s certainly a must-have.

Biomutant – May 25 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

An official release date for this unorthodox action RPG has alluded curious gamers for a long time – Biomutant was first revealed in 2017, so it’s definitely been in the works for a good while now. But after years of development work and a few developer updates here & there, Biomutant is finally getting ready to drop into gamers’ laps. For those not in the know, this brand new IP gives players command over a mammalian warrior that must navigate a world packed with rival mutated animals. There’s a ton of factors that go into determining your custom character’s stats, so you’ll need to develop them carefully so you can survive Biomutant’s dangerous enemy encounters. Your karma also plays a huge part in how everyone responds to you in Biomutant’s vast world, so tread lightly or enact mayhem if you so choose.

Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster – May 25 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

One of the most grueling JRPGs on the PS2 is this demon-filled classic. Now that game is finally making its way over to three more consoles in remastered form. The visuals have gotten spruced up, the option to listen to either Japanese or English voices has been implemented, and an easier difficulty mode & the ability to save whenever you please helps ease the pain that comes with trying to complete this gem. For those that are fine with confronting the original high challenge factor that comes with this JRPG, you’re free to tackle it if you so choose. First-time players and veterans alike should prepare themselves for a whole lot of clashes with demons and conversations that may result in bringing them over to your side.

Console Ports

RWBY: Grimm Eclipse – Definitive Edition – May 13 (Nintendo Switch)

Subnautica – May 14 (Nintendo Switch)

Days Gone – May 18 (PC – Steam)

Rust – May 21 (PS4, Xbox One)

Capcom Arcade Stadium – May 25 (PS4, Xbox One, PC – Steam)

Final Fantasy XIV – May 25 (PS5)

Saints Row: The Third Remastered – May 25 (PS5, Xbox Series X|S)

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries – May 27 (Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One)

Super Bomberman R Online – May 27 (PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC – Steam)

World’s End Club – May 28 (Nintendo Switch)

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Culture News

This Week in Comic Collecting: “I’m Captain America”

I just don’t know what it is about the MCU that really brings the fan out of this cold blooded investor’s heart. Whether it was Sam’s declaration of his new title, making me audibly shout “Let’s Go!” in my apartment at 3 am, the poignant speech Cap gave the world leaders about the power of perspective that made me want to see a Captain America like that in our real world, or the swelling of emotion that culminated in the scene with Isiah Bradley at the museum (no, you’re crying!) finally getting some much deserved recognition as an American hero, it all just got me. The best part is, just a few hours after the show was live on streaming, reports hit mainstream media about a Captain America 4 feature film with Sam Wilson at the helm. That is one film I will be stoked to see.

I thought this may be a good time to look at the performance of some key books that I previously highlighted in my March 12th column and see how they performed. The chart below shows six key books previously mentioned and their trading performance.

Jack DeMayo

The results aren’t truly surprising when you really go back and look at the show. Maybe the most surprising is the lack of movement of Captain America #6 (2005) in 9.8. This I would attribute to two main factors. The first: there was a big run up on this book in the months before the series hit Disney+ with prices near doubling already. Second, and importantly, while the series was called Falcon and Winter Soldier, the story focus was really on Sam Wilson and John Walker. 

The short term results showed as much with Sam’s 1st appearance raising $550 in an 8.0 and his 1st as Cap jumping from $350 to $550 in just 6 weeks. Meanwhile the play may have been raw Captain America #25’s (2012) as they showed a 3x return. 

Zemo had his moments, including an epic viral dance video, but fans were left wanting more. A moderate 25% gain is respectable and most expect we will see Zemo again in some form or another. Speculation surrounds him joining a popular comic book faction with either The Thunderbolts or The Dark Avengers. 

Finally, one of the most hated MCU characters in memory, John Walker, saw excellent returns during the series. While his 1st as Captain America in Captain America #323 only made a small jump, this is to be expected as any comic fan knew his turn with the mantle would be brief. The best exit strategy would have been to sell during Episode #1-3 before he lost the title. The series concluded with John Walker exclaiming “I’m back!” as he donned his new suit and moniker: US Agent. Novice comic fans may not have realized that exclamation mirrored the one on the cover of Captain America #354, the 1st John Walker as US Agent appearance. With Walker seemingly a new fixture in the MCU as US Agent, buyers have been grabbing this one with anticipation of continued returns. Either way, if you bought in on 3/12 you have seen the value of your #354 stash double in price.

Something is Killing the Children Update
Something is Killing the Children #1 / Boom! Studios

Last week, the feature of this column was indie sensation Something Is Killing The Children and my speculation that the IP is destined to be a monster (no pun intended) television series whenever it goes that route. While we have no confirmation, the popular comic book market app Key Collector reports that inside sources tell them that the property has been optioned for a television series. When a ” Key Alert” is sent out by the App, breaking news hits tens of thousands of phones instantly. 

This sparked excitement in the market among investors as well as some doubt amongst the detractors as these reports are unsubstantiated at this time. It’s important to note though that the Key Collector App has reported info early in the past and my gut tells me this info is solid. As I mentioned last week, the book was $650 in a 9.8 the first time we talked about this IP here and $900 last week. This week we have seen the floor raise to $995 and a couple of sales in the $1100 range. That small gain just from an unconfirmed report as well as the heat behind the recently released (this past Wednesday) 8th print tells me we are in for a major return when an official announcement inevitably hits.

Netflix Is All In on Comic Book IP
Jupiter’s Legacy #1 / Image Comics

While the publisher of Something Is Killing The Children, Boom! Studios, has a first look deal with Netflix, which could see the IP land there, the streamer is not banking on any one comic book IP to find success in the space and instead readying several for release. The last few years have seen Netflix adapt Dark Horse’s Umbrella Academy, IDW’s Locke and Key, October Faction, and V-Wars, Image’s Old Guard, Oni Press’ Ciudad, better known to Netflix users as Extraction. We also already know Netflix is set to develop Masters of The Universe with Dark Horse and Kevin Smith, in addition to Brzrkr with Boom! and Keanu Reeves.

All of that and we have two more comic book IPs that have Netflix series trailers on the market making a buzz. The first is from Image Comics and creator Mark Millar. Millar has had the Hollywood touch with several of his properties like Kingsman, Wanted, and Kick Ass being past successes. Now Millar has sold the majority stake in his publishing company Millarwarld to the streamer and together they are set to release both new comics and develop series from the old ones—and new as well I would presume.

Millar’s next big release will be Jupiter’s Legacy, which debuts May 7th. The Josh Duhamel led show looks promising and will really be the litmus test for this relationship going forward. Copies of issue #1 in a 9.8 can be had for $200 with the occasional copy going far lower. The 1:25 incentive is a great option right now while being short printed is only trading for $250 in a 9.8. You never know how these indie series will be received by the mainstream, but The Boys and Invincible tell me that the market is currently receptive to super hero stories outside the Big 2. 

Sweet Tooth #1 / DC / Vertigo Comics

Finally, from DC Comics beloved but now defunct Vertigo imprint comes Sweet Tooth from creator Jeff Lemire. The show just debuted a trailer this week and the Robert Downey Jr. produced show had seen series buzz in the industry. Lemire is a master storyteller with a lot of IP with Hollywood potential so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Sweet Tooth #1 is selling for $400 in a 9.8 to date with the last copy selling for $545 as soon as the trailer dropped. This is one book I will be keeping my eye on as there truly isn’t a plethora on the market at this time and it wouldn’t take much for this one to run up in price. 

I hope you are getting some value and adding some great pieces to your alternative investment portfolio as well as some great comics to your personal collections. Join me next week when we look for more opportunity for ROI in the comic market. 

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Sports Strength

Meet Christian Pulisic, Chelsea’s Creative Winger

Being one of the most high-profile American footballers ever has brought on massive expectations for Christian Pulisic, but the U.S. Men’s National Team star is shouldering the weight with great confidence and grace,

Pulisic and Chelsea are currently in the midst of a tremendous turnaround in 2021 after struggling at times over the first half of the season. 

The USMNT attacker has fought his way into Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI and is now in prime position to help his squad reach the UEFA Champions League final with a result against Real Madrid next week.

His recent goal against Los Blancos proved critical for Chelsea, who now boast an important away goal heading into the second leg of their meeting.

Ups and downs define young players, and at only 22 years old Pulisic has already endured his fair share of triumphs but is succeeding in spite of the bumps in the road.

History of Pulisic

Americans have gotten their hopes up about teen prodigies in the past, and the amount of pressure put on Pulisic has been unlike anything U.S. futbol has seen since the early days of Freddy Adu’s career.

Pulisic comes from a football background, with both his parents have played at a high level. That includes his father, Mark, who played competitive indoor futbol with the Harrisburg Heat back in the 1990s.

While living in England for a year at the age of 7, Pulisic had the opportunity to train with Brackley Town’s academy, a club involved in the country’s sixth-tier of football. When Pulisic came back to the U.S. the following year he became further immersed in the game.

Growing up in Pennsylvania, The 22-year-old had the chance to play for top U.S. Development Academy club PA Classics for the better part of seven years.

That’s when Borussia Dortmund came calling in early 2015. After first earning a shot with the German giants at the Under-17 level, Pulisic quickly outgrew the squad after shining with the team during their season. 

He scored 10 goals and assisted on eight more over the course of 15 games, and that’s when former Dortmund boss and Pulisic’s current manager Tuchel recognized Pulisic was in need of first-team minutes.

Nearly four seasons with Dortmund helped Pulisic garner even greater recognition from top Premier League sides like Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea. He would ultimately land with the Blues in 2019 after the London side paid the largest transfer fee in football history for an American player. Pulisic became the second USMNT player in Premier League history to record a hat-trick, with Clint Dempsey previously being the other American.

Style of Play

When Chelsea brought in Pulisic there were enormous expectations for the American to fill the void left by Eden Hazard. In a lot of ways they are similar, minus Pulisic’s height advantage in comparison to the Belgium international.

Pulisic’s style is reliant on his quick pace, ability to dart into open space and past defenders on a regular basis. He’s not flashy with skills, but also doesn’t need to be because of his tremendous ball control and knack for picking out teammates going forward.

In Chelsea’s Champions League quarter final against Porto, Pulisic suffered the most fouls in almost a decade because of the Portuguese side’s awareness of how dangerous the USMNT winger can be. Again, very similar to Hazard at his best during his Chelsea days.

While the goal scoring production isn’t quite at the level of Hazard or some of Chelsea’ previous attacking threats just yet, Pulisic is improving regularly and there’s no question that his recent form will propel him to another level in the final third.

What the Future Holds

When Pulisic is able to stay on the pitch he’s an absolute nightmare for opponents, and there’s no doubt that his ceiling is similar to that of Hazard during his Chelsea days. 

The one reason for skepticism has been the injuries Pulisic has suffered early in his career, including a number of muscular ones. His recent form has silenced the doubters though, especially after rumors began swirling about a potential exit from Stamford Bridge when Pulisic wasn’t included in Tuchel’s side for some time.

He’s won his job back and doesn’t appear willing to give it up. That’s the sign of a competitor and one that has massive ambitions for himself and his country. It starts with the Champions League and FA Cup, where Chelsea are in prime position to pull off a double.

Pulisic has a huge summer ahead, followed by a 2022 that could see the USMNT back at the World Cup after missing the previous edition in Russia. 

There will be a significant weight for Pulisic and his teammates to carry with this U.S. team dubbed one of the most talented in the country’s history on the men’s side. 

With Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Sergino Dest among the other star players featuring alongside Pulisic, every American is hoping this group can accomplish something no other American men’s team has done before; win a World Cup.

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Sneakers Style

5 Weekend Sneakers To Watch Out For

Well, this was an eventful week of Ls for a lot of us. Luckily we have a few more opportunities to snag some more pickups. Usually, on weeks like this where the biggest drops happen earlier in the week (like Monday through Wednesday), I like to showcase some of the ‘quieter’ sneakers that aren’t making a ton of noise in the sneaker community, and this is exactly what I am going to do this time around as there isn’t anything super major on the calendar except for the Jordan 13s and the new Lebrons. So without further ado, these are my five selections that you should consider checking out over the weekend.

1. Nike Lebron 18 ‘Lebronold Palmer’
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Nike Lebron 18 ‘Lebronold Palmer’

Release Date: 4/30

The ‘Lebronold Palmer’ is back y’all! Maybe it’s my own imagination, but I have always been able to see how these shoes look like a lemonade/iced tea blend, and I imagine the tropical vibes take the whole fit to another level. I actually don’t own a pair of Lebrons, and as a lifelong Lebron fan, I’m kinda embarrassed. Maybe I’ll start with these. This iteration of the 18s features a similar tropical colorway and is a great spring/summer transition sneaker that can be paired with a lot in your closet. Y’all plan on getting these?

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2. Air Jordan 13
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Air Jordan 13

Release Date: 5/01

Is it truly a Saturday morning without the chaos of SNKRs? One of these days, we will all admit that we enjoy the madness of SNKR drops, but until then, we’ll just keep pretending like this isn’t a toxic relationship we’re all a part of. That said, there is a new iteration of AJ13’s dropping tomorrow morning in a Red Flint colorway if y’all are interested in another pickup.

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3. Travis Scott X Air Jordan 6 British Khaki
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Travis Scott X Air Jordan 6 British Khaki

Release Date 4/30

I originally wasn’t going to put these on here, but I suppose somebody will be lucky enough to get a pair. The current retail price is set at $250, but I think we all know good and well that only a few individuals are actually going to get this shoe for that price. This is a beautiful sneaker, though, with its cargo/military theme. Plus, the upper is suede, and I’m a firm believer that suede can really elevate a shoe to the next level.

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4. Nike Air More Uptempo Sky Blue
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Nike Air More Uptempo Sky Blue

Release Date: 5/1

Okay, I’m officially sold on the Uptempos. The huge lettering has always been a hard selling point for me, but I’m giving in. The color combination on this one is literally perfect with the sky blue mixture and cloud white. It literally reminds me of flying through the clouds, and I guess that is exactly what Nike was going for. I personally think that there are a lot of great looks that can be styled with these shoes as the color is still on the neutral side. I may try for these.

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5. Nike Air Foamposite One All-Star 2021
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Nike Air Foamposite One All-Star 2021

Release Date: 4/30

I had a hard time trying to figure out what I wanted my final entry for this week to be. It was between the Overkill x Adidas collab and these. I decided to go with the Foams because I don’t think I have ever included a foam release on my roundups, and I wanted to change that. Now I must admit that these aren’t the most groundbreaking Foams that I’ve seen, but they are still dope. The black upper and the green outsole are a good contrast, and I think this is another versatile shoe that can be paired with just about anything. It would have been nice if these had actually come out for the all-star weekend, but I digress.

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Well, that’s going to do it for this week. As usual, I’ll be back next week with five more weekend drops. In the meantime I’ve added to my collection, so keep up with me on the gram and twitter!

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NFT Sports

DeVonta Smith’s NFTs Offer Unprecedented Access, According to Jack Settleman

When DeVonta Smith’s name is called during the NFL draft, history will be made. Smith plans on minting that moment of him getting drafted and selling it. It is just another addition to this incredible NFT wave. 

This will be part of a series of NFTs that Smith intends on dropping. The series includes highlights from college, digital art pieces featuring his Heisman Trophy, and digital cards capturing iconic moments of him during college.

Smith was a standout wide receiver at Alabama. Last season, he reeled in 117 catches and found the endzone on 23 different occasions. He led the NCAA in both catches and touchdowns scored.

When Alabama defeated Ohio State in the National Championship, Smith was voted MVP. In the first half alone, he had three touchdowns and 215 yards.

But Smith’s involvement in the NFT world won’t stop on draft day. The Heisman Trophy winner plans on engaging with his fans by creating “Smitty Coins.” Fans will be able to use those coins in a variety of unique ways to get exclusive access to Smith. 

Here are the things you can do with “Smitty Coins”: 

  • Play video games with Smith
  • Facetime with him 
  • Dinner
  • MNF Watch Party
  • Go to a game and meet with him on the field 
  • Signed gear and memorabilia 

Previously in these blogs, I have talked about all of the celebrities trying to capitalize on this wave. However, some of their efforts have fallen short and been clear cash grabs. With Smith, though, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Smith appears to understand the NFT community and wants to provide utility to any of the buyers of his products. From what we know, he is entering the space in the right way. Smith’s focus seems to be in the long-term and not as a short-term way to make a quick buck.

Hallelujah.