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The Top 10 Horror Movie Trading Cards to Look Out For on eBay

Nothing sets the Halloween mood quite like turning down the lights, turning on a great horror movie, digging your hands into a bowl full of candy and trying not to close your eyes!

Some of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema come out of the horror movie genre. Names like Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees. Michael Myers. Chucky. If you’re into sports cards, you know it’s the legends that generate the most interest in the market. However, unlike athletes, it can be difficult to find the rookie cards of these movie character legends.

This list below focuses on some of the top horror movie franchises, as well as where you might be able to find the best cards of your favorite fictional slashers.

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street – 1991 Impel
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A Nightmare on Elm Street is easily one of the greatest horror films of all time, with six sequels, a television series and countless merchandise and mainstream popular culture references since its release in 1984. This franchise elevated New Line Cinema from simply being in the business of film distribution to an extremely successful studio. It was even nicknamed “The House That Freddy Built.”

In 1991, Impel was producing trading cards for seemingly everything from Marvel Universe and Nintendo Mario Bros. to Terminator 2, and everything in between. These were the first stand-alone Nightmare on Elm Street cards, although Freddy Krueger’s rookie card can be found in the 1988 Topps Fright Flicks set below.

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2. 1988 Topps Fright Flicks
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This set features a mix of 15 different horror movie franchises from the 1980s including:

  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Day of the Dead
  • The Fly
  • Fright Night
  • Ghostbusters
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 1, 2 & 3
  • Poltergeist 1 & 2
  • Predator
  • Pumpkinhead
  • Vengeance of the Demon

The box artwork features an image of Freddy Krueger saying “Hi ‘ya kids…wanna see something gross?” to set the tone for these fun, yet dark collectibles.

These are still the only cards on the market for the original Ghostbusters, Predator and Poltergeist, but a good portion of the checklist is from the first three Nightmare on Elm Street movies, which was by far the most popular of the group when these were released.  

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3. Friday the 13th “Jason Goes to Hell” – 1993 Eclipse
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Have you ever been to summer camp, or even just gone camping, and at one point throughout the night not thought about Friday the 13ths Camp Crystal Lake? To steal a line from Jay-Z, Jason made the hockey mask more famous than a hockey player can.

The iconic machete-wielding Jason Voorhees has only one true rookie card and it came inside this 1993 “Jason Goes to Hell” set, which was produced by Eclipse. This 110-card base set also included one promo card, but no inserts or any bells and whistles. 

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4. Child’s Play “Good Guys” – Fright Rags
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Hi, I’m Chucky…wanna play?! 

The Child’s Play franchise centers around Chucky, a “Good Guys” doll that comes alive after having the soul of a serial killer transferred into him during a voodoo ritual. The only way to get his soul out of the doll is to transfer it to the first person he told his secret: a child named Andy whose mother purchased Chucky from a homeless man after failing to find one in time for Christmas. 

The franchise has generated over $250 million, with six movie sequels as well as a new television series that kicked off on October 12, 2021 named Chucky.

These cards were another set put out by Fright Rags in 2019 and featured 77 base cards, two art parallel cards, two stickers, one checklist and one rainbow foil card. 

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5. Halloween – Fright Rags
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The Halloween franchise has grossed over $640 million at the box office, ranking first among all horror movie franchises in America. There are twelve films, comic books, video games and all kinds of assorted merchandise based on the movies. The newest sequel Halloween Kills is currently in theaters.

These films feature slasher Michael Myers, who was committed as a child for murdering his sister. He later escapes to stalk and kill people in his hometown on Halloween.

Fright Rags released this set in 2017, offering Halloween sketch cards, autograph cards and printing plates in their “Sealed Box” option. There were (50) Nick Castle (the actor who played Michael Myers) autograph cards that were randomly inserted into the boxes.

These cards are extremely rare and sealed boxes are almost impossible to find.

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6. Saw (Limited Wax Packs) – Fright Rags
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“Do you wanna play a game?” 

The Saw franchise might be the creepiest of all on the list, simply because while the rest of the villains were monsters, killer dolls, sharks, etc., Jigsaw was just a demented serial killer. It seemed way more real—and that terrified audiences everywhere.

This small 20-card set (18 cards and two stickers) is extremely rare and difficult to find. 

“When we set out to offer trading cards, they were meant to be a nod back to the cheesy nostalgic wax packs, not premium foil cards that you find today,” said Liz Runswick of Fright Rags. “We wanted to release sets for some titles that had never previously had a set back in the day. All of them have been a labor of love, so we can proudly say we are fans creating items we want to own ourselves for our personal collections.”

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7. Texas Chainsaw Massacre – 1974 French Lobby Cards
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These cards were produced and distributed by the studio to be displayed inside theaters to promote the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie. 

While these aren’t your typical trading cards, the fact that they exist in such fantastic condition almost 50 years later made them too cool to not include in the list. This has to be considered Leatherface’s rookie card!

The images are absolutely terrifying, especially considering how controversial the movie was at the time, having been banned in several countries and many theaters refusing to show it due to its extreme violence. 

The franchise has since seen comic books, playing cards and video games bearing its name—but as far as I can tell—these are the closest thing to trading cards currently out on the market.  That said, they are extremely difficult to find so if you see them, you better scoop them up fast!

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8. Alien – 1979 Topps
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The exterior of the box displays the bright yellow Alien logo/type treatment as well as the movie’s tagline “In space no one can hear you scream.”

This film was way ahead of its time—it won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects—and that made for some really creepy looking imagery on the cards. 

This set features a mix of cards and stickers, with each pack also including a stick of Topps’ famous gum. You can find boxes of these cards fairly easily on eBay.

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9. Jaws 2 – 1978 Topps
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… 

Who can forget Jaws, the great white shark that terrorized Amity Island and moviegoers around the world? Jaws 2 is still one of the highest grossing sequels in history, and was the most expensive movie ever produced by Universal at the time, costing the studio $30 million.

These cards were just one of the litany of Jaws 2 promotional items that also included Coca-Cola paper cups, beach towels, shark tooth necklaces, and even a Marvel comic book adaptation of the movie. 

The third movie in this franchise, Jaws 3D, also had its own trading card set from Topps.

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10. Hellraiser – 1992 Eclipse
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If you’re a Hellraiser fan and want to get your hands on a Pinhead rookie card, this is the set where you can find it!

This 110-card base set features images of Hellraiser, Hellraiser II and Hellraiser III. Fans of this franchise can also go on the hunt for some rare inserts that include a Clive Barker auto card (only 50 were produced) as well as gold and silver Pinhead holos

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The Top 25 Most Expensive Hockey Cards Ever Sold

We are about one week into the 2021–22 NHL season and there is a lot of excitement about what Turner’s new TV deal to air games can do for the sport. We also witnessed a record sale for a hockey card with the 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie selling for $3.75 million, tied for 7th on the top-10 most expensive sports cards ever sold. 

Ice Hockey isn’t as popular as sports like Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, and American Football, but from 2008–2020, the Stanley Cup finals averaged 2.15 million viewers per game. In 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen some big money spent on hockey cards and in this list, we are going to look at the top 25 most expensive hockey cards ever sold. 

Note: There are some cards that have sold multiple times in the past year (some within a week or two of each other), but in order to diversify the list, the key sales were included, while removing the rest. For example, Wayne Gretzky’s 1979 Topps PSA 9 was sold 17 times in the past 12 months and all 17 of those sales would qualify for this list based on their sale prices. I’ve included record sales while avoiding follow-on sales that were close in value and would be redundant. Also, this list does not include auctions in progress (for example, Alex Ovechkin’s rookie patch auto card is currently at a bid of $48,000 with 5 days left at Goldin Auctions). 

1. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base #18 PSA 10 — $3.75 million
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Wayne Gretzky was nicknamed “The Great One” and is considered to be the best hockey player of all time. He won 4 Stanley Cups and holds numerous records that will likely stay unbroken for a long, long time. Possibly forever. 

His rookie O-Pee-Chee card has been graded 7,298 times by PSA and only 2 copies have ever received a PSA 10 grade. It’s no surprise that this card tops our list (and will be seen again in this list from previous sales and lower graded copies setting records). Heritage Auctions privately sold the card this past May for $3.75 million. 

Back in April of 2011, the card sold for $94,160. In just about 10 years, the card increased in value by 3,882% and saw a rapid increase in value over the past 12 months. 

2. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base #18 PSA 10 — $1.29 million
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Last December, Heritage Auctions sold a PSA 10 copy of Wayne Gretzky’s rookie O-Pee-Chee card for $1.29 million. At the time, it was the first hockey card to break $1 million and was the most expensive hockey card ever sold. 

Back in August of 2016, the card sold for $465,000. In less than 5 years, the card grew 177% in value. There were just two documented sales of the card leading up to the December 9th, 2020 sale that broke a record and the scarcity of this card is a significant contributing factor to its value. It doesn’t come up for sale often and with just 2 copies, when one does, it’s a rare chance for those who can afford it to make a serious bid to own it. 

3. Wayne Gretzky 1979 Topps Base #18 PSA 10 — $720,000
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Just 1 day after the record $1.29 million O-Pee-Chee rookie card sale, a 1979 Gretzky Topps PSA 10 sold for $720,000. This card looks identical to the O-Pee-Chee version and it also has a population of just 2 graded in PSA 10 condition. 

So, why would the O-Pee-Chee sell for 79% more than the Topps version with the same supply just one day earlier? 

There may be a few reasons (but it does not mean the market won’t change its mind in the future). Ultimately, true rookies are determined by the opinions of the market (sellers and buyers) but the difference in value starts with the fact that O-Pee-Chee was a Canadian candy company. O-Pee-Chee entered an agreement with Topps and produced trading card sets dating back to the 1930s until the business was sold to Nestlé in 1996. 

Gretzky was born in Canada and some argue this alone warrants the O-Pee-Chee the edge in defining his “true” rookie card. 

There are also slight differences on the back of the card, including some French translations on the back of the O-Pee-Chee card (pictured left):

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The difference between the two sales was $591,000 and while details like being produced by a Canadian candy company with French language on the back, and a lower population of PSA 9 copies (90 for O-Pee-Chee and 127 for Topps) indicating a harder chance at getting a quality copy of the O-Pee-Chee version of the card, may seem minor, the market has clearly put a premium on them. 

4. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base #18 PSA 10 — $465,000 (2016)
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2016 may seem like it was a century ago in the sports card market, but it still stands as a year when one of the most expensive hockey cards of all time sold. We’ve seen just how much this card has grown in value since then but was still important to include it on this list to show how revered Gretzky is in the sports card community. 

For reference, the population 7 Tom Brady Championship Ticket Autograph /100 BGS 9, which last sold for $3.11 million in June, sold for just $24,330 in 2016 (after he won 4 Super Bowls). The population 171 2003 LeBron James Topps Chrome Rookie Refractor PSA 10 (which last sold for $82,410) was selling for just $1,511(after he won 3 championships). Lastly, the population 319 Michael Jordan Fleer 1986 PSA 10 (which last sold for $344,400) was selling for $28,000. 

The market for modern legends was much smaller in 2016 and this sale of $465,000 significantly higher than what other players’ key rookie cards were commanding during the same time period. 

5. Connor McDavid 2015 Upper Deck The Cup Rookie Autograph Patch /99 #97 PSA 9 — $135,811
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Connor McDavid is just 24 years old but has already won MVP twice and has 576 career points and 195 goals in just 408 games played. He’s yet to win a Stanley Cup but has played in 21 playoff games. He’s a rising star with plenty of time left in his career. His 2015 Upper Deck The Cup Rookie Patch Autograph PSA 9 also set a record as the most expensive modern hockey rookie card ever sold when Leland Auctions sold the card for $135,810 in June of 2020. Also of note, the card was numbered 97/99, and McDavid wears #97, adding to the uniqueness and value of this particular card.  

The card has a population of just 3 copies in a PSA 9 grade and hasn’t recorded a sale since. You can watch the video of the card being pulled from a live break here

6. Wayne Gretzky 1979 Topps Base #18 PSA 9 — $93,480
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This past February, Goldin Auctions sold a PSA 9 Gretzky Topps rookie card for $93,480. The card has a population of 127 (significantly higher than its PSA 10 counterpart). Just one day after the all-time high sale for the card, a PSA 9 copy was sold for $64,999 on eBay. 

7. Wayne Gretzky 1979 Topps Base #18 PSA 9 — $81,180
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Just 1 month after selling a PSA 9 copy of this card for $93,480, Goldin Auction sold a second copy for $81,180, a drop of 13% in value. The card was sold again for the exact same price just a few months later in May. 

In the past year, this card has been sold 17 times at an average price of $56,100. According to Cardladder, the card has grown 3,430% in value since March 2004. As noted in the introduction, all 17 of those sales would qualify for this list given their values at the time of sale. 

These two sales and the previous entry represent the 3 highest sales for the PSA 9 copy of this card, while the other 14 sales have been excluded from this list. We love Gretzky, but want to give the full diverse picture of cards that have been setting records over the past few years! 

8. Sidney Crosby 2005 Upper Deck The Cup Rookie Patch Auto /99 #180 BGS 9.5 — $80,287
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Sidney Crosby is a 3-time Stanley Cup winner and has played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s still an active player and has been nicknamed “The Next One”. He’s been voted the MVP of the Penguins 9 times and is 3rd all-time for the most point-per-game seasons in the NHL (Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky are the only players ahead of him in that category). He also won his first NHL MVP when he was still a teenager.

Crosby’s “The Cup” rookie patch auto card (numbered to just 99 copies) was sold via eBay on 2/26/2019 for $80,287.

9. Mario Lemieux 1985 O-Pee-Chee Base #9 PSA 10 — $80,100
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Mario Lemieux played 17 seasons in the NHL all with the Pittsburgh Penguins before becoming the owner of the franchise after purchasing the team in 1999. Lemieux won 2 Stanley Cups with the Penguins, won 3 MVP awards, and finished his career with 1,723 points. He ranks 8th in scoring all-time, even though he played less than 1,000 games.

Like Gretzky, Lemieux has both O-Pee-Chee and Topps rookie cards that look identical, but the O-Pee-Chee commands more value. This card has a population of 48 and was last sold on 9/18/21 for $52,800.

The card sold for $80,100 in January of this year, followed by two sales of $78,000 and $75,000 in the first week of February before dipping to $55,900 in March. This card has been sold 11 times in the past 12 months at an average price of $57,920. Similar to Gretzky cards with multiple record sales, the 9 sales after this record price have been excluded from this list. 

10. Connor McDavid 2015 Upper Deck The Cup Rookie Autograph Patch /99 #97 PSA 10 — $75,030
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Just two months after the record sale of a PSA 9 copy of this card, Goldin Auctions sold a PSA 10 (which also has a population of 3) for $75,030, representing a 44% drop in value for a card in a higher grade. 

The patches on both cards feature 3 colors and the autographs look to be comparable, so perhaps the market cooled in those two months, but it doesn’t change the fact that this was still a significant sale for a modern NHL rookie card. 

11. Maurice Richard 1951 Parkhurst Base #4 PSA 8.5— $75,000
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Maurice Richard, nicknamed “The Rocket” played for the Montreal Canadiens and was known for his goal-scoring abilities. He was the first NHL player to hit the 500 career goal mark (finishing with 544), won 8 Stanley Cups, and earned the MVP award in 1947. He was a 14-time NHL All-Star and is a Hall of Famer (inducted in 1961).

This card has a population of just 3 (with only 5 copies graded higher) and was sold by Heritage Auctions in July of this year for $75,000. 

12. Georges Vezina 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco #38 PSA 7 — $62,730
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Georges Vezina was a revered goalie who helped lead the Montreal Canadiens to two Stanley Cup Victories in 1916 and 1924. He was such a high-performer that the NHL created an award named after him that honors the league’s best goaltenders called the Vezina Trophy

Vezina ultimately passed away from tuberculosis during his playing career, but his part in hockey history has not been forgotten. 

There are 9 copies of his rookie card graded PSA 7 and Goldin Auctions sold a copy of the card for $62,730 this past May. 

13. Wayne Gretzky 1980 O-Pee-Chee Base #250 PSA 10 — $60,400
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This is the first and only 2nd-year card to make this list and it comes from Wayne Gretzky via his 1980 O-Pee-Chee PSA 10 card. The card has a population of 35 and has sold twice in the past 12 months. The card sold for $60,400 in March before dropping nearly 52% in value after selling for $29,000 in July.

This card sold for just $5,000 last October and has had a rate of growth of 653% since June 2005.

14. Bobby Hull 1958 Topps Base PSA 8 — $60,000
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There are just seven PSA 8 Bobby Hull 1958 Topps rookie cards in existence, with only two that have a higher grade. Last December, one of the copies of this card in a PSA 8 grade sold for $60,000 on eBay. 

Hull is a Hall of Famer who had a 15-year career in the NHL and played over 1,000 games for the Chicago Black Hawks, winning 1 Stanley Cup. He was nicknamed the “Golden Jet” and was known for his powerful slapshot, which reportedly reached speeds up to 118 miles per hour. Hull finished his career with 7 scoring titles, 12 All-Star nods, and back-to-back MVP seasons. 

He was ranked the 9th best hockey player of all time by Bleacher Report

15. Maurice Richard 1951 Parkhurst Base #4 PSA 9— $57,600
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The Maurice Richard rookie card graded PSA 9 has a population of just 5 and was sold by Heritage Auctions in December of 2019 for $57,600. This was 23% less than a lower graded copy sold this past summer. There haven’t been any recent sales of this card in a PSA 9, but if one surfaced, it would be expected to sell for much more than this 2019 sale.

16. Gordie Howe 1951 Parkhurst Base #66 PSA 8 — $56,600
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Gordie Howe was known as “Mr. Hockey” and statistically speaking, he may have been an even better hockey player than Wayne Gretzky. Howe played in 1,767 games across 26 NHL seasons, 25 of them spent with the Detroit Red Wings. Howe’s 26 seasons in the NHL is a record, shared with Chris Chelios. He holds the record for the oldest player to ever play in an NHL game, at the age of 52, and even scored a goal with an assist from his son against the Montreal Canadians in the 1980 NHL playoffs. 

His 1951 Parkhurst card is often recognized as his top rookie card and sold for $56,600 on May 26th, 2021. 

The card has a population of 34 in a PSA 8 grade and according to Cardladder, it has been sold 11 times since 2004. The card has grown in value by 1,097% since 2004. 

17. Sidney Crosby 2005 Upper Deck The Cup Rookie Patch Auto /99 #180 BGS 9.5 — $43,200
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Crosby’s “The Cup” rookie patch auto card (numbered to just 99 copies) sold at Goldin Auctions for $43,200. This represents a 46% decline since the previous record sale of $80,287, but the quality of the autograph and patch should be considered when assessing the sale value of a rookie patch autograph card. This particular card is a single-color patch, where a multi-colored patch sale could command significantly more value in the market. 

18. Bobby Orr 1966 Topps Base PSA 8 #35 — $42,000
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Bobby Orr was a defenseman for the Boston Bruins and was the first in his position to lead the NHL in scoring. Orr helped take the Bruins to the playoffs in 8 straight seasons and ultimately won 2 Stanley Cups. He was named MVP 3 times and was named the NHL’s best defenseman for 8 seasons straight. 

Bleacher Report ranked Orr as the 3rd best NHL player of all time. 

Heritage Auctions sold a PSA 8 graded copy of Orr’s rookie card for $42,00 this past May. There are 47 copies of the card in a PSA 8 grade, with 1 copy in a PSA 9. 

19. Bert Corbeau 1923 Paterson V145–1 (Cancelled) #25 PSA 1 — $39,121 (2015)
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Bert Corbeau, nicknamed “Pig Iron” played 10 seasons in the NHL as a defenseman for the Montreal Canadians, Hamilton Tigers, Toronto St. Pats, and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was part of the team that won the Canadiens’ first Stanley Cup in 1916. He was also the first NHL player to hit 100 penalty minutes in a season.

The allure of this card in particular is due to its scarcity. It was released by William Paterson Chocolates, a Canadian candy company, and offered to mail a pair of ice skates to any collector who put together the full set of cards. In order to avoid giving away a large number of skates, Paterson released the Corbeau rookie card in limited quantities.

Only 3 copies of this card have been graded by PSA (with the highest grade of a PSA 4) and collectors who submitted the cards for a free pair of ice skates were also mailed their original card set, but with a hole punch in each card and a “canceled” stamp on the back (to prevent people from submitting sets multiple times).

Mile High Cards sold a PSA 1 version of this card for $39,121 in October of 2015.

20. Georges Vezina 1911 C55 Imperial Tobacco #38 PSA 7 — $34,370 (2017)
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In November of 2017, Goldin Auctions sold a PSA 7 copy of this card for $34,370. 4 years later, it sold for $62,730 (also by Goldin Auctions), representing an increase of 82.5%. 

There are just 9 copies of this card in a PSA 7 grade, with only 1 graded a PSA 8 (and none higher than that grade). This sale was included in this list because of when it occurred. 2017 pre-dates the sports card boom and this sale is an example of a niche, but important hockey card that commanded a significant value in that time period. 

21. Mario Lemieux 1985 O-Pee-Chee Base #9 SGC 10— $32,360
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The Mario Lemieux SGC 10 graded O-Pee-Chee rookie card has a population of just 10 and sold for $32,360 this past April, which was 88% less than what a PSA 10 version of this card sold for in the same time period. 

This sale was included to highlight a top rookie card sale from a grading card company outside of BGS and PSA. 

A BGS 9.5 copy of this card sold for $27,600 in January of this past year. 

There’s been a lot of debate in the hobby about which grading card service to use, but this is a notable sale given that it is from SGC and outsold a BGS 9.5 copy. 

Please note, the BGS 9.5 sale would rank 18th on this list, but as it’s been stated before, it has been excluded to limit the redundancy of this list. 

22. Bobby Orr 1966 Topps Base PSA 7 #35 — $32,250
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Bobby Orr was ranked as the 3rd best NHL player of all time by Bleacher Report and his rookie cards across multiple grades reflect that ranking in the marketplace. 

There are just 112 copies of Orr’s 1966 Topps in a PSA 7 grade and PWCC sold one of those copies via eBay for $32,250 back in April. The sale came just two weeks after a pop 8 PSA 7.5 copy was sold via eBay from PWCC Auctions for $29,260. 

23. Bert Corbeau 1923 Paterson V145–1 #25 PSA Authentic — $31,070
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In August of 2016, Heritage Auctions sold a Corbeau rookie card in its 2nd highest PSA grade for $31,070. There are two versions of this card: Canceled (as seen in entry 15 and a non-canceled copy (as seen here). 

Cards that were submitted to Paterson for a free pair of ice hockey skates were marked canceled to avoid multiple submissions. The card shown above is an example of a copy that was not submitted to be redeemed, thus it does not have a hole punch and canceled stamp on the back of it. 

There are just 4 copies of this card that have been graded by PSA. 

24. Mario Lemieux 1985 O-Pee-Chee Base #9 PSA 10 — $23,070
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In February of 2017, this Mario Lemieux O-Pee-Chee rookie card sold for $23,070, a record sale at the time. The card then dipped in value steadily working back up to a sale of $21,000 in December of 2020. Six weeks after the $21,000 sale, the card sold for $80,100. This represents a 281% growth in value.

25. Bobby Hull 1958 Topps Base PSA 7— $22,200
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This PSA 7 Bobby Hull Topps rookie card has a population of 36, with just 25 copies in a higher grade. No copies of the PSA 9 have sold (although PSA values it at $175,000), but this PSA 7 was sold this past May by Heritage Auctions for $22,200. 

While we are used to seeing modern cards set records in a PSA 10 grade, older sets like this one are scarce in good condition. Hull appears a few times on this list with record sales in lower grades due to the low population of his cards. 

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The Top 10 Fastest Growing Hockey Cards This Month

As we kick-off the start of regular season hockey, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the sport’s trading cards. Earlier this year, a 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie card sold for $3.75 million, ranking 7th on the top-10 list of most expensive sports cards of all time. There’s also a new TV deal that kicks in effect this season, with ESPN and Turner Sports getting the rights to air games. The new deal has generated a lot of optimism about helping bring the sport of hockey to more mainstream audiences. 

This mainstream attraction could bring more attention to hockey sports cards. PSA has graded 1,515,785 hockey cards, which is a strong base, but still small compared to basketball (5,807,952 cards graded) and football (5,476,649 cards graded). 

We’re going to look at the top 10 fastest-growing hockey cards over the past month. In order to qualify for this list, a card must have a minimum value of $150 and be in graded condition.

1. Wayne Gretzky 1983 O-Pee-Chee Base #29 PSA 7 (+102.32%)
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Wayne Gretzky is often recognized as the greatest hockey player of all time, playing 20 seasons, holding 61 NHL records at retirement, and won 4 Stanley Cups over the course of his career. It’s no surprise to see one of his cards at the top of this list, even though it isn’t a rookie card. The 1983 O-Pee-Chee Gretzky PSA 7 sold for $154.50 on 10/2, up from its previous sale of $78 a few weeks earlier: 

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This was a record sale for the card, which has sold 14 times over the past year at an average price of $83.09. 

2. Patrick Kane 2007 Upper Deck Young Guns #210 PSA 10 (+87.68%)
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Patrick Kane is viewed as the best American-born hockey player of all time. The 32-year-old has won 3 Stanley Cups as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks and currently ranks 6th in career points out of current NHL players. 

His 2007 rookie Young Guns PSA 10 last sold for $2,759.66 on 9/16, an all-time record sale for the card: 

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The population 309 card has sold 36 times in the past year at an average price of $1,467.98 and has grown in value by 521.54%. 

3. Jesse Puljujarvi 2016 Upper Deck Young Guns #225 PSA 10 (+81.34%)
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Jesse Puljujarvi is currently a right-wing for the Edmonton Oilers after being drafted fourth overall in 2016. Puljujarvi struggled early in his career but broke out last season to re-establish himself. He scored 15 goals and had 10 assists in his 2020–21 season and looks to be a promising prospect if he can maintain that level of performance. 

His 2016 Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card sold for $214.50 on 10/6, a record sale for the card: 

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The card has sold 7 times in the past year at an average price of $163.99 at a 16.58% rate of growth.

4. Mark Stone 2012 Upper Deck Young Guns #239 PSA 10 (+68.52%)
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Mark Stone is captain of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, playing right wing. The NHL network recently named Stone the 35th best player in the NHL and the Golden Knights currently have the 3rd best odds to win the Stanley Cup this season according to Vegas Insider

His 2012 Upper Deck Young Guns PSA 10 rookie card last sold for $278.05 on 10/4 up from its previous $165 sale in mid-September: 

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The card peaked at $399.99 in April of this year but has since come down in value. The population 60 card has been sold 8 times in the past year at an average price of $257.02 and has experienced 76.73% growth in that same timed period. 

5. Mario Lemieux 1985 Topps Base #9 PSA 9 (+52.75%)
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Mario Lemieux was the first overall pick in the 1984 NHL draft and is the only person to have won a Stanley Cup as both a player and an owner. He was ranked as the 4th-best NHL player of all time by Bleacher Report. As a player, he won 2 Stanley Cups, was a 9x all-star, and finished his career with 690 goals

His 1985 Topps PSA 9 rookie card last sold on 9/24 for $1,920, up from its last sale of $1,550 just a few days earlier: 

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The card peaked in value in February, selling for $4,275. In the past 12 months, the card has sold 115 times at an average price of $1,487.74 and has grown 304.21% in value. 

6. Connor McDavid 2015 Upper Deck Young Guns #201 PSA 9 (+51.26%)
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Connor McDavid was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2015 and currently plays center for the team. McDavid has led the NHL in scoring 3 times and is one of just two unanimous Hart Trophy Winners (Wayne Gretzky is the only other player with the same distinction). 

McDavid’s Young Guns rookie PSA 9 last sold on 9/24 for $1,461.21 up from its previous sale of $1,224.14 a day earlier:

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Over the past year, this card has sold 42 times at an average price of $1,082.92 with a rate of growth of 165.58%. This sale is a record price of this card in a PSA 9 grade. 

7. Wayne Gretzky 1980 O-Pee-Chee Base #250 PSA 8 (+44.58%)
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Wayne Gretzky is often recognized as the greatest hockey player of all time and it’s even been argued that he is the greatest athlete of all time, so it’s no surprise that we see multiple of his cards on this list. This time it’s the 1980 O-Pee-Chee PSA 8, second-year card. 

The card last sold on 10/6 for $993.08, up from a recent low of $406 on 8/24: 

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The card peaked in price this past February when it sold for $1,763.50 before losing value. The card has sold 59 times over the past 12 months at an average price of $832.89 with a rate of 94.34% growth in that same time period. 

8. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base PSA 8 (+41.07%)
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This Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card has a population of 765 in a PSA 8 grade, much higher than the PSA 10 supply of just 2, but it still commands significant value in the marketplace. 

The card last sold for $21,250 on 9/25 a significant increase from its previous low sale on 8/28 at $13,600: 

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In the past 12 months, the card has sold 45 times at an average price of $20,470 and has had a rate of growth of 119.13% in that same time period. 

9. Miro Heiskanen 2018 Upper Deck Young Guns #246 PSA 10 (+37.48%)
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Miro Heiskanen is the first defenseman on our list and was drafted 3rd overall in the 2017 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars. Heiskanen scored 6 goals and 20 assists in the 2020 NHL playoffs and played a big role in the Stars making it to the Stanley Cup. 

Heiskanen’s 2018 Upper Deck Young Guns PSA 10 rookie card last sold for $189.04 on 10/3, up from its previous sale of $133.55 on 9/26:

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The population 512 card has sold 95 times in the past year at an average price of $134.32 and has experienced a 69.44% growth rate. The card’s peak sale price was $199 back on 6/21. 

10. Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee Base #18 PSA 2 (+36.39%)
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Wayne Gretzky’s rookie O-Pee-Chee card in a grade 2 rounds out our list of top 10 fastest growing hockey cards over the past month. The card is a population 409 in a PSA 2 and despite the low grade, the card still commands more value than most other modern NHL player rookie cards in a PSA 10. 

The card last sold for $1,199.95 on 10/5:

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The card once sold as high as $2,199.95 this past January before retreating to a low price of $881 at the end of September. In the past 12 months, this cad has sold 38 times at an average price of $1,257.06 and has enjoyed a 49.99% growth rate. 

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The Top 10 NBA Rookie Cards to Look Out for on eBay

We’re less than one month away from the NBA regular season kickoff on October 19th, but this off-season has felt like a long one, especially since last season had the shortest recorded NBA off-season in history

There may have been some basketball card fatigue during the back-to-back seasons, but we’ve got an exciting list of players and their rookie cards to look at as we approach our first full normal season since 2019. 

To help with the analysis, I’ve focused on Prizm Base, Prizm Silver, Topps Chrome and Topps Chrome Refractor rookie cards, which are core flagship rookie card brands that offer a range of price points. 

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo 2013 Prizm #290 Base + Silver PSA 10
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Antetokounmpo is 26 years old and already a five-time All-NBA selection, five-time NBA All-Star, NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2020), two-time NBA MVP (2019, 2020), NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP for 2021. He also finished the 2019–20 season with a record-high single-season player efficiency rating. In short, he’s one of the most accomplished and exciting young players on the court today. 

Despite these accomplishments, his card prices are generally on a decline, likely due to fading excitement after the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship this past season. 

Considering his accolades and championship title as well as his cards on a downward trend, Antetokounmpo is the number one player to watch heading into the NBA season. 

His 2013 Prizm Rookie base card is currently valued at $1,825, down from its last high sale of $2,686 in late July.

His Prizm Silver PSA 10 is also down, from a high of $30K in late August to $18,500.

It may be counterintuitive to buy a player’s rookie cards when they’re declining in price, but given the full NBA off-season and Antetokounmpo’s numbers, he’s likely to make a splash.

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2. Nikola Jokić 2015 Prizm #335 Prizm Base + Silver PSA 10
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Jokić is a three-time NBA All-Star, two-time first-team All-NBA, and last year’s MVP winner on a Denver Nuggets team that reached the playoffs for the third consecutive season. While the Nugget’s playoff run ended in disappointment after getting swept by the Suns, an ACL injury sustained by point guard Jamal Murray clearly impacted the team’s ability to win games. 

With Murray likely to miss the start of the regular season, the team will look to Jokić to play in MVP form until the point guard returns. This will put more attention on Jokić (and likely his card prices) and if the Nuggets make the playoffs for the fourth straight year (they’re currently ranked seventh by ESPN on pre-season power rankings), they’d have a key piece back on their team to make a run at a championship. 

Jokić’s Prizm Rookie base PSA 10 last sold for $637 after reaching a high of $1,700 in April.

His Prizm Silver rookie is also on the decline, selling for $3,471.81 in August, down from a high of $6,000 this past March.

Jokić, like many other players on this list, has seen his card prices drop, but given his ability to lead a team that’s getting a key player back this season, his cards are worth keeping an eye on. 

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3. Devin Booker 2015 Prizm #308 Base + Silver PSA 10
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Devin Booker is a two-time All-Star and made his first championship appearance against the Milwaukee Bucks this past season. While the Suns lost the championship series 4–2, they knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers along the way. 

Booker averaged 27.3 points during the Suns’ 2021 playoff run and his cards have been on the rise as of late. 

His 2015 base Rookie Prizm last sold for $725, up from a post-season low of $605.

His Prizm Silver last sold for $4,299.99 on September 21st, up from $3,998 on August 30th.

The Suns will have tougher competition this year in the West, but Booker is the face of a team that nearly secured a championship last season, so his cards will be worth monitoring as we approach the start of the NBA season. 

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4. LeBron James 2003 Topps Chrome #111 Base + Refractor PSA 10
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LeBron James is one of the most accomplished players in NBA history, with 17 All-NBA Team selections, four NBA championships, and four NBA MVPs. The Lakers won the 2020 NBA championship, but were knocked out of last year’s playoffs in the first round by the Phoenix Suns. 

However, the Lakers have reloaded this season with Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard as they eye another NBA championship. 

In February 2021, the basketball card market exploded and with it, LeBron James’ rookie cards. 

At that time, James’ 2003 Topps Chrome Rookie base PSA 10 hit $43,000 before going as low as $13,000 in late June. The card has been increasing in value lately, with the latest sale at $17,050 on September 23rd.

In March 2021, James’ 2003 Topps Chrome Refractor sold for $286,530 on March 6th before hitting a low of $75,600 on June 16th, a significant decrease.

However, the card has been rebounding in value, last selling for $82,410 on August 9th.

 Although it’s a long way off from a market high, it has upward momentum and will be fun to keep an eye on as the next season starts. LeBron James already has a legendary career, but the Lakers have a few key new pieces to help them rebound after an early playoff exit last year.

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5. Kevin Durant 2007 Topps Chrome #131 Base + Refractor PSA 10
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The Brooklyn Nets have been ranked number one by ESPN in NBA pre-season rankings, ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks, who they lost to in the Eastern Conference semi-finals last season. 

Durant is an accomplished player. He’s a two-time NBA champion, holds four scoring titles, and is on pace to crack the top 25 list of most points scored in an NBA career. Plus, his team is the favored championship contender heading into this season. 

Durant’s cards have been on an upswing as we approach the season, likely due to high hopes for the Brooklyn Nets. 

His 2007 Topps Chrome base PSA 10 sold for $4,999.99 on September 22nd, up from a pre-season low of $3,100 in early September.

His 2007 Topps Chrome Refractor PSA 10 has also been increasing in value, as it last sold for $23,500 on September 2nd.

This card is up 113 percent year over year (it sold for $11,000 in September 2020) and has increased in value by $10,500 since early August. Durant and the Nets will be an exciting team this season. 

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6. Joel Embiid 2014 Prizm #253 Base + Silver PSA 10
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The Philadelphia 76ers are ranked eighth by ESPN in their pre-season rankings, but their off-season has been put in the spotlight with Ben Simmons saying he will not return to the team. 

Despite this, Embiid was ranked eighth by NBC Sports on the top 10 NBA players heading into the NBA season. Embiid finished second in NBA voting last season and is a three-time All-Star. 

His Prizm base PSA 10 last sold for $440.50 on September 22nd, up from an off-season low of $402 in August.

Embiid’s Silver Prizm has been dropping in value, with the last sale at the end of July for $1,970.

The card hit a high price of $5,700 in March before retreating to its current low. There’s some uncertainty with the 76ers going into next season, but Embiid has the potential to be an MVP caliber player on a team that could be positioned to make a playoff run. 

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7. Donovan Mitchell 2017 Prizm #117 Base + Silver PSA 10
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The Utah Jazz are ranked fifth in ESPN’s power rankings heading into the NBA season and Mitchell was dominant in the first two playoff games against the Los Angeles Clippers. While the Clippers won the series 4–2, there’s a lot to be excited about with Mitchell and the Jazz. 

Mitchell’s Prizm base PSA 10 last sold for $208.50 on September 26th.

Mitchell’s card hit a high price in February when it sold for $591 and shot back up to $421 this past June, but lately, his prices have been declining. 

However, his rookie Prizm silver PSA 10 recently sold for $1,625, up from an off-season low of $900.

Mitchell was ranked the 18th best NBA player heading into the 2021–22 season and is on a Utah Jazz team poised for another playoff run.

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8. Trae Young 2018 Prizm #78 Base and Silver PSA 10
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The Atlanta Hawks are ranked ninth heading into the 2021–22 NBA season according to ESPN, and Trae Young landed in ESPN’s 17th spot of top player rankings. Young led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals last season, averaging 28.8 points and 9.5 assists during the playoff run. 

Young’s Prizm Base PSA 10 last sold for $305.36 on September 26th.

In January 2021, this card sold for over $800, but given a rising population (10,358 copies at the time of publication) and the NBA off-season, it’s retreated in value. 

Young’s Silver Prizm PSA 10 last sold for $1,625 on September 26th.

Young’s Silver Prizm PSA 10 has a much lower supply than its base counterpart at 2,116 copies, but is still down in value year over year. In September 2020, the card sold for $1,799. The card peaked at $3,800 in December. 

Young’s performance on the court is undeniable, but the question is whether or not the Hawks can make a championship appearance in a tough Eastern Conference.

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9. Steph Curry 2009 Topps Chrome #101 Base and Refractor
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The Warriors finished a disappointing 39–33 last season and did not make the playoffs. Regardless, ESPN has the Warriors ranked 10th for the 2021–22 NBA season, which is largely dependent on getting Klay Thompson back from injury

Curry was ranked the 13th best NBA player in history and is a seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time MVP, and three-time NBA champion. 

His 2009 Topps Chrome PSA 10 (population of just 60) last sold for $44,500 on September 16th via a private sale.

This is up from an off-season low price of $34,440. In February 2021, this card sold for $85,000. 

The population 28 refractor PSA 10 last sold in August for $99,630, down from a high price of $136,500 in April.

Curry and the Warriors are hoping for a better outcome in the 2021–22 season with the return of Klay Thompson and continued development of second overall pick James Wiseman.

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10. Luka Dončić 2018 Prizm #280 Base and Silver PSA 10
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The Dallas Mavericks are ranked 11th heading into the 2021–22 season as new coach Jason Kidd looks to steer the team past the first round of the playoffs. In the past two seasons, the Mavericks were knocked out of the first round by the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Dončić’s base Prizm PSA 10 last sold for $832 despite 17,896 copies in circulation. This is up from an off-season low of $685. 

Dončić’s Silver Prizm has a population of 2,082 and last sold for $5,473.

It hit an off-season low in June when it sold for $4,100. His Silver Prizm has seen some peaks and valleys with the latest sales, but is generally trending in an upward direction. 

Dončić is just 22 years old and the fastest player in the history of the Dallas Mavericks franchise to reach 5,000 points. He also edged out Michael Jordan and now holds the record for most consecutive games with 20 points, five assists and five rebounds. 

He has a long career ahead of him.

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The Top 10 Fastest-Growing Sports Cards This Week

This week’s top 10 fastest-growing sports cards list is dominated by retired Hall of Famers. From Vince Carter to Larry Bird, this past week has brought growth to the cards of established legends across the NFL, MLB, and NBA. In order to qualify to be included on this list, a card must have a minimum value of $250 and be in graded condition. 

1. Vince Carter 1998 Upper Deck Ovation Base #75 PSA 10 (+144.73%)
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The 1998 Upper Deck Vince Carter Ovation card has 196 copies graded in a PSA 10 and last sold for $299.95 on 9/29 after selling for $122.50 just 1 day earlier:

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This is a record high sale for the card, breaking its previous high of $225 on 4/8 by 33%. 

Carter played 22 seasons in the NBA across four decades and was an All-Star for 8 of those seasons. A documentary about Carter and his career was released on October 1st. 

2. Kobe Bryant 1996 Finest Bronze Base #75 BGS 9.5 (+75.86%)
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Kobe Bryant rookie cards exploded in value in January, February, and March of this year but have come down in value significantly since then. Bryant’s 1996 Finest Bronze base sold for as much as $2,000 in March before reaching a low price of $464.44 on 8/19. The card jumped back up in value to $995 after a sale on 9/29: 

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The previous sale just 1 day earlier was for $562. In the past year, this card has been sold 76 times at an average price of $988.42. The card has grown in value by 74.5% in the last 12 months. 

3. Derek Jeter 1993 SP Foil #279 BGS 9 (+67.86%)
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The Derek Jeter 1993 SP Foil in a BGS 9 grade has a population of 2,996 and has seen some volatility in its pricing over the past two years, selling for $7,700 in February and dropping as low as $1,200 at the end of June. 

The card last sold on October 3rd for $2,350:

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In the past year, this card has grown in value by 161.11% with 247 sales at an average price of $2,603.55. Jeter won 5 World Series titles with the New York Yankees and was ranked the 51st best MLB player of all time by ESPN. 

4. Justin Herbert 2020 Select Field Level Silver #344 PSA 9 (+64.44%)
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Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers defeated Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3. Herbert’s population 75 Select Field Level Silver PSA 9 last sold for $740 on 10/3, an 83% gain from the previous sale: 

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The card has been sold 32 times in the past year at an average price of $587.41. The card sold for a record-high $1,100 on 6/26 before hitting a record low of $330 on 9/13. Herbert broke multiple passing records his rookie season and the statement win against the Chiefs seemed to provide a strong bump for the value of this card. 

5. Dirk Nowitzki 1998 Topps Chrome Base #154 PSA 9 (+60.87%)
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Dirk Nowitzki’s Topps Chrome Base rookie has a population of 942 graded PSA 9 and last sold for $324.95 on 10/3:

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The card hit an all-time high in February with an $899.99 sale before hitting a low of $167.50 on October 1st. The card has been sold 199 times over the past year at an average price of $349.53 and has grown by 22.62% in value in that time period. 

Nowitzki played 21 seasons in the NBA, was a 14-time All-Star, 1 time NBA MVP, and won 1 NBA championship. 

6. Robin Yount 1975 Topps Base #223 PSA 8 (+60.71%)
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Yount is a Hall of Famer with a 20-year career with 2 AL MVP awards and 1 World Series appearance. His population 2,203 1975 Topps rookie PSA 8 last sold for $450 on 9/30:

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In the past 12 months, the card has sold 71 times at an average price of $340.14 and has increased in value by 62.17%. Yount holds a number of Milwaukee Brewer records and despite never winning a World Series, he was ranked the 89th best all-time baseball player by ESPN.  

7. Michael Porter Jr. 2018 Mosaic Base #73 PSA 10 (+59.42%)
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Michael Porter Jr. signed a 5-year max contract with the Denver Nuggets last week. The Nuggets currently have the 9th best odds to win the 2022 NBA Finals according to Vegas Insider. Porter Jr. averaged 19 points and 7.5 rebounds per game last season and his PSA 9 rookie Mosaic base card last sold for $275 on 10/3: 

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The card has sold 58 times in the past 12 months at an average price of $231.91 and a growth rate of 103.6%. The card hit a high price of $560 in mid-May before dropping to a low of $152.51 in early June. The latest sale is the highest recorded sale of the card since its record price on 5/16. 

8. Joe Montana 1981 Topps #216 PSA 8 (+57.33%)
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Joe Montana is a Hall of Fame Quarterback who played 15 seasons in the NFL and led the San Francisco 49ers to 4 Super Bowl victories. Montana was also a 3-time NFL MVP. 

Montana’s population 7,593 rookie Topps PSA 8 sold for $708 on 10/3, the card’s highest sale since 5/14: 

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In the past year, the card has been sold 541 times at an average price of $510.59 and has grown in value by 74.81%. 

9. Patrick Ewing 1986 Fleer Base #32 PSA 8 (+50.01%)
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Patrick Ewing was an 11-time NBA All-Star and a member of the 1992 Dream Team that won the Olympic Gold Medal. Despite never winning an NBA championship, Ewing was ranked 32nd all-time by ESPN. 

Ewing’s 1986 Fleer rookie PSA 8 last sold for $300 on 10/2, up from a $200 sale just a few days prior: 

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The population 2,718 card has sold 256 times over the past 12 months at an average price of $259.22 and has grown 76.48% in value in that same time period. The card hit a record high price of $440 in February of this year. 

10. Larry Bird 1986 Fleer Base #9 PSA 9 (+49.44%)
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Larry Bird played 13 seasons in the NBA, winning 3 NBA championships, 3 MVP awards, and was named to the All-Star team 12 times. Bird was ranked the 7th best NBA player of all time by ESPN. 

Bird’s 1986 Fleer PSA 9 last sold on 10/1 for $780, up from its previous sale of $523 on 9/30:

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This card hit an all-time high price of $2,500 on 2/10 before hitting a low of $415 in late June. The population 1,050 card has sold 122 times in the past year at an average price of $776.61 and a growth rate of 97.47%. 

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A Too Early Look at the Top 10 NFL MVP Candidates and Their Rookie Card Prices

We’re heading into week 4 of the NFL season and that means way-too-early MVP candidates are emerging and it’s time to look at their card prices. As the NFL season heats up, it’ll be fun to watch how the MVP race plays out and whether or not the players on this list see their card prices rise as we get closer to the end of the season. Using Vegas Insider NFL MVP odds, I’ve compiled a list of the current top 10 MVP players based on their odds, kicking off with… 

1. Kyler Murray, QB – Arizona Cardinals
+700 Odds to Win MVP
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Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals are off to a hot start at 3–0. Murray has thrown for over 1,000 yards with 7 passing touchdowns and 3 rushing touchdowns so far this season. The Cardinals have a tougher schedule coming up, facing the L.A. Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Cleveland Browns, but it will be a good test for the young Quarterback.

Murray’s cards are up 36.1% month over month and are up 43.28% over the past 3 months:

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His pop 156 rookie Prizm Silver PSA 10 last sold for $2,600 on 9/24: 

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While the card hit a record high of $4,950 last September, it is still up 41.8% since its off-season low of $1,833 in June. 

The Cardinals are in the toughest division in the NFL and have difficult upcoming match-ups, so Murray’s cards and MVP odds will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks. 

2. Patrick Mahomes, QB – Kansas City Chiefs
+800 Odds to Win MVP
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Patrick Mahomes has suffered his first-ever losses in September and the Chiefs are currently 1–2. The former MVP and Super Bowl Champion has thrown for 940 yards, 9 touchdowns to 3 interceptions so far this season. The Chiefs have a mixed bag of upcoming opponents, facing the Eagles, Bills, Washington Footbal Team, and Titans, but MVP odds are in favor of a Mahomes/Chiefs rebound. Mahomes has also set two records this season with the most passing yards and touchdowns through 50 starts (note: he is currently at 47 starts). 

Over the past month, Mahomes’ cards have grown 7.65% in value, and in the past 3 months, they’ve grown 18.5%:

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His population 877 Prizm rookie PSA 10 last sold for $9,100 on 9/27: 

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This card hit as high as $15,000 just before last year’s Super Bowl but is up 14% from an off-season low of $7,950. 

This might not be the ideal start for the Chiefs, but in 3 seasons as a starter, Mahomes has appeared in the AFC Championship and 2 Super Bowls, winning 1. It’s hard to bet against him as the season progresses. 

3. Tom Brady, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
+800 Odds to Win MVP
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7 years ago, I drafted Tom Brady in a competitive fantasy football league and at the time thought it was a big risk given his age. Well, turns out that I (and many other people) were wrong about that. The 44-year-old has led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 2–1 start with nearly 1,100 passing yards, 10 passing touchdowns, and a 109.3 passer rating

Brady is a 7x Super Bowl Champion, 3x MVP, 14x Pro Bowler and he has more he wants to prove. 

His cards have increased in value by 7.77% this past month, and 57.11% in the past 3 months: 

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Brady’s population 1,088 Bowman Chrome PSA 10 rookie card is back up to $21,470 after a sale on 9/27:

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This card peaked in value at $28,230 the day after Brady and the Buccaneers won the Super Bowl. This card is up 62.6% from an off-season low sale of $13,200. 

Love him or hate him, Brady is the most accomplished quarterback of all time and hasn’t seemed to lose a step despite his age. The Buccaneers are favored to win the Super Bowl, slightly edging out the Kansas City Chiefs for the best odds so far this season. 

4. Matthew Stafford, QB – Los Angeles Rams
+800 Odds to Win MVP
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Over Matt Stafford’s 12-year NFL career, he hasn’t won a single playoff game across 3 playoff appearances. This isn’t a knock on Stafford, he was previously on a Detroit Lions team that has struggled over the years. He’s now on a Los Angeles Rams team that’s just two years removed from a Super Bowl appearance and is currently 3–0. Stafford and the Rams toppled Brady and the Buccaneers in their last outing. 

Stafford has thrown 9 touchdown passes and currently has a 129.8 passer rating. The L.A. Rams are the 3rd favored team to win the Super Bowl behind the Buccaneers and Chiefs. 

Stafford’s cards have modestly increased this past month at 1.33% and 15.32% over the past 3 months: 

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His population 61 2009 Topps Chrome Refractor rookie PSA 10 fell in value with a last sold price of $1,200 on 9/27:

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The card had a record sale of $1,928.33 in March after his trade announcement but dropped 36.8% in value with the latest sale. 

Stafford is playing at an MVP pace on a Super Bowl-caliber team, but it’s still early in the season. He’s also 33-years-old, so his window for potential is smaller than some other young quarterbacks on this list. 

5. Josh Allen, QB – Buffalo Bills
+900 Odds to Win MVP
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Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills have an easier division and currently sit at 2–1. Allen has thrown 7 passing touchdowns and has a 95.5 passer rating so far this season. Last season, the Bills reached the AFC Championship game but were edged out by the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills currently have the fourth-best odds of winning a Super Bowl this season. 

Allen’s cards are up 2.61% in the past month, and 36.51% in the past 3 months: 

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Allen’s population 26 Prizm Silver rookie PSA 10 last sold for $8,500 on 9/12, a drop of 30.4% from the previous sale: 

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Allen’s rookie cards exploded in value last season and carried into the off-season with a record sale of his Prizm Silver PSA 10 for $15,500. This latest sale is the lowest record sale of this card since March of 2021.

6. Aaron Rodgers, QB – Green Bay Packers
+1,000 Odds to Win MVP
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Aaron Rodgers had a rough start to the 2021 season after a tenous off-season with his contemplation of retirement. However, the Packers are 2–1 and Rodgers is fresh off of a 37-second game-winning drive against the San Francisco 49ers. Rodgers is a 1x Super Bowl champion, 3x Super Bowl Champion and the Packers still have the fifth-best odds to win the Super Bowl this season. 

Rodger’s cards are down 0.41% over the past month and 4.25% over the past 3 months: 

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His population 236 2005 Topps Chrome rookie PSA 10 last sold for $3,052 on 8/24: 

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The card had a previous high sale of $5,620 in January of this year and nearly reached it again in April. In July, this card hit a low of $2,655.74. Despite the rough start, it’s hard to imagine Rodgers not continuing in his groove and leading the Packers to another playoff appearance. 

7. Justin Herbert, QB – Los Angeles Chargers
+1,100 Odds to Win MVP
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Justin Herbert and the L.A. Chargers are off to a 2–1 start and defeated the Kansas City Chiefs last week 30–24. Herbert is just 23 years old and broke nearly every rookie QB passing record last season. He’s thrown for 6 touchdown passes with a 97.9 passer rating and the Chargers currently have the 9th best odds of winning the Super Bowl this season. 

Herbert’s cards are up 1.87% over the past month and 4.75% over the past 3 months: 

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Herbert’s population 83 Silver Prizm rookie PSA 10 last sold for $3,802 on 9/27: 

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This is up 50% from an off-season low of $2,514. 

Herbert’s rookie cards have slowly grown in value the past 3 months but haven’t seen the same increases in value as they did last season, perhaps due to excitement and hype from his rookie campaign wearing off a bit. 

8. Dak Prescott, QB – Dallas Cowboys
+1,400 Odds to Win MVP
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Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are off to a 2–1 start and have the 11th best odds of winning a Super Bowl this season. Prescott is coming off of a season-ending injury but has thrown 6 passing touchdowns with a 110.1 passer rating so far this season. 

His cards are up 0.91% this past month and 15.33% over the past 3 months:

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Prescott’s Prizm Silver rookie PSA 10 last sold for $922.50 on 9/26, up 11.8% from its last prior sale: 

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The Cowboys lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season opener and have won just 4 playoff games in the past 25 years. Despite being outside of the top-10 Super Bowl odds so far this season, Prescott has plenty of receiving targets to throw at and the support of Ezekiel Elliot and Tony Pollard in the run game.

9. Russell Wilson, QB – Seattle Seahawks 
+2,000 Odds to Win MVP
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Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are off to a 1–2 start and currently have the 13th best odds to win the Super Bowl this season. Wilson has thrown 7 passing touchdowns and has a 133.6 passer rating 3 games into the year. He’s an 8x Pro Bowler, he’s been in 2 Super Bowls (winning 1), and is one of just four quarterbacks with a passer rating over 100 so far in his career.

His cards are down 9.09% over the past month and are down 9.46% over the past 3 months: 

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His pop 1,093 Topps Chrome rookie PSA 10 last sold for $506 on 9/27 down nearly 21% from the previous sale: 

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Wilson is a talented, Super-Bowl-winning quarterback on a Seattle team that has struggled early in the season. It’ll be fun to see if Wilson can pull the team back up and gain momentum starting in week 4 against the 49ers. 

10. Lamar Jackson, QB – Baltimore Ravens
+2,200 Odds to Win MVP
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Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens are off to a 2–1 start and currently have the 8th best odds to win a Super Bowl this season. The Ravens defeated the Chiefs earlier this year and got their second win over the Detroit Lions with a record-setting field goal from Justin Tucker. Jackson won league MVP in 2019 and has thrown for 3 touchdowns with 2 rushing touchdowns so far this season. 

Jackson’s cards are down 1.29% this past month, but up 3.53% over the past three months:

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His population 24 Prizm Silver PSA 10 last sold on 7/14 for $7,750, up 55% from its previous sale: 

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Jackson is an electric quarterback with an MVP under his belt at just 24 years old. He’s led the Ravens to two playoff appearances, but both ended in losses. While there is a narrative that Jackson can’t win a playoff game, his performance on the field and his age refute that. The Ravens are capable of contending with the best teams in the NFL and his cards will be fun to watch throughout this season. 

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Top 7 Sales from Goldin Auctions First Non-Sports Auction

Saturday, September 18th marked the close of Goldin Auctions’ first ever non-sports auction, featuring collectibles such as rare comic books, trading card games and video games.

“The interest in comic books, trading card games and video games has exploded into the mainstream in the last decade and the collector appetite is incredible.” said Ken Goldin, Executive Chairman and Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We’re also seeing the enthusiasm for superhero movies translating into surging popularity for comic books, which was reflected in our record-breaking Thor, Avengers and Superman sales.”

The list below illustrates the top seven sales, kicking off with a record breaking seven-figure sale of the iconic “Caped Crusader”.

1. 1940 D.C. Comics Batman #1 $1,476,000
Grade: CGC 8.0 with “White Pages”
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=89561
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Released in March of 1940, this is Batman’s first solo title. The cover is one of the most iconic covers in all of comics. CGC, a company that specializes in grading comic books for over 20 years, graded this book a 8.0 meaning, the comic has great eye appeal, moderate defect or an accumulation of small defects.

There are only (6) of this comic graded as high as a CGC 8.0, illustrating it’s extreme rarity in this condition! It is the 1st Appearance of The Joker and Catwoman, two of Batman’s classic villains. The $1.47 million dollar price tag represents the all-time record for this comic in this grade.

The comic is known for the battle between Batman and Hugo Strange where Batman ended the battle by killing the monsters. This caused backlash from the readers and forced DC to change how Batman was portrayed. For the next 80 years, Batman would be there to protect Gotham City.

2. 1996 N64 Super Mario 64 $799,500
Grade: Wata 9.8/A++
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=107330
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Released in September of 1996, Super Mario 64 is the first Mario game to introduce 3D gameplay. It was extremely popular, with over 11 million copies sold.

This game is considered to be one of the best video games ever. Super Mario 64, developed and published by Nintendo, completely revolutionized the Super Mario Bros. brand. This particular game was graded by WATA and was given a 9.8 with A++ seal rating. WATA is a company that specializes in grading, authenticating and protecting video games. This is one of the most pristine copies in existence! 

3. 1962 Marvel Comics “Amazing Fantasy” #15 $707,250
Grade: CGC 8.5
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=109893
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This iconic collectible was created by comic icons Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introducing the tale of Peter Parker, a 16-year-old high school student from Queens who gets bitten by a radioactive spider.

Yes, this is the very 1st Appearance of Spider-Man!

Spider-Man was the first teenager to be a standalone hero in the Marvel Universe and ranks as one of the most popular Marvel superheroes. This book is also the 1st Appearance of Uncle Ben & Aunt May – which play a huge role in Spider-Man’s life.

This book, in this grade, is something you do not see everyday and is a part of history!

4. 1985 NES Nintendo (USA) Super Mario Bros. $676,500
Grade: WATA 9.2/A
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=110227
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This is one of the most iconic video games ever produced, as it’s the first game in the Super Mario Bros series. This is what kicked off the Mario we know today. It was one of the most popular NES games to ever be released with more than 55 million copies sold, the 6th highest selling game ever.

This game was graded by WATA as a 9.2 with an “A” seal rating. This sale is an all time record for the game, in this grade!

5. 2002 Konami Yu-Gi-Oh Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon 1st Edition Case $584,250
Factory Sealed
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=99658
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Coming in at number five is a 1st Edition factory case of Yu-Gi-Oh! Legend of Blue Eyes White Dragon.

The sealed case holds 12 booster boxes. This was the first set in the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game, released in 2002. This is a true holy grail in the Yu-Gi-Oh! world. For comparison, this is similar to the 1999 Pokémon 1st Edition Booster Box. There were 126 cards in the set, highlighted by Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Dark Magician, Raigeki, Black Hole, and Pot of Greed.

6. 1991 SEGA Genesis (USA) Sonic the Hedgehog $430,500
Grade: WATA 9.4/A
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=110230
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This game was released in June of 1991 and was a huge success, loved for its visuals, audio, and gameplay, launching the Sonic franchise with over 15 million sold.

Sonic the Hedgehog also helped boost SEGA into the marketplace, becoming a competitor with Super Nintendo. This particular copy was graded by WATA and given a 9.4 with an A seal rating – illustrating its immaculate condition.

7. 1963 Marvel Comics Avengers #1 $369,000
Grade: CGC 9.6
https://goldinauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=109894
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Without this comic, there would be no Marvel Universe, as this was the first appearance of the Avengers.

This historic debut features the original Avengers team consisting of Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man, and the Wasp, ironically brought together by the threat of Loki. The story was written by comic book legend Stan Lee, with the cover and art illustrated by Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers.

This copy was graded a 9.6 by CGC, meaning a very well-preserved collectible with several minor manufacturing or handling defects. The population report for this grade is 5, with none graded higher, making this book the most pristine copy in existence!

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Top 10 Fastest-Growing NFL Rookie Cards This Week

Week 1 of the NFL season is officially in the books and it’s time to look at which rookie cards of active players benefitted the most from on-the-field play.

To construct this list, I used data from Cardladder. To make this list, a card needed to have a minimum value of $250, and I used just 1 rookie card per player. All positional players were considered for the list, but the fastest-growing cards after week 1 happened to all be quarterbacks. 

1. Tom Brady 2000 Upper Deck Star Rookie Base #254 PSA 10 – $10,300 (+71.68%)
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Tom Brady is 44 years old but it did not show on the field Thursday night after he led the Tampa Bay Bucs to a victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Brady earned a 93.0 PFF grade in Week 1, the highest of any Quarterback. 

On September 8th, a 2000 Upper Deck Star Rookie Base PSA 10 (pop 156)  sold for $6,000 and by September 12th, it sold for $10,300. 

Brady has 7 Super Bowl rings and his cards appreciated in value significantly in 2021. It’s hard to say whether or not his cards are selling at prices that have built-in an eighth championship, but it will be fun to continue watching him defy his age this season.

2. Jalen Hurts 2020 Prizm Base #343 PSA 10 – $325 (+67.09%)
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Jalen Hurts and the Eagles silenced a lot of doubters this Sunday with a dominant 32-6 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Hurts was graded 89.5 by PFF after posting a 77.1% completion rate with 264 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and 62 rushing yards. 

His Prizm Rookie PSA 10 base card sold for $325 on 9/13 after selling for $197.25 just two days earlier. 

Toward the end of February, this card hit a high of $525, likely with the rumors of a Cason Wentz trade, which would give way to Hurts becoming the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback. 

The card has a population of 335, up from 207 in early June. 

3. Kyler Murray 2019 Prizm Red White & Blue #301 PSA 10 – $576.33 (+65.17%)
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Kyler Murray dominated the Tennesee Titans on Sunday, throwing 4 passing touchdowns and rushing for a touchdown. Murray’s 2019 Prizm Red White & Blue sold for $576.33 on 9/12, a jump from a $344 sale on 9/11. 

This card has a population of 185, up from 171 in June. Murray is a player to keep an eye on this season both with his dual-threat ability and further rapport with top wide receiver Deandre Hopkins. 

Murray’s rookie cards peaked in late September of 2020 (this particular card sold for $948 on 9/24/2020) and it will be fun to see if he keeps up this play and if his rookie cards hit the same trend. 

4. Justin Herbert 2020 Prizm Silver #325 PSA 9 – $699.95 (+29.23%)
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Justin Herbert was the most hyped rookie quarterback after the 2020 season and his card prices reflected that with his Prizm Silver PSA 10 hitting $6,200 in April of 2021. 

Herbert received an 84.7 PFF grade for his week 1 performance after defeating the Washington Football team 20-16. 

His Prizm Silver PSA 9 sold for $699.95 on 9/12, just 3 days after a $545 sale. 
This card peaked at $1,110 in April and expectations are high to see Herbert build off of his offensive rookie of the year campaign from 2020.

5. Jameis Winston 2015 Prizm Base #244 PSA 10 – $285 (+24.05%)
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Jameis Winston played the Green Bay Packers and reigning NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers, on Sunday. Winston finished with 5 touchdowns to 0 interceptions, while Rodgers threw two picks and didn’t find the end-zone once. 

Winston is a former #1 overall draft pick who has an opportunity to shine in New Orleans now that Drew Brees is retired. 

This card sold for $285 on 9/11 after selling for $228.50 just two days earlier. It’s worth mentioning that the card hit $300 on 8/29 off the heals of his announcement as the Saints starting quarterback two days earlier.

6. Sam Darnold 2018 Optic Downtown #DT11 PSA 9 – $299 (+22.57%)
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Sam Darnold finds himself on a new team this season but got the chance to open Week 1 against the Jets, his former team. Darnold threw for a touchdown and rushed for a touchdown to lead the Panthers to a 19-14 win over the Jets. 

His 2018 Optic Downtown has a population of just 26 and sold for $299.99 on 9/12. The card has been steadily rising in value since October of last year when it sold for just $64.

7. Dak Prescott 2016 Prizm Silver #231 PSA 10 – $884 (+20.27%)
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Dak Prescott is back from an ankle injury that left him sidelined for the majority of the 2020 season. Despite losing to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Prescott threw for over 400 yards with 3 touchdowns to 1 interception. 

This card sold for $884 on 9/13. The card did hit nearly $1,200 in August with the excitement leading up to the season. The Dallas Cowboys have a high-powered offense with plenty of quality receivers for Prescott to keep putting up big numbers. 

The NFC East was a mess last year, but perhaps the Cowboys have a shot at winning the division and making a playoff run. 

8. Joe Burrow 2020 Prizm Red White & Blue #307 PSA 10 – $490 (+17.81%)
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Joe Burrow is back in action after an ACL injury and his Red, White & Blue Prizm PSA 10 rookie card sold for $490.24 on 9/12. This card hit $875 on August 23rd, before dipping to $416.11 on 9/11. The card has a population of 233 copies and Burrow took the Bengals to an overtime victory over the Minnesota Vikings this past Sunday. 

Burrow threw for 261 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Vikings.

9. Deshaun Watson 2017 Prizm #279 PSA 10 – (+16.30%)
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Deshaun Watson didn’t see any action on the field this week but his rookie Prizm PSA 10 went up in value slightly. The card itself is a refractor, but it’s important to keep in mind that there were no base cards in 2017 Prizm football. This card has a population of 2,224 and sold for $535 on 9/13, perhaps in anticipation of a trade to a new team. 

This card sold for over $1,300 in February after a season where Watson threw for 4,823 yards and 33 touchdowns. 

10. Russell Wilson 2012 Prizm Base (Towel Down) #230 PSA 9 – $378 (+16.17%)
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Russell Wilson threw for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 28-16 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Wilson and the Seahawks struggled a bit last year and there were rumors that he wanted out of the organization, but that doesn’t take away from his top-tier talent. 

2012 was the first year of Prizm Football and Wilson’s towel-down Prizm variation has a population of 342. A PSA 9 copy of the card sold for $377.56 on 9/13 after hitting a pre-season low of $262 in mid-August. 

In late September of last year, this card sold for $949.99. 

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10 Under-the-Radar NFL Players Whose Cards to Look Out for on eBay

The NFL is back and stadiums across the league are packed with fans cheering on their teams for the first time in two years. There’s nothing quite like opening day when every team is tied for first place and optimistic fans can dream of a Super Bowl run…even if only for one week. 

When the dust settled, some intriguing names stood out on the stat lines as previously under-the-radar players that I think might be worth taking a flyer on in the football card market. Below is my list of the top three quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs, as well as one tight end that is currently the most undervalued at their positions.   

1. QB Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
Week 1 Stat Line: 14/20 – 148 yards – 5 td’s – 0 int’s – 37 rushing yards – Rating 130.8
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“Famous Jameis” is among the more polarizing players in the entire league, known as much for “crab legs” and becoming a meme with his “eat a W” pregame speech as he is for throwing for over 5,000 yards in his final season in Tampa. The former first overall draft pick finds himself in a great spot running Sean Payton’s offense in the Big Easy, and he could be poised to go on a deep playoff run. The Saints defense looks elite and their offense has superstars Alvin Kamara in his prime and Michael Thomas set to come off of IR in week seven. 

On July 28th, his 2015 Prizm Silver PSA 10 rookie was selling for just $275. One sold right after the opener for $800. It’ll be fun to watch how Jameis’ market plays out if he continues to put up these types of numbers and the Saints continue to win.

2. QB Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
17/25 – 314 yards – 1 td’s – 0 int’s – Rating 124.2
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“Jimmy G” is in a very difficult situation in San Francisco. He’s the 49ers starter (for now) but has 2021 first-round pick, Trey Lance, on the bench waiting for his opportunity. However, the Niners are healthy and appear to be a real contender in the NFC, with legit weapons throughout the roster (more on some of them below) and offensive mastermind Kyle Shanahan as head coach. 

Whether or not Garoppolo is able to hold on to the job all season remains to be seen, but if he continues to put up similar performances like he did against the Lions, how could they possibly bench him? 

His rookie cards are wildly inexpensive, with his 2014 Prizm PSA 10 base rookies selling for about $35 and the silver PSA 10s going for about $150. To be able to get the starting quarterback of a contending team’s rookie cards at these prices is certainly intriguing. The upside will be limited—as his future clearly isn’t in San Francisco—but there’s very little downside. If you believe that the Niners are poised for a deep run, it might be a good play to scoop up a few of his cards.  

3. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Denver Broncos
28/36 – 264 yards – 2 td’s – 0 int’s – Rating 115.7
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Teddy is one of the easiest guys to root for in the entire NFL, after going through one of the most gruesome injuries imaginable and bouncing around from team to team. The former Vikings, Jets, Saints and Panthers quarterback is now the Broncos starter and kicked off his career in Denver in style, beating the Giants on the road and putting up an impressive stat line in the process. 

How good Denver will be remains to be seen and the odds of them even making the playoffs seem slim. But if Teddy can string together a few more performances like he did in the opener, you could see a nice little bump in the price of his cards. With a week two matchup in Jacksonville and then their home opener in week three against the Jets, it’s not a stretch to say that the Broncos could be looking at a 3-0 start, and Teddy could be one of the best stories in the league at that point. 

I’m a buyer at these prices

4. WR Deebo Samuel, San Francisco 49ers
9 catches – 189 yards – 1 td
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After being out most of the 2020 season due to an injured foot, Deebo had a monster week one, finishing second in the entire NFL in receiving yards and catching a 79-yard touchdown pass in the process. 

The 2019 second-round draft pick appears poised to have a huge season, but the only question is whether or not he can stay healthy. His 2019 Prizm PSA 10 base rookie sold shortly after the game for $61 and a PSA 10 silver can be had for around $150.

5. WR Corey Davis, New York Jets
5 catches – 97 yards – 2 td
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What a start to Davis’ Jets career. The former Titans’ first-round draft pick signed to New York this offseason for three years, $37.5 million, and the early returns were very positive. The Jets lost to the Panthers, but top draft pick QB Zach Wilson and Corey Davis got off to a flying start, connecting in the end zone twice. 

Davis was named the 91st best player in the 2021 “Top 100 Players” rankings by the NFL Network, so he isn’t completely under the radar. However, he appears poised to become an absolute star in New York as a true No. 1 receiver. 

The prices of his cards are still very inexpensive, with even his National Treasures true RPAs /99 selling for just $50. If you want to get some Corey Davis cards, the time is now before he puts up a few more of these performances. 

6. WR DJ Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars
3 catches – 86 yards – 1 td
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The Jaguars’ top receiver is in a contract year and looking to recreate (or even surpass) his 2019 season, during which he was named a Pro Bowler. He didn’t play in any of the preseason games—so this was his first game catching passes from star rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence—and the early returns were good. 

One of his National Treasures true RPAs /99 sold the other day for $152, and there seems to be some upside if he and Trevor continue to connect in the end zone on a weekly basis. 

7. RB Antonio Gibson, Washington
20 carries – 90 yards
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Antonio Gibson has been on my radar all off-season—and he didn’t disappoint in week one. While Washington took a loss in their first game, there’s a lot of reason for optimism. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with an early hip injury, giving way to backup Taylor Heinicke, who’s played well every chance he’s been given.

While Gibson shined as a rookie last year, running for 795 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 14 games, the potential is there for him to become a star for the Washington offense. 

His card prices are relatively high compared to some of the other people on this list, but that’s because he’s already had a breakout season of sorts, and is much less “under the radar.” You can still snag a National Treasures true RPA /99 for around $300$400 depending on how nice the patch is. I think there’s still a lot of upside in the Gibson market. 

8. RB Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers
19 carries – 104 yards – 1 td
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Mitchell stepped in for Raheem Mostert, who went down with an injury early in the game. The 2021 sixth-round pick out of Louisiana went on to break a week one rookie record, running for 104 yards and a touchdown in a win against the Lions.

There really aren’t too many Elijah Mitchell cards out there yet outside of ones in his college uniform—and Mostert is slated to come back in about 8 weeks—so being patient here is likely the best play. But if you think you’ve seen enough to buy some of his cards right now, the price is certainly right.

9. RB Damien Harris, New England Patriots
23 carries – 100 yards
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Harris had a big day until his fumble late in the fourth quarter deep in Miami territory cost the Patriots the game. With that said, his 23 carries shows that head coach Bill Belichick thinks of him as the bell cow in the Patriots’ young offense. How long that’ll be the case if he continues to fumble remains to be seen. 

His cards are extremely inexpensive. You can even find some fun rookie autos like this one for under $50. If you think he can hold on to the No. 1 running back job and that the Patriots will go on a bit of a run, he might be an interesting play. 

10. TE TJ Hockenson, Detroit Lions
8 catches – 97 yards – 1 td
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TJ Hockenson was selected in the first round of the 2019 draft by the Lions and his career got off to a slow start. He only played in 12 games as a rookie, catching just 32 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns. 

He had a much more productive season in 2020, logging 67 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns, leading some to speculate that a full-on breakout was coming in 2021. For at least one week, they were correct. 

Hockenson has quickly become new Lions’ quarterback Jared Goff’s favorite weapon; the two connected on 8 of 10 targets, once in the end zone. However, Hockenson is a tight end, a position that doesn’t typically command much interest in the card market. Also, the Lions’ season doesn’t look promising, so it’s not as if he’ll have many opportunities to shine on the big stage like fellow tight ends Travis Kelce and George Kittle. That doesn’t necessarily make buying his cards a bad play—just keep in mind that there’s limited upside. 

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Ahead of The Baseball Playoffs, You Should Look Out For These 10 Cards

The MLB Playoffs are a little over 1 month away and as the remaining games of the season shape the final contenders list, we are going to look at 10 players to keep an eye on leading up to the postseason. Because the final playoff picture is still uncertain, this list is based on team projections from FiveThirtyEight and the player price index feature offered Cardladder

Keep in mind, this is not a comprehensive list and there’s no ranking logic here. It’s simply a list of 10 quality players on teams that have a  significant chance at making the playoffs. 

1. Mookie Betts RF – Los Angeles Dodgers
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According to FiveThirtyEight, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a 67% chance of winning their division and a 29% chance of winning the World Series (the highest of any team so far) despite being 0.5 game back from the San Francisco Giants. 

Betts has struggled with some injuries this season, but that may hint at a buying opportunity if he can stay healthy: 

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His overall card market is down 24% this month and 4% in the past week. 

While it may be counterintuitive, buying while prices are going down could be a way to get a deal in anticipation of a healthy finish to the rest of the regular season and a World Series run:

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It’s important to look at population data when evaluating Betts’ cards, as well as identifying his key rookie cards, but for a star player on a World Series caliber team, he’s worth looking into. 

2. Wander Franco – SS – Tampa Bay Rays
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Franco is just 20 years old but he’s already impressing and currently holds a streak of getting on base in 31 straight games. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Tampa Bay Rays have a 96% chance of winning their division and a 16% chance of winning the World Series. 

Franco’s cards have been trending up lately, but only by small percentages:

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Some of his cards have decreased in value, while others have remained stagnant. If he continues to perform and the Rays do have a World Series run, he is a player to look out for.

3. Freddie Freeman – 1B – Atlanta Braves
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Freeman was ranked 4th on MLB’s top 100 2021 players list and the Atlanta Braves have a 79% chance of making the playoffs with a 6% chance of winning the World Series. 

Freeman’s cards have been on an upswing, but if the Braves do make the playoffs, it could be a catalyst for the growth of his cards:

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Because the MLB playoff picture is still being determined, this could be a riskier bet as the Braves lead the Phillies by just 2.5 games and there’s still a 21% chance they don’t make the postseason. 

4. Christian Yelich – OF – Milwaukee Brewers
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Yelich landed in the 9th stop on the top 100 MLB players and the Brewers have a 10% chance at winning the World Series. Yelich has been struggling this season, but is starting to perform as of late. 

His card prices are down 7.73% this month as well:

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In a lot of ways, struggling this season may have created a buying opportunity if you believe he will play well in the postseason. A few cards have dropped in price nearly 10%: 

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The Milwaukee Brewers are just 1 of 8 teams on FiveThirtyEight’s projections that have more than a 2% chance of winning the World Series.

Keep in mind that a 6% chance of winning the title is anything but a sure thing.

5. Corey Seager – SS – Los Angeles Dodgers
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Seager was ranked 24th on the top 100 MLB players list and despite being injured earlier in the season, he’s back in the line-up on the team favored to win the World Series. 

There’s limited data on his card sales, but they’ve been trending downward the past month. 

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Injury may have kept Seager out of the spotlight, but he’s a player to keep an eye on if the Dodgers make a run at the World Series. 

6. Luis Robert – OF – Chicago White Sox
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According to FiveThirtyEight, the White Sox have a 6% chance of winning the World Series. Despite ranking 94th on the top 100 MLB players list, Robert’s cards have increased in price lately: 

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The rise in his card prices could be due to his performance, but there are cards that have been trending down in value slightly: 

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Robert has led the White Sox in important stat categories and could have a significant impact during a playoff run. 

7. Rafael Devers – 3B – Boston Red Sox
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Devers landed in the 65th spot on the MLB top 100 players list and has hit 32 home runs so far this season. The Boston Red Sox have a 57% chance of making the playoffs and a 2% chance of winning the World Series. 

Keep in mind that the 24 hour volume of tracked sales is low for his cards, but they are down 19% this past month: 

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The postseason could bring some surprises and this is a dark horse pick for those looking at players who may have dipped significantly given the playoff race chances. 

The Red Sox are far from a playoff lock, but this is a fun player to look at on a team that could sneak its way into the postseason. 

8. Gleyber Torres – SS – New York Yankees
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Torres ranked 64th on the MLB Top 100 Players list and is on a team with a 93% chance to make the playoffs and a 7% chance at winning the World Series. He’s been injured as of late but is nearing a return to action. He should be back in time for the postseason. 

Certain cards of his have seen increases this week, likely with the news of his imminent return from injury:

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His game does have its weaknesses, so keep that in mind as you are browsing, but he’s a good player with potential on a team set to make a playoff run.

9. Yordan Álvarez – OF – Houston Astros
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The Houston Astros have a 94% chance of winning their division and a 13% chance of winning the World Series. While Álverez didn’t make the top 100 list of MLB players, he has hit 28 home runs this year and has a .346 on base percentage. 

Some over his cards have seen a value appreciation over the past week:

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His power hitting performance this season could bode well for his card prices in the playoff spotlight. 

10. Aaron Judge – OF – New York Yankees
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According to FiveThirtyEight, the New York Yankees have a 93% chance of making the playoffs and a 7% chance of winning the World Series. Judge has hit 29 home runs this season with a .277 batting average. 

His card index is up 30.45% for the month but is down 2.72% weekly:

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The Yankees just wrapped up a 13 game winning streak and have strong momentum leading up to the playoffs.