6 Best Rookie Cards to Invest in 2021 (Increase Your ROI)


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We’ve identified six modern, young players whose rookie cards are a must-add to your sports card investment portfolio. Here is number one.

Top Rookie Card To Invest 2021


Luka Doncic Rookie Cards


Luka Doncic Rookie Card Value

He’s clearly the real deal, so it’s no surprise that Luka rookie cards are one of our best have investments in regards to modern sports cards.

Not only is Luka still only 22 years old but many experts feel he is better at that age than LeBron at the same point in his career. Luka is a screaming buy, and please have at least two or, better yet, three of his rookie cards in the risk portion of your sports card investment portfolio.

Keep reading to discover the final four recommendations.

As 2021 moves along, the collectible market tosses in a few curveballs. While vintage and certain SP/Parallel type modern rookie cards remain somewhat intact, the base rookie card market is starting to fall (not all but some big names base RC’s have seen a value lost).

We feel the following rookie cards have an excellent chance of seeing profit as long as the players can maintain their current form or build from the previous year. And remember to invest for the long haul (5 to 20 years) and not for a short-term flip.

Best Sports Cards to Buy in 2021

The list contains six of the best sports card investments for 2021, listed in no particular order. And remember we are not currently recommending base rookie card purchases of these cards.

PLEASE NOTE: This list will focus on specific players and their rookie cards from 2017 to 2021 only. If you wish to obtain specific sports card investments that should have a tremendous ROI in the long term please read: Best Sports Cards To Invest In Now 


2020 Justin Herbert Rookie Cards

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Best Rookie Cards 2021

Justin Herbert had one of the best rookie seasons of all time by an NFL QB, and he is only going to get better, much better in our opinion, moving forward.

Between Luka and Herbert, you could have two up-and-coming GOATS.

We are investing a good amount of the riskier portion of our investments into these two phenoms, and Luka only won the number one spot by a hair over the more than capable Herbert.


2017 Ronald Acuna Rookie Cards

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Just in case yall didn’t know Ronald Acuna Jr. has officially overtaken the number one spot in baseball from the former #1 Mike Trout.

Only 23 years old. Enough said. Invest in his 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects or his 2018 Topps Update and thank us in 15 years.


2020 LaMelo Ball Rookie Cards

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This play is a little more risk but has a huge payoff potential.

Before LaMelo went down with an injury we thought he might challenge Luka for the best rookie season in the last decade.

We think this Ball pans out, and in a major way.


2016 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards

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Top Sports Cards to Invest in 2021

Back in January 2021, we wrote an article entitled “Have We Lost Faith In Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RCs?”.

In the article, we discussed how Vlad Jr. has not lived up to his lofty expectations and as his rookie card values drop are we (contact Gold Card Auctions) losing faith in his ability to be a Super Star.

Here is how we ended the article:

For us, we believe in Vlad Jr. and think he could make the all-star game this season (2021) as he hits for both power”

Now let’s hope he can continue this insane run that has him at the top of just about every fantasy baseball league in the United States.

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2020 Joe Burrow Rookie Cards

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See Justin Herbert. His career could follow a similar path and they may develop an epic rivalry, not unlike Manning vs. Brady. One can only dream.


6 Best Sports Cards to Invest in 2021: Summary and Investment Outlook

There are a number of good sports card investments that have the potential to make a profit over the next 12 months.

Of course, there is an element of a risk considering they’re all young sports stars, but they’ve already begun to make a mark on their respective sports in some shape or form.

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As always, we’d recommend sticking to PSA 10, PSA 9, BGS 10, BGS 9.5 when possible. The cards mentioned above are all recent releases, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to find copies that have achieved a mint seal of approval.

Sports Card Investor - Trusted, sports card investor dedicated to maximizing sports card portfolio profits. Part-time contributor to Chicago Tribune.com, NBC Chicago.com, www.espn.com, wsj.com, and the Washington Times.com.


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