Gold Card Auctions Hot 7 Rookie Cards (2022)

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Gold Card Auctions Hot #1

2000 Tom Brady Bowman Chrome RC


No change.
Brady is the GOAT of the NFL.

A story about Tom Brady that personifies his greatness. Charles Barkley said he recently played golf with Tom Brady.

When he showed up a man was running wind sprints in the parking lot. He got closer and saw it was Tom.

Barkley said Tom WTF are you doing (or along those lines) and Tom said I’m missing training to play today so while waiting I’m knocking out some sprints. #NFLGOAT


Gold Card Auctions Hot #1A

1979 Wayne Gretzky OPC RC


No change.
“The Great One” is the GOAT of the NHL.

A relatable story about Wayne Gretzky great yet humble. It is well documented Gretzky enjoys St. Louis, MO, and has reportedly moved back.

Anyways a few years back when he was visiting he and his son-in-law Dustin Johnston visited a nice, but open to the general public driving range in Kirkwood/Des Peres, MO.

Dustin was reportedly in flip-flops and hitting off astroturf (which is another great story altogether) while Gretzky couldn’t have been more down to earth and friendly to the bystanders who approached him.

Not only is Wayne Gretzky the GOAT of the NHL but is a real rarity and has a down-to-earth, non-judging personality. You can actually listen to a hilarious but down-to-earth take on this event with the TMA St. Louis Radio Show (starts at 4 minutes 20 seconds in). #NHLGOAT


Gold Card Auctions Hot #1AA

1986 Michael Jordan Fleer RC


No change.
MJ is the GOAT of the NBA.

An inspiring story about Michael Jordan. As previously reported, MJ is no stranger to failure. Perhaps the biggest failure that went on to define the person he is today, arrived when he was still in high school.

He was cut from the varsity basketball team because he wasn’t good and tall enough. This type of news would probably destroy any teenager’s dream of becoming a professional basketball player.

Most would probably give up and try something different. Imagine if at that moment Jordan would’ve decided that basketball was simply not for him. What did he do instead? He wiped his tears and practiced until he became good enough.

He didn’t let his coach decide his future career. From a young age, he understood that failure doesn’t define a person, but the power to get up and try again. – GoalCast Michael Jordan life lessons on failure #NBAGOAT


Gold Card Auctions Hot #2: Justin Herbert RCs


We truly believe the NFL is grooming Herbert to be the next Brady. We would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to see a Bucs vs Chargers Superbowl.


Gold Card Auctions Hot #3: Patrick Mahomes RC


Mahomes and KC are back and are looking deadlier than ever. Wouldn’t be shocked to see a KC vs Bucs rematch in a few months.

Gold Card Auctions Hot #4: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RCs


He will win the MVP next year if healthy and the Blue Jays could very well go to the WS. They are LOADED.

Gold Card Auctions Hot #5: Joe Burrow RCs


We think Burrow could be Herbert’s Manning or Rodgers. The kid is super talented but not sure he is with the right organization to win a ton.


Gold Card Auctions Hot #6: Max Scherzer RCs


This guy is a guaranteed first-ballot HoF in our opinion. Great investment going forward.


Gold Card Auctions Hot #7: Tyler O’Neill RCs


Cards are a serious WS contender next year with possibly the greatest defensive outfield the MLB has ever bourn witness to. Would not be surprised one ounce if he wins the NL MVP next year and maybe WS MVP.


Sorry guys only seven this month but we’re not going to make up three more just to match the article title ha. See ya in the new year with an update!

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Gold Card Auctions Hot 10 (Hot Rookie Cards) -Investment Advice

Loading up on a few of these cards is a solid sports card investment strategy.

We wouldn’t go out and buy every card on the list as there is a decent degree of risk associated with each card (i.e. injuries, prolonged slump, etc).

We recommend having a mix of the cards shown above to go along with high-end graded (PSA 10, BGS 9.5) sports cards consisting of HOF players (i.e. Ty Cobb, Gretzky, Mantle, Tom Brady, Jordan, etc.).

An ideal weighted portfolio would be 20% from the list above along with 80% HOF players. You can adjust it as you wish.

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For example, if you are younger and want to take on a higher degree of wish up the 20% to 30% or 40% (going any higher would be pushing it) and lowering the high-end graded HOF players cards to 70% or 60%.

Please note sports cards should be a smaller percent of your overall investment portfolio.

Pro-Tip: We like the following mix 70% ETFs (i.e. QQQ, SPY) | 15% HOF Caliber Player PSA 10 or BGS 9.5 cards | 10% from Gold Card Auctions Hot 10 List | 5% cash/bonds

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    • Tatis Jr. has a ton of upside… if take his numbers from last year and put them into a full season… WOW… some experts are calling for a regression based on some sort of new stat they keep track of… we think he is going to have a BIG year.

    • Hey Mark, Yoan is 100% undervalued but yes we like Eloy more than Yoan BUT both are great value plays 🙂

  1. What are your thoughts on investing a few bucks in Sam Darnold rookies? I bought a few of the 2018 donruss #301 as a shot in the dark due to how inexpensive they are right now.

    Thank you for your time. Great info on your site! Learning a ton.

    • Hey, Andrew thanks for reaching out… so… Sam Darnold rookie cards… he has increased both his QBR and touchdown passes in the last 2 years and should do so again… Buying a few of his rookie cards is a good bet especially due to how cheap they are … cheers!

  2. Would it be a smart idea to invest in a SSP Michael porter jr? Side question, is a gold prizm worth more than a gold prizm auto?

    • Michael Porter Jr. is a pretty good investment as he should eventually develop and enters his prime… there are better investments but if you like him go ahead and buy his rookie card as it should increase in value as he matures… cheers!

  3. Thoughts on jhon diaz investment?? Supposed to be the #2 behind Dominguez also out of Dominican. Yankees were all in on him and didn’t have enough cash in the pool. Wondering being the trout rookie auto went for that record $$, even if you have a 1/99 auto of one of these young guns what kind of money would you have on your hands if they are the next trout??

    • Both have a TON of upside but also have a ton of risk… you can either invest in them and then sell right before they get called up for a hefty ROI… or go all in and hold on to them and pray they are all-stars some day… we like Jesus slightly more than Puason…. cheers!

  4. Hey, is 2019 Zion Williamson Panini Prizm Rookie Card #248 investement worth it for the long run? I have seen some PSA 9 Gem Mint for 240 dollars on ebay and I was thinkg about buying one. What do you think guys?!
    Keep up the good work!

    • if you think he can have a somewhat injury free career then yes BUT if chronic injuries plague him year in year out then no… were on the fence… Zion is a beast but we think he is going to be injured a lot

  5. What’s your thoughts on Bol Bol? I’ve gotten a few Prizms and Prizm optics for really cheap. I feel he’s got a good chance to at least make an all rookie team next year. Just being a Denver Nugget player and only playing a few games in the bubble he’s really flying under the radar. But this kid look like he has a ton of potential.

  6. What are your thoughts on two cards: 1985 Jordan Nike Promo and Wayne Gretzky’s 1979 Edmonton Oiler postcard which was very limited as alternatives to their well known rookie cards? Thanks

  7. Where can I buy paini prizm when they drop. I been trying to buy the hobby boxes when they drop but they sell out quick. Any where else other then the paini store.

  8. How bullish are yall on Alvin Kamara without Brees in 2021? I have my eye on a few of his high end rookies, but wanted your thoughts first.

  9. Hey was wondering have a 1000 to spend, would you recommend which option 1. Luka prizm rookie psa 10/2. Acuna bowman chrome psa 10 and Zion prizm psa 10 3. Herbert panini mosaic and either Zion or Acuna or Joe burrow but which is burrow rc besides prizm?

    • are you deadset on those options? Base rookie cards are not fairing well currently and that money may be spent best elsewhere… BUT… if you are def going to buy one of the above options we would suggest 1 or 2 .. cheers

    • sure… if you want to play it super safe buy an old vintage baseball card for example a Babe Ruth 1932 Sanella Margarine SGC 4.5 recently sold for $1,075 or Mickey Mantle 1965 Topps #350 PSA 5.5 sold for $1,025 (there are a ton of old vintage graded cards on eBay like that, stick with a Big Name HOF like Mantle, Ruth, Musial, Williams)

      If you want to stick with modern era cards consider Ronald Acuna 2018 Topps Update Red & Blue Shirt SP ROOKIE RC #US250 (around $1090) or Juan Soto 2019 Topps Heritage Real One Rookie Card Red Ink AUTO /70 (around $1100).

      • Thanks so much I really appreciate it! I was wondering what you think about the Vladimir Guerrero 2018 panini donruss optic rated prospect signature, it’s going to about 480 and can prob get for 430-450ish? When you say variations this is what you mean correct? Do you think that is a good pick for long term or not really? Thanks again so much for all your help!!

      • Also last thing sorry I’ve been looking into the Juan Soto topps heritage and the best I can find right now is a Beckett 9.5 grade with 10 autograph and there charging 1500.00 which I know is way to much if I can get it for a 1000-1100 would you do it or just wait, thanks for all your help

  10. Can you give me some suggestions on a great card to buy in the 2000-2500 area, looking for a somewhat low pop am a big herbert fan,please let me know what you think thank you!

    • Hey Joe, big on Herbert as well… see if you can find any of these in your price range:
      PSA 10 unless noted otherwise…
      2020 Contenders Optic Teal Ticket rc /99
      2020 Panini Prizm Black And White Checker Prizm (note this would be a psa 9 grade to be under 2.5k)
      2020 Donruss Optic Auto /150 Rated Rookie
      2020 Contenders Optic Red Rookie Ticket #104
      2020 Immaculate Premium Rookie Patch Auto /14 (psa 9)
      2020 Panini Prizm Light Blue #325
      2020 Panini Absolute KABOOM!

      here are a few non-herbert selections:
      1909-11 T206 Cy Young GLOVE SHOWS PSA 4
      2018 Topps Bat Down Ronald Acuna Jr. ROOKIE RC #698
      1948 Leaf Babe Ruth #3 PSA 1
      2018-19 Panini Contenders International Ticket #126 Luka Doncic RC Auto RC


  11. Thanks so much I wonder out of all those do you have 1 favorite that you think as far as investment really stands out? Thanks again

    • Hey Todd, toss a couple of options at ya… Tom Brady Bowman Chrome RC, Ty Cobb T206 Red or Green Back, more modern? Luka Doncic Prizm RC (Luka more risk but more to gain)

  12. Hi there. Every week or so I’ve been blindly purchasing different MLB hobby/mega boxes (Chronicles, Optic, Diamond Kings, of course Topps, etc…) for $50-$150+. I’ve also gone off that track and invested in a Mike Trout signed jersey and 8×10 photo.
    But now I’m kind of “backed-up” with cards from 2018 to now.
    Should I stop this trend and invest in grading a few, keep going with autographed memorabilia here and there, or save for a little bit and get a graded card/memorabilia with a really “big-time” name from the past or present??
    I am lost and hopefully not at a loss…
    Thank you very much!

    • great question Paul, your fine… heres what I would do… sounds like you have a very nice collection of modern cards… you can either sell 30% off them or just keep them but start investing in older cards for diversification (or even older memorabilia if that’s your thing). The new stuff tends to do better when things are going good but they will also drop more in bad times (think of them as a tech stock). older cards are more like blue chip stocks as they hold up better to downturns in the card market. So if I were you I would go buy some Ty Cobb, Ruth, Wilt, basically any old HOF pre 1970. also note that the grades can be lower, for example we might go down to a psa 4 for a ty cobb red back.

  13. I think Juan Soto should be on any top 10 list without question. Oh, lets not forget about someone by the name of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Buy now and in 10 years you will wonder why you didn’t buy more of them.


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