Gold Card Auctions Hot 10 (Must-Own Rookie Cards)


Gold Card Auctions Hot 10

Here, we are going to discuss the hottest sports card investments in the hobby that are primed for a big, juicy return on investment (ROI) over the next 12 months.

We like to think of these cards as having a slightly higher risk compared to traditional high-end rookie cards (i.e. Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 Upper Deck) but have a much higher potential ROI.

Please note these are short-term recommendations that are meant to be sold within 12 months of purchase. Also, we list specific cards but any of the player rookie cards should be a good buy (email us if you have questions about a card before buying).

For long term investments check out our “Best Sports Card To Buy Right Now“.

If a player has been on the Gold Card Auctions Hot 10 list for 5 or more weeks in a row we will automatically remove them in order to get some fresh meat into the game 🙂

This list will be updated monthly.


1. 2012 Kawhi Leonard Panini Prizm RC #209 (buy on eBay)

kawhi leonard prizm rookie

Kawhi has a great chance to win another NBA title and even if he doesn’t his Prizm rookie card is still a great long term investment… so you either buy and sell (quick flip) OR hold for a long term investment… either way a true win-win.


2. 2003 LeBron James Topps Chrome RC #111 (buy on eBay)

Gold Card Auctions Hot 10

See above.


3. 2019 Kyler Murray Panini Prizm RC #301 (buy on eBay)

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This kid is already an MVP favorite in his second year and we are buying in BIG TIME… unlike Baker, we think this kid flourishes in his second year.


4. 2018 Lamar Jackson Panini Donruss Optic #167 (buy on eBay)

Donruss Optic Lamar Jackson

We are betting on another repeat performance or very close to.


5. 2012 Anthony Davis Panini Prizm RC #236 (buy on eBay)

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Another great NBA Title win play.


6. 2016 Fernando Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome Prospect RC #FT (buy on eBay)

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The best player in baseball in 2020… we thought he would be good but not this good… buy, buy, BUY 🙂


7. 2011 Mike Trout Topps Update RC #US175 (buy on eBay)

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Back on the Gold Card Auctions Hot 10 List for the second time in its very short existence… only one other card has done this and it’s below at #8


8. 2017 Ronald Acuna Jr. Bowman Chrome Prospect RC #BCP127 (buy on eBay)

2017 Bowman Chrome Hobby Box Cody ronald acuna jr

The Trout rookie card above and the 2017 Bowman Acuna Jr. rookie card here were our first major purchases once we got back into the hobby in 2018 (we sleep very well at night with these investments).


9. 2018 Josh Allen Panini Prizm RC #205 (buy on eBay)

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We are very high on Allen headed into 2020… a decent amount of risk as he is not proven but with risk comes a BIG ROI.


10. 2019 Zion Williamson Panini Prizm Rookie Card #248 (buy on eBay)

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Zion is going to have a big 2021 and right now will probably be the lowest price you will see his cards for a while.


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, sophomore slump, etc).

Having a sports card portfolio consisting of some of the cards on the Gold Card Auctions Hot 10 list combined with high-end rookie cards that are pretty much already priced in (i.e. Ty Cobb, Griffey Jr. rookie cards, Michael Jordan rookie cards) is the way to go.

What do you think? Did we reach on anyone or leave anyone off?

Comment below!

Thanks for reading and for the support.


    • 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


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