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
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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
3. 2019 Kyler Murray Panini Prizm RC #301
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
We are betting on another repeat performance or very close to.
5. 2012 Anthony Davis Panini Prizm RC #236
Another great NBA Title win play.
6. 2016 Fernando Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome Prospect RC #FT
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
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
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
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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
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.
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?
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