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“.

This list will be updated weekly.


1.1985 Mark McGwire Topps USA Rookie Card #9 (buy on eBay)

Gold Card Auctions HOT 10

We previously had the 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout rookie card here but have determined that card may be overheating a tad.

With the upcoming ESPN McGwire – Sosa documentary we feel now is the time to buy McGwire rookie cards… look to sell during and after the doc has aired (Jordan rookie cards went up anywhere between 50% to 100% due to “The Last Dance”)


2. Patrick Mahomes 2017 Panini Donruss Optic #177 (buy on eBay)


Mahomes is the best Quarterback in the NFL and he is only 24 years old… the only question is how many more Super Bowls rings will he collect?


3. Luka Doncic 2018 Panini Prizm #280 (buy on eBay)

2018 Panini Prizm Luka Doncic

Luka (related: Luka Doncic Rookie Card) was the best rookie the NBA has seen since LeBron. In his sophomore season, he was averaging nearly a triple-double per game (28.7 pts, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists)!


4. Ronald Acuna Jr. 2018 Topps Series 2 Bat Down SSP #698 (buy on eBay)

2018 Topps Bat Down Ronald Acuna Jr.

This or the 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout rookie card has been the best investment in the past 12 months… the ROI over the past 12 months has been insane and we fully expect the trend to continue.


5. 2017 Deshaun Watson Panini Prizm #279 (buy on eBay)

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

We think Deshaun Watson is going to do BIG things this year… big numbers and a BIG playoff run… this very well could be the year he becomes a top 3 QB in the league.


6. 2018 Luis Robert Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor White Sox #LR (buy on eBay)

luis robert bowman chrome

His minor league’s stats were downright filthy! Luis Robert can downright rake and how do you not love that smile… his 2018 Bowman Chrome refractor cards are really undervalued based on where he will be a year from now 🙂 we particularly love the blue parallel as it uniquely blends perfectly with the black Whitesox hat…

Watch out White Sox fans! You have something special here!


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

019 Prizm 301 Kyler Murray

Kyler (check out the best Kyler Murray rookie cards) had 3,722 passing yards, 20 touchdown passes, and a completion rate of 63.4% in his rookie season… sign us up for a BIG 2020!


8. 2019 Drew Lock Donruss Optic Rookie Card #153 (buy on eBay)

drew lock gold card auctions hot 10

The next John Elway in Denver?

Well let’s not go that far but this kid has all the skills and could develop into a Pro-Bowl quarterback sooner rather than later.


9. 2016 Fernando Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome #BCP17 (buy on eBay)

gold card auctions hot 10 buy

If this kid can stay healthy… WATCH OUT… the Padres have something really special here and he might be better than their star Manny Machado already!


10. Wander Franco 2019 Bowman Chrome #BCP 100 (buy on eBay)

Bowman Chrome Prospects Wander Franco

This kid has been billed as the best MLB prospect of all time. Yes, his prospect scouting report numbers are even higher than Vlad Jr!


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 🙂


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