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


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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 bi-weekly.


1. 2013 Giannis Antetokounmpo Panini Prizm Rookie Card #290 (buy on eBay)

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The Greek Freak could be in store for a long playoff run and maybe even an NBA championship series… if so his rookie cards will sky-rocket


2. 2018 Luis Robert Bowman Chrome Prospects RC #21 (buy on eBay)

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We said a month ago “his 2018 Bowman Chrome rookie card is really undervalued based on where he will be a year from now :)”… if you bought a month ago you are up a nice tidy profit… we still like it to go even higher… cheers!


3. 2017 Aaron Judge Topps Rookie Card #287 (buy on eBay)

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Judge is proving he might just be the King of New York this year… a World Series MVP would send all of his rookie cards to the moon and back… let’s just hope the MLB can hold on to the season.


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

Donruss Optic Lamar Jackson

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

With the NFL season starting in a couple of months were moving a ton of chips in on a repeat performance from Lamar Jackson… another MVP is 100% in the cards and if he can make or win the Superbowl… BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!


5. 2018 Michael Porter Jr. Panini Prizm RC #32 (buy on eBay)

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Porter Jr. is really developing in something to watch in the NBA and could be a future star in the making… if the Nuggets don’t go deep into the NBA playoffs this card might become an even better buy.


6. 2019 Wander Franco Bowman Chrome RC #BCP-100 (buy on eBay)

Wander Franco Bowman Chrome

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!


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

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

2018 Topps Bat Down Ronald Acuna Jr.

We moved this card down the list a few spots due to his slow start but still think its a great investment.


9. Alexander Ovechkin 2005 Upper Deck Young Guns #443 (buy on eBay)

Alexander Ovechkin Young Guns

Our first ever hockey card to make the list!

The NHL playoffs will be gearing up in a month or so and Ovie could make another deep run… if so his Young Guns card will go up, up, UP!


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

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If the Horners can make the playoffs and Zion performs BIG in the spotlight you will be lad your holding a few of these.


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??


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