We’re entering into the dog days of collecting- the preseason hype has faded in baseball, football is in full offseason mode, and basketball will be on summer vacation next month. Although things are slowing down, this is the ideal time to swoop up on some opportunistic deals. That card that you have been wanting for quite some time may not be readily available on eBay or the forums, but if you keep a keen eye on those avenues, you may get that PC card for a steal. During off-peak periods, there will undoubtedly be collectors looking to unload cards that typically sell for substantially more during peak periods, such as preseason baseball or postseason football. It may take some time before you realize a substantial gain on your purchase, but off-peak periods are filled with golden opportunities to help you trade up in the future for other cards you might want in-season. Although you would pay a premium for that in-season purchase, in real dollars you would be giving up less because you had the foresight to buy/trade low during off-peak times! Think of it as another form of the foreign exchange market- you’re hoping that the currency your getting at a low rate will be more powerful in the future to gain more of a future currency of your desire.
Here are three candidates you may want to look into investing now before their values really get out of hand:
I know what you’re thinking- didn’t Kemp realize his peak already this season? Possibly, but with Kemp on the DL, his cards have already started to decrease. Kemp’s peak values barely had time to snowball until his untimely hamstring injury. Assuming he returns to at least close to optimal health, Kemp should continue on his torrid pace prior to his injury. His team has much to play for and with Andre Ethier bouncing back this year, Kemp has the protection he needs to see pitches he can hit. Expect Kemp to be motivated to lead his team to the division title and garner that MVP trophy that he felt he deserved last year.
There are plenty of steals to be had during the doldrums of the football offseason but the signs are there for Stafford to make an even greater leap this upcoming season. Finding his top rookie autos, such as National Treasures, SP Authentic and Exquisite, are not easy to come by, but the few that have sold recently have held in value compared to playoff time. If values are strong now, there’s no telling what levels they will achieve once the hype starts forming again during training camp.
Let’s face it- Love is a monster on the hardwood. Every time he plays, he is an automatic double-double, and not of the cheap variety either. Love’s SPA and Exquisite saw a huge increase in value this past season and if not for a freak concussion that shelved him for much of the latter part of the season, would have spiked more. Minnesota was a surprise contender for a playoff spot up until Ricky Rubio and Love got hurt, so promising days are ahead for the franchise. This will only help to contribute to Love’s values.
3-Down coming soon…
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