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February 14, 2022

Introducing our first Liquid Auctions Update. Your place to find market trends and insights, highlights of the investment-grade gems available in our upcoming auction, and a preview of some additional assets.

Auctions Info

Start date: Thursday, 2/17, 6pm PT / 9pm ET

Close date: Thursday, 2/24, 6pm PT / 9pm ET

Total number of investment-grade assets: 400

Fun Fact

Did you know? In 2013, Topps made the largest baseball card ever. A 60 foot by 90 foot card of Prince Fielder that was displayed on the field of the Detroit Tigers’ Spring Training facility in Lakeland, Florida. It will not be appearing in a Liquid Auction any time soon.

Market Trends

Before we dig into the analysis, let’s take a moment to congratulate the Los Angeles Rams on winning Super Bowl LVI in a game that didn’t disappoint! The connection between Stafford and Kupp won the game, as it did for the Rams all year, with Aaron Donald securing the victory. A perfect way to end an incredible season.

Let’s take a look at a few players from the game to see how their asset values shifted over the past year.

Matthew Stafford

Not surprisingly, Stafford’s stock saw a big jump after being traded from the Lions to the Rams in early 2021. The deal paid off not just for Stafford and the Rams, but also for investors, as the market was anticipating his successful trajectory.

Cooper Kupp

Mr. Triple Crown himself. Kupp had one of the greatest receiving seasons in NFL history and his performance has not disappointed investors. Since the beginning of the season, Kupp’s value in the alternative assets space has nearly tripled — making him one of the best performers in Super Bowl LVI.

Aaron Donald

“The Terminator” is what Sean McVay nicknamed the most feared defensive player in the NFL. Even though Donald keeps performing at an elite level, as with many players on the other side of the ball, his assets haven’t seen a big bump this year. With the Hall of Fame in his sights, finding the right assets now may pay off in the long run.

Odell Beckham JR

OBJ, the man with the iconic one-handed catch, finally made it to the Super Bowl. There is no doubt that there were concerns over injuries and his fit in Cleveland, and while he found his stride in LA during the playoffs, the injury bug once again bit at the worst possible time. His trendline has not moved a lot this year, and with his future up in the air, who knows where it’s headed in the fall of 2022 and beyond.

Joe Burrow

Burrow has become an absolute fan favorite. After suffering a season-ending knee injury he has come back strong, shocking everyone outside the Bengals locker room. With a loaded AFC, will he make another trip to the Super Bowl soon? We’ll have to wait and see.

Ja’Marr Chase

Chase has certainly made a name for himself this season after setting the record for most receiving yards in a game, and second most receiving yards in a season by a rookie. While there isn’t a lot of data to lean on for Chase, he makes for a great speculative investment. If you feel like he can keep his performance up year in and year out, would you take the chance?

Joe Mixon

Mixon ended the 2021 regular season ranked in the top five in carries, yards, and touchdowns among running backs. However, there was little movement in his asset valuation. Perhaps being in the background to Burrow and Chase has left Mixon without the attention he deserves? Or maybe it’s a lack of faith in investing in running backs?


With the NFL season behind us, there’s a lot to learn from looking at the charts above. For example, acquiring assets prior to the new season, would’ve been a winning strategy. In addition, what we see in football trends could potentially be mirrored across other sports. Something to think about as you plan out your portfolio for 2022 and beyond.

Expert Selection

Big 3 Gems

This is a story of redemption and opportunity. While Rodgers’ future in Green Bay is uncertain, he’s still playing at a level few QBs can match. This is his most popular rookie card. A numbered black version out of 100 in a tough to find, 9.5 grade. This is a true gem.

The most iconic baseball card of all time, and some would argue the most iconic card ever. On a card like this, which is 70 years old and throughout the years was inserted into bike spokes by kids, grade matters less and it is all about owning a piece of history. There are only 3 graded PSA 10s and 6 PSA 9s!

The Messi 2014 Prizm Autograph is a truly iconic card. And lucky for us, he’s still at it, leading his Argentinian team to last year’s Copa America title. With the 2022 World Cup just months away, this is an asset that could skyrocket with a good showing this summer.

Featured Gems

Our curated selection of assets in all price ranges.

Superstar assets to look out for

Iconic card of Kobe and LeBron from what some consider the best year of Topps Chrome.

Luka’s most recognized rookie card in orange, numbered to 49.

10/10 PSA grade on one of Justin Herbert’s best rookie autograph cards.

All-star assets to look out for

Juan Soto’s first year Bowman Chrome autograph.

The Magician’s Force, an important card used in gameplay with high rarity in PSA 10 condition.

First year Topps Chrome soccer in PSA 10 of one of the greatest to ever play.

Starter assets to look out for

Born from a competition to fill in a blank TCG template, this card in a PSA 10 condition is extremely rare.

After getting the call to join Mercedes F1 team, George Russell has big expectations this year.

Khamzat Chimaev has become one of the biggest names in UFC and his rookie card in gold is getting big too.