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April 17, 2023
Get the details on this week’s Liquid Auctions! Read on for some 30 day market trends and a sneak peek at some of the gems available this week!
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Market Trends (7 Day Trends)
Steven Kwan up 8.11
In an era of home runs and strikeouts, Steven Kwan is a bit of a throwback. The young Guardians leadoff hitter gets by with line drives and speed, recalling players like Rod Carew and Ichiro who found the longball to be a secondary concern. With his team off to a hot start, it’s Kwan who’s replaced high-priced hobby stars J-Rod and Witt as the hottest rookie of 2022 on the baseball card market. With Cleveland looking like one of the top teams in the American League, it’s a solid bet that Kwan’s market can keep rising.
Wander Franco up 5.57
Few players have appeared on our rising list AND our falling list more often than Wander Franco. When he joined the Rays in 2021, Franco was MLB’s biggest prospect since Mike Trout. And while he’s been great when he’s been on the field, Wander has had a hard time staying healthy thus far. But with his hot bat helping the Rays get off to a legendary start, it’s no wonder that Wander is rising once again. Here’s hoping he can keep the momentum going for a full season this time around.
Lamelo Ball down 5.20
While Zion gets all the ink about hobby superstars who can’t stay healthy, Lamelo isn’t far behind. An injury-plagued season left Ball playing less than half the season for the tanking Hornets, who finished with the league’s fourth worst record. Will another high draft pick help out, or will Ball fail to stay healthy again next year? Looks like a lot of collectors aren’t willing to wait and find out.
2008 Ultimate Collection #UMCBJ LeBron James/Kobe Bryant Signature Patch Combo 3/5 BGS 9 AUTO 10 | Alt Value: $48,609
Having LeBron and Kobe’s autographs on one card surely qualifies as an Ultimate Signature, and this BGS 9 is the highest-graded one of these dual autos in circulation. Which goes to show that it’s the ultimate buy for any collector of high-end basketball assets. With LeBron’s auto featuring a tribute to their Gold Medal performance for the Redeem Team at the 2008 Olympics, this is a truly unique dual auto with a sky high future. Don’t miss your chance to add it to your collection.
1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle PSA 4 | Alt Value: $19,659
The 1952 Topps Mantle gets all the shine, but this 1951 Bowman features The Mick’s first ever trading card appearance. Smaller than the 1952 Topps in size and stature, this is an equally rare asset to land, and a visually stunning example of the early days of trading cards. Presented in a PSA 4, this museum piece is one of the most important cards of all-time, and a killer asset for any serious collector.
1986 Fleer #57 Michael Jordan PSA 9 | Alt Value: $17,917
If you’re reading this, chances are there’s little we can tell you about this card you don’t already know. But no matter how much it changes hands, a 1986 Jordan in a PSA 9 remains one of the best investments in the hobby. Bid with confidence. Own with happiness.
2000 Bowman Chrome #236 Tom Brady PSA 10 | Alt Value: $9,226
Here’s another legendary asset that changes hands frequently, but as the only Chrome rookie card of the most winning QB in NFL history, you really can’t go wrong adding it to your collection. One of just two Brady rookie cards from Topps, this 2000 Bowman Chrome is a turn of the century classic that’s one of the most famed football cards of all-time. A sure fire touchdown.
2018 National Treasures #121 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Rookie Patch Autograph Limited Edition 5/20 PSA 8 | Alt Value $8,248
Few players had bigger breakouts this season than SGA, who led the league in drives per game, relentlessly attacking the basket on his way to eclipsing 31 PPG on high efficiency. With the young Thunder ready to take the league by storm for the next decade, now’s the time to pounce on his assets. This NT RPA is a limited edition First Off the Line collectible, with a pop count of just 20. Featuring a bright blue auto and big jersey patch, much like an SGA performance, this is one card you don’t want to miss.
2004 Topps Chrome #23 LeBron James Gold Refractor 95/99 PSA 8 | Alt Value $6,553
This second year LeBron Topps Chrome Gold Refractor features a classic photo of the young King soaring in the air for a reverse dunk. Only 20 of these have been graded higher by PSA, adding a little bit of rarity to the overall greatness of this golden gem.
2012 National Treasures #114 Kawhi Leonard Rookie Patch Autograph 15/199 BGS 9 | Alt Value: $5,699
The two-time NBA Champ and two-time Finals MVP appears here in a classic RPA from his days in San Antonio. Kawhi really started looking like his old self as the season progressed and still looks like an elite two way force. Available in a Mint BGS 9, this is a true modern classic that will only grow in value should Kawhi add a third ring for a third team onto his famously massive hands.
2021 Panini Donruss Optic #39 Justin Fields Downtown Gold Prizm 4/10 BGS 9 | Alt Value: $5,336
At this time last year, collectors were hotter on some of the other 2021 NFL Draft QBs, but that was before Justin Fields took the league by storm in year two. He may not have turned the Bears into contenders, but Fields became the third QB in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, highlighted by a 178 yard performance vs. Miami, the most yards ever gained on the ground by an NFL QB in a regular season game. And here we have one of his most fun rookie cards, an Optic Downtown Gold Prizm numbered out of 10. With just two of these graded higher than a 9, this is a great buy for anyone banking on #1 getting even better in year three and beyond.
2013 Panini Prizm #33 Giannis Antetokounmpo Autograph BGS 9.5 | Alt Value $4,243
What’s not to love about a Giannis Prizm rookie auto? Not much, especially when it’s graded a BGS 9.5 true gem plus with a perfect 10 auto grade. With the Freak in contention for a third MVP award and second NBA title in the coming weeks, his assets could be ready to spike once again. And this beauty is no exception.
2019 Panini Prizm #98 Stephen Curry Black Gold Prizm 2/5 PSA 9 | Alt Value $4,121
While Steph himself is a 1/1, Black Gold Prizms are merely 1/5. Still, that makes them both pretty rare, especially when you combine the two into this amazing 2019 Prizm parallel. The only one graded by PSA thus far, this asset is a true rarity for any Steph collector. It sold once in 2021, and once again in 2022, so statistically this is your one chance this year to make splash by adding it to your collection.
2017 Panini Donruss Optic #177 Patrick Mahomes II Lime Prizm PSA 10 | Alt Value $3,829
The Patrick Mahomes Optic Rated Rookie is one of the most famous Football cards of the last decade, and here’s a fun variation. A Lime Green presented in a perfect PSA 10 that adds a little extra color to the two-time Super Bowl champ. Just 27-years-old, Mahomes has plenty of time to add a few more rings to his collection, which means you have no reason to pass on adding his best rookie cards to yours.
2016 Panini Select #290 LeBron James Courtside Gold Prizm 3/10 BGS 10 | Alt Value $3,311
Another golden LeBron card up for grabs is this 2016 BGS 10 Courtside Gold Prizm featuring LeBron accepting his fourth, and likely final, MVP award as a member of the Heat in 2013. Numbered out of 10, this a true rarity for anyone collecting the King.
2005 Upper Deck #201 Sidney Crosby PSA 10 | Alt Value $3,072
Here’s Sid the Kid, presented as simple as it gets in a PSA 10 Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card from 2005, one of the most legendary hockey cards of this or any other century. Now finishing up his 18th season with the Penguins, Crosby still placed in the top 20 in scoring. This card may sell frequently, but there’s never a bad time to score one.
1956 Topps #135A Mickey Mantle PSA 4.5 | Alt Value $2,822
The 1956 Topps set is another aesthetic classic, featuring bright images of the day’s stars against an action photo and yellow and red nameplate. Here we have one of Mantle, one of the era’s biggest stars. While it’s not his 1952 Topps or 1951 Bowman, it’s still a piece of collectibles history that’s always worth grabbing.
2020 National Treasures #147 Desmond Bane Rookie Patch Autograph 18/99 BGS 9 | Alt Value $2,136
Ja makes the highlight reel plays and JJJ gets the defensive plaudits, but where would the Grizzlies be without Desmond Bane? The 24-year-old went 21/4/5 this year and was a huge part of his team landing the West’s #2 seed for the second straight year. Just over 20 of these NT RPAs exist in a grade better than this one, making it a great buy for any collector of one of the NBA’s most underrated stars.
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