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Are Baseball Cards A Good Investment?

In 2020, over ten cards sold at public auction for more than $500,000 with one of those cards selling for nearly $4 million, the highest sports card ever sold. The value of sports cards has grown over the last decade and with the onset of the pandemic, values exploded. With prices so high and card companies aware of their past mistakes, Wall Street and Silicon Valley see investment opportunities in this alternative asset. Sports card collecting is having a moment not seen since the 1970s and 1980s. This year saw sales of sports cards at public auction reach all-time highs. Over ten cards sold for $500,000 or more. Two basketball cards sold for $1.8 million each, a Lebron James rookie card and a Giannis Antetokounmpo rookie card. 2020 also saw a 2009 Mike Trout baseball card sell at auction for a record-breaking $3.84 million. Interest in collecting and values have seen a steady uptick for the last decade with prices really starting to rise at quicker rate somewhere around 2016 or 2017. With the onset of the pandemic at the beginning of this year, card collecting reached new heights. Largely driven by those in their 30s and 40s, who collected when they were young, these individuals found themselves at home revisiting their card collections. Then came ESPN's release of the Michael Jordan documentary series, "The Last Dance." Auction houses and eBay saw a surge for Michael Jordan cards and memorabilia followed by an even greater interest in basketball cards and beyond. "It brought back nostalgia. It brought back memories of the greatness of Michael Jordan and his cards and memorabilia started going up. And in our industry, it is definitely a case where rising tides lifts all boats," Ken Goldin, founder and CEO of Goldin Auctions, told CNBC. With sports cards growing in value, many collectors are amassing collections of high value as part of a diversified investment portfolio. What separates this era from the previous is the recognition that these cards are a legitimate alternative asset. A Silicon Valley startup, Alt, founded by Leore Avidar, aims to bring clarity and security to alternative assets, specifically sports cards. Collectors and investors see a bright future for sports cards. Card companies are well aware of their past mistakes and collectors have more information than ever before. If growth continues, Leore Avidar believes records will continue to be broken. "I will say, we will see our first ten million dollar card in the next two years," says Avidar. » Subscribe to CNBC: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBC » Subscribe to CNBC TV: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCtelevision » Subscribe to CNBC Classic: https://cnb.cx/SubscribeCNBCclassic About CNBC: From 'Wall Street' to 'Main Street' to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows, exclusive video and more. Connect with CNBC News Online Get the latest news: https://www.cnbc.com/ Follow CNBC on LinkedIn: https://cnb.cx/LinkedInCNBC Follow CNBC News on Facebook: https://cnb.cx/LikeCNBC Follow CNBC News on Twitter: https://cnb.cx/FollowCNBC Follow CNBC News on Instagram: https://cnb.cx/InstagramCNBC Subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NLi9AN #CNBC Are Baseball Cards A Good Investment?
Sun, 13 Dec 2020 17:00:09 GMT

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