The NBA season is upon us (tonight) which means that basketball collectors and sellers around the world are now ready to mobilize for each other.
I flip basketball cards on comc.com and I chose this summer to focus my investments on a specific group of player cards. Those autographed players cards (always rookies) were consistently listed at a relatively low price on the site despite my perceived upside in re-sale value for the upcoming season. In essence, they often had bargains.
Here are 5 players I chose to focus on this summer when building my 2015-16 season inventory.
5) Tobias Harris, Orlando, F
Why it might work: He’s improved every year. He’s a core piece for his team and he was called the NBA’s most underrated player by a mathematician last season.
Why it’s a risk: Being a forward makes him vulnerable to lower usage (compared to a guard). He’s also had injury issues, which never allowed him to play 70 games in a single season. Orlando might be years away from contending.
4) Isaiah Thomas, Boston, G
Why it might work: He got traded to one of the most popular brands in basketball. Is bound (or at the very least on the verge) to win a 6th Man of the Year award. And he’s sooooo much fun to watch!
Why it’s a risk: Boston has a crowded rotation that might hinder his numbers. Mass collectors might be wary to invest into a bench player.
3) T.J. Warren, Phoenix, F
Why it might work: He just has “it”. A natural scorer that’s simply waiting for playing time. Had a dominant summer league.
Why it’s a risk: As I said, playing time. Needs to move ahead of P.J. Tucker or Markieff Morris in the rotation in order to be noticed by the media and therefore collectors.
2) Reggie Jackson, Detroit, G
Why it might work: Averaged 17 points and 9 assists since being traded to Detroit. Plays with one of the best young bigs in the game (Andre Drummond). Was handed the key to the starting point guard slot.
Why it’s a risk: Is Detroit really going to start competing in the Eastern Conference? Collectors tend to go for winners and it’s unclear how soon the franchise will achieve contendership.
1) Lou Williams, Los Angeles, G
Why it might work: Because he has one of the funnest personalities in the league. Because he can overtake a game singlehandedly. Has another shot at 6th Man of the Year. And finally, because he’s playing for one of the biggest basketball markets in the world.
Why it’s a risk: …
Honorable mention: Gary Harris, Denver; Will Barton, Denver; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit; Ty Lawson, Houston; Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City; Elfrid Payton, Orlando; DeMarre Carroll, Toronto;