Sports Card Investing - NBA Targets For The Playoffs And Offseason

We will be focused on some NBA Sports Cards to target for investment ahead of the 2020 NBA playoffs for this weeks article. Before we get into the picks just a reminder that you can sign up for your own Market Movers Subscription to access the data on your own and by using the promo code GRINDERS you will get 20% off your first payment on any subscription. You will want to sign up for Market Movers specifically in order to access the great tools and data, and if you sign up for the annual Market Movers subscription, you will save you 20% on the entire year instead of just the first month. I’ll be adding additional targets at the end of the article from previous articles so you can see if you can still find the cards within the target range.

We will generally target Panini brands for football and basketball as they own exclusive NFL and NBA rights for sports cards. Just like DFS, be sure to manage your bankroll and don’t spend more than what your budget allows. Make sure you pay attention to the grading when looking at targets. Grading makes a huge difference in price, so price targets will be based on grading. An ungraded card is referred to as “Raw”. When targeting a Raw card, try to find one with the best centering, corners and edges (and surface if you can tell) as that is a card that might be worth sending in for grading. We’ll use SportsCardInvestor’s Market Movers data to evaluate current-market price targets based on what people have been paying most recently. Go above/below that market rate based on your convictions and confidence levels by player.

NBA Targets For The Playoffs And Offseason

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Rui Hachimura – Bradley Beal won’t be playing during the NBA restart. That means about 23 shots per game are up for grabs. I think a lot of those shots will be heading Hachimura’s direction as the Wizards roster is pretty lacking. Why wouldn’t the Wizards focus on Hachimura’s development even more as they are highly unlikely to jump up to the 8th seed. This will be a great eight game test for Hachimura to show the Wizards if he can be the go to guy or not. Hachimura also has value because of his large international following.

Chart Courtesy of SportsCardInvestor.com

Sports Card Description Target Price
2019 Rui Hachimura Prizm Basketball Base PSA 10 Target Under $100
2019 Rui Hachimura Prizm Basketball Base PSA 9 Target Under $30
2019 Rui Hachimura Prizm Basketball Base BGS 9.5 Target Under $60

Kevin Porter Jr. – The Cavs have a somewhat of a log jam of young scoring guards with Porter Jr, Garland and Sexton. Sexton and Garland are both going to be fine players but I think Porter Jr’s size, athleticism and finishing ability give him the highest upside. His per 36 metrics are very promising as he put up 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. All of these numbers are very similar to the huge high regarded RJ Barrett while Porter Jr posted better shooting percentages on in three categories (fg, 3pt and ft). Right now you can pick up most Porter Jr cards for a third of the price of Barrett. I’m also not using the Barrett comparison as a knock. I’m very optimistic about Barrett’s future which means as just as high on Porter Jr if not more.

Chart Courtesy of SportsCardInvestor.com

Sports Card Description Target Price
2019 Kevin Porter Jr. Prizm Basketball Base PSA 10 Target Under $80
2019 Kevin Porter Jr. Prizm Basketball Base PSA 9 Target Under $20
2019 Kevin Porter Jr. Prizm Basketball Base BGS 9.5 Target Under $40

Trae Young – It’s unfortunate but we won’t be seeing Trae Young and the Hawks during the NBA restart. This means that it’s likely we won’t see Trae Young in an NBA game for nearly 9 months. Even though Young is the 2nd hottest rookie from his class behind Luka, there is still time to buy in my opinion. Trae has already shown that he can be a generational talent. While I doubt he ever gets to the Steph Curry tier, he will likely be on whatever tier is right below Steph. The Hawks have a great young core and I think they are poised to be a playoff team for the foreseeable future. Trae’s flashy style and endless range are also built for today’s youtube generation. Buy low now and cash in after Trae’s first 50 point game next season or hold long term as Trae continues to build upon his already accomplished resume.

Chart Courtesy of SportsCardInvestor.com

Sports Card Description Target Price
2018 Trae Young Optic Basketball Base PSA 10 Target Under $180
2018 Trae Young Optic Basketball Base PSA 9 Target Under $60
2018 Trae Young Optic Basketball Base BGS 9.5 Target Under $110

As always you can sign up for your own Market Movers Subscription to access the data on your own and by using the promo code GRINDERS you will get 20% off your first payment on any subscription.

As a new bonus in our articles, we are going to list all the cards from recent articles that you can check out to see if you can still buy at the target prices. Just click right on the links next to the cards to get to the eBay searches. Here are the additional targets we’ve recently featured in our articles:

Sports Card Description Target Price
2018 Gleyber Torres Topps Heritage PSA 9 Target Under $15
2018 Shohei Ohtani Topps Chrome Update PSA 9 Target Under $45
2015 Devin Booker Prizm Base PSA 9 Target Under $130
2016 Brandon Ingram Prizm Base PSA 9 Target Under $120
2018 Shai Gilgeous Alexander Base PSA 9 Target Under $75
Zion Williamson 2019 Optic Basketball Base PSA 10 Target $250
Zion Williamson 2019 Optic Basketball Base PSA 9 Target $100
Zion Williamson 2019 Optic Basketball Base BGS 9.5 Target $150
Ja Morant 2019 Optic Basketball Base PSA 10 Target $225
Ja Morant 2019 Optic Basketball Base PSA 9 Target $70
Ja Morant 2019 Optic Basketball Base BGS 9.5 Target $100
Sekou Doumbouya 2019 Optic Basketball Base PSA 10 Target $60
Sekou Doumbouya 2019 Optic Basketball Base PSA 9 Target $25
Sekou Doumbouya 2019 Optic Basketball Base RAW Target $5
2019 Jarrett Stidham Prizm Silver PSA 10 Don’t Target Yet.

About the Author

  • Josh Wysocki (Socky21)

  • Josh Wysocki has been a member of RG since October 2012. Over that time he has been a part time contributing analyst for both MLB and NBA products. He has had several four figure scores and made an NFL live final experience on DRAFT. In November of 2019, Josh dipped his toes back into his childhood hobby of sports cards. He’s been hooked ever since and is ready to share what he has learned about the hobby and it’s new landscape. Feel free to reach out to him on twitter @Socky21.

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