Sports Card Investing Targets - 2018 Draft Class Players Not Named Luka or Trae

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Sports Card Investing – 2018 Draft Class Players not named Luka or Trae

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Here are 3 players from the 2018 draft class not named Luka or Trae that I’m looking at and some accompanying current cards for sale on eBay through our eBay affiliate partnership:

3) Jaren Jackson Jr. – Other than his issue with personal fouls, there is a lot to like about Jaren Jackson Jr’s future. He was still able to average 28 minutes per game and shot 46 percent from the field along with 39 percent from three and over 70 percent from the line. These are great numbers for a 6’11” stretch 4 in his age 20 season. I would like him to get his rebounding numbers up but he has all of the tools to be an all-star in the coming years. The Grizzlies are looking like they will be one of the up and coming teams in the West too. All of this will only help Jackson Jr’s card prices in the coming years.

Cards to Target:

2018-19 Jaren Jackson Jr. Flawless Rookie Patch Auto /25 SP RPA BGS 9.5 – Target under $800


2018-19 Jaren Jackson Jr Donruss Optic Holo Silver Prizm RC PSA 10 – Target under $200

2) Wendell Carter Jr. – Wendell Carter Jr. needs to improve his three point shooting to become a true stretch 5 but all of his other metrics are heading the right direction. Even with a poor three point percentage his true shooting percentage is still 59%. His rebound rate is very good and he will be a double double guy if he cracks the 30 minute per game mark. He has also shown to be a good defender. The new front office should be good news for Carter as well as long as they get rid of Jim Boylen. Carter excelled despite Boylen putting him in some terrible schemes both offensively and defensively.

Cards to Target:

Wendell Carter JR. 2018 Panini Silver Prizm Chicago Bulls Rookie PSA 10 – Target under $50

2018 Wendell Carter Jr Donruss Optic Auto Rated Rookie Rc Autograph PSA 10 – Target under $100

2018-19 Wendell Carter Jr. National Treasures Rookie RC Card /20 – Target RAW under $700

1) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Gilgeous-Alexander could end up being the 2nd or 3rd best player in this draft class. He can do so many things well. He shoots threes well, he finishes at the rim well and will get even better at that as he adds more muscle. He’s incredibly long for a guard and holds his own defensively. Shai will soon be the face of the Thunder and an allstar many times over for the next 10 years.

Cards to Target:

2018-19 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Panini Prizm Rc Silver Prizms PSA 10 – Target under $400

2018-19 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander National Treasures RPA RC Patch AUTO /99 BGS 9.5 – Target under $4000

2018-19 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Donruss Optic #162 Rookie Holo PSA 10 – Target under $300

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  • 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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