Sports Card Investing Targets - NBA Players To Buy Now

Now that the NBA playoffs are finally here I wanted to touch on a few players that I think you should be looking to purchase. I think the NBA has done an amazing job with everything about the bubble restart. The broadcasts have been entertaining. They are using new camera angles because of the lack of fans that get us closer to the game. The level of play has been amazing and even record breaking in terms of scoring. I’m very excited to see these first round matchups and beyond.

We’ll use SportsCardInvestor’s Market Movers data to search for value. 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.

Sports Card Investing Targets – NBA Players To Buy Now

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LeBron James – LeBron’s prices continue to rise and rise and rise. I just don’t see that stopping though. He’s arguably the greatest player ever and by far the most iconic player of this era. If he wins a championship as Laker, which I think he will, then his prices should shoot to another stratosphere. His 2019 prizm base card “Lakers Rookie Card” shot up right around the start of the bubble. The price has tempered slightly but I still think this card is a buy if it fits your budget. I was lucky, maybe savvy, but probably lucky enough to snag around 10 of these cards a few months ago for around $5 each. They peaked around $100 each raw and the latest sale was about $60. A few big games from Lebron in round one and these are going to begin another upward trend. I think there are multiple ways to make money on this card if you’re as confident as I am about the Lakers winning it all. If you want a quick flip then just buy graded now and flip during the finals or immediately after the Lakers win. If your in it for the long haul then try to buy raw that are well centered and grade them for a long term hold.

Chart Courtesy of SportsCardInvestor.com

Sports Card Description Target Price
LeBron James 2019 Prizm Basketball Base PSA 10 Target Under $500
LeBron James 2019 Prizm Basketball Base PSA 9 Target Under $180
LeBron James 2019 Prizm Basketball Base RAW Raw Target Under $70

Jayson Tatum – I know I’m not going out on a limb by recommending Lebron and Tatum but I think the Celtics are the darkhouse team to make it to the finals from the eastern conference. If the Celtics can somehow pull that off, it will mostly likely be on the shoulders of Jayson Tatum. He is a budding superstar playing for one of the premiere franchises of the NBA. The type of talent that will likely lead to 10+ all star games and multiple deep playoff runs. By looking at the chart below we can see that his PSA 9 and RAW prices are lagging behind the growth of his PSA 10. I expect those to start to catch up after the Celtics make quick work of the Simmons less Sixers. Their next opponent would most likely be the Raptors. They have had a great season in earning the 2nd seed but I just don’t see them making any kind of noise like they did last year when they had Kawhi. That leaves the Celtics with an ECF matchup with the Bucks, mostly likely. The Celtics are talented enough, deep enough and coached well enough to pull off a win in that series. I personally get goosebumps when thinking about a potential Lakers vs Celtics NBA Championship. An icon in Lebron James nearing the end of his career versus a young up and coming superstar in Jayson Tatum. It would be great appointment television, great sport and great for the hobby.

Chart Courtesy of SportsCardInvestor.com

Jayson Tatum 2017 Prizm Basketball Base PSA 10 10 Target Under $1000
Jayson Tatum 2017 Prizm Basketball Base PSA 9 Target Under $275
Jayson Tatum 2017 Prizm Basketball Base RAW Target Under $200

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As our weekly bonus in our articles, here is a list of 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
2017 Kenny Golladay Prizm Silver PSA 10 Target Under $100
2017 Kenny Golladay Prizm Silver PSA 9 Target Under $20
2014 Odell Beckham Jr Contenders Auto #277 PSA 10 Target Under $170
2014 Odell Beckham Jr Contenders Auto #277 Raw! Target Under $70
2018 DJ Chark Contenders Optic Purple Auto Raw Target Under $30
2018 Darrius Slayton National Treasures RPA Raw Target Under $20
2019 Diontae Johnson Contenders Optic Raw Target Under $20
2013 Giannis Antetokounmpo Prizm PSA 10
2003 LeBron James Topps Chrome PSA 10
2018 Luka Doncic Prizm PSA 10
2017 Lonzo Ball Donruss Optic Basketball Base PSA 10 Target Under $75
2017 Lonzo Ball Donruss Optic Basketball Base PSA 9 Target Under $30
2017 Lonzo Ball Donruss Optic Basketball Base Raw Target Under $5
2019 RJ Barrett Donruss Optic Basketball HOLO PSA 10 Target Under $300
2019 RJ Barrett Donruss Optic Basketball HOLO PSA 9 Target Under $125
2019 RJ Barrett Donruss Optic Basketball HOLO Raw Target Under $50
2016 Dak Prescott Prizm Silver PSA 10 Target Under $380
2016 Dak Prescott Prizm Silver PSA 9 Target Under $115
2016 Dak Prescott Prizm Silver BGS 9.5 Target Under $200
2016 Dak Prescott Optic Holo PSA 10 Target Under $290
2016 Dak Prescott Optic Holo PSA 9 Target Under $110
2016 Dak Prescott Optic Holo BGS 9.5 Target Under $125
2017 Deshaun Watson Prizm Silver PSA 10 Target Under $450
2017 Deshaun Watson Prizm Silver PSA 9 Target Under $125
2017 Deshaun Watson Prizm Silver BGS 9.5 Target Under $250
2017 Deshaun Watson Optic Holo PSA 10 Target Under $350
2017 Deshaun Watson Optic Holo PSA 9 Target Under $140
2017 Deshaun Watson Optic Holo BGS 9.5 Target Under $175
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
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
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
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

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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