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PWCC Announces New Research Tool Available to the Public

Posted June 29, 2018 by Buisness Wire
Yahoo! Finance

PWCC Marketplace, the largest auctioneer of investment-caliber trading cards, just announced the launch of a new research tool that will give investors access to 15 years’ worth of trading cards sales data. Titled Market Price Research, PWCC, in partnership with eBay is leveraging over 250 million data points to showcase dates, prices, and card types, which will provide the basis of the new tool and is part of PWCC’s suite of Investor services, available for free to the general public.

This newly extended library of data will arm buyers who are looking to make investments in trading cards with the statistics and analysis needed to make informed purchases, while also providing predictive data on the card's future value. The data leverages historical trends of all cards that were sold on eBay's platform for the past 15 years.

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How 10 Top Vintage Trading Cards Have Soared In Value

Posted June 20, 2018 by David Seideman
Forbes

A jaw-dropping auction on eBay illustrates Derek Jeter’s enduring star power. The soaring bid price debunks the myth that all baseball cards from the 1980s and 1990s are worthless. And it further highlights the bull market over the past two years for the best of the best.

A gem mint 1993 SP Foil Derek Jeter rookie has blown past the public record set by Memory Lane in early 2017: $54,576. The current price is $66,100.

And what’s even more remarkable is that there are five days left to go in the auction being conducted by PWCC Marketplace, a big-time purveyor of investment-caliber cards.

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Talking Auctions, Investing in Sports Cards with Guest Brent Huigens of PWCC

Posted June 14, 2018 by Auction Report
BlogTalkRadio

Ryan Friedman, owner of Auction Report discusses news within the sports collectible industry; including auction realted updates, highlights of amazing collectibles up for bid and some back and fourth commentary on collectibles from years past and today. This episode will have special guest Brent Huigens from PWCC (https://www.pwccmarketplace.com/)

The Auction Report Radio show covers sports collectibles, historic memorabilia, entertainment memorabilia and more!

From the start of an auction to the end of an auction and everything before, during and after, we provide an abundance of information on a daily basis to collectors on AuctionReport.com. Auction Report is the best choice collectors make to insure they are current with all of the auction news and information.

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Connor McDavid rookie card sells for record price in online auction

Posted June 5, 2018 by Canadian Press
Sportsnet

A cardboard souvenir of Connor McDavid‘s rookie NHL season has fetched enough money to buy a luxury car.

McDavid’s "2015 Upper Deck The Cup" rookie hockey card, which includes the Edmonton captain’s autograph plus a small scrap of an Oilers jersey, sold for US$55,655 at a recent online auction.

According to a release from vendor PWCC Marketplace, that’s the highest sales price ever for a "modern" hockey trading card. To put it in perspective, the card sold for about the same price as a lower-end Porsche.

PWCC defines modern cards as those produced from 1986 to present.

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Derek Jeter rookie card fetches $99K, most ever for modern baseball card

Posted May 25, 2018 by Darren Rovell
ESPN

Derek Jeter rookie card has sold for $99,100, the highest price ever paid for a modern-day baseball card.

Brent Huigens, CEO of PWCC, which conducted the eBay auction, confirmed to ESPN on Friday that winning bidder Adrian Proietti had paid the company for the card.

"In 2008, I was offered a PSA 10 for $25,000," Proietti said. "I passed on it. I think the $99,100 is still a very good deal."

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How 10 Top Vintage Trading Cards Have Soared In Value

Posted May 11, 2018 by David Seideman
Forbes

A jaw-dropping auction on eBay illustrates Derek Jeter’s enduring star power. The soaring bid price debunks the myth that all baseball cards from the 1980s and 1990s are worthless. And it further highlights the bull market over the past two years for the best of the best.

A gem mint 1993 SP Foil Derek Jeter rookie has blown past the public record set by Memory Lane in early 2017: $54,576. The current price is $66,100.

And what’s even more remarkable is that there are five days left to go in the auction being conducted by PWCC Marketplace, a big-time purveyor of investment-caliber cards.

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The $2.88m baseball card rescued from a watery grave

Posted Apr 30, 2018 by Chris Carter
MoneyWeek

Baseball cards that once sold for cents now fetch millions at auction. Chris Carter reports.

A mint-condition baseball card from 1952 featuring New York Yankees baseball player Mickey Mantle sold for $2.88m at Texas-based Heritage Auctions last Thursday. But the price wasn’t the most remarkable thing about it, says David Seideman in Fortune. Nor was the fact that it was printed with even borders instead of off-centre, as was often the case, or the identity of the seller – former American football player Evan Mathis, who won the Super Bowl in 2016. Rather, it was that the card made it to auction at all.

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Baseball Cards Are Swinging for the Digital Age

Posted Apr 26, 2018 by Marc Myers
The Wall Street Journal

In the summer of 1965, when I was 8, I had a quarter-a-day baseball-card habit. My craving was driven by the waxy feel of Topps’s red-and-yellow packaging, the lingering perfume of bubble gum on card surfaces and the foolish belief that a Mickey Mantle card was just a nickel away.

Trades in my neighborhood of Washington Heights in Manhattan were settled two ways: You either forked over many cards for the one you wanted, or you “flipped” with friends, with the card tossed closest to a wall taking all of them. Less-desired...

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Can Trading Cards Be A Genuine Investment?

Posted Apr 26, 2018 by Rob Bertrand
WorthPoint

Past performance is no indication, guarantee or promise of future results. This concept is paramount to answering the question, can trading cards be a genuine investment? It’s also important in understanding how to safely invest in trading cards. In addition, this article is not meant to serve as investment advice. Instead, this is simply a primer on some of the tools and resources available to people interested in using trading cards as an investment vehicle.

Whether one’s goals are to utilize hard assets to hedge against inflation and the volatility of the stock market, diversify a portfolio, or simply realize childhood dreams, investing in trading cards is possible to do with a minimum of risk. However, and it cannot be repeated enough, past performance is no indication, guarantee or promise of future results.

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Trading Cards: A Hobby That Became a Multimillion-Dollar Investment

Posted Mar 23, 2018 by Paul Sullivan
The New York Times

Brady Hill used his skills for buying and selling baseball cards to purchase his first car and to pay his way through Louisiana State University.

Now that he’s the president of Greensource, one of the country’s largest T-shirt printing companies, Mr. Hill is again devoting time and financial resources to his hobby.

“Seven or eight years ago, I went to see these cards I had in my safe deposit box that I was going to keep forever,” said Mr. Hill, 47. “I said, ‘This is cool.’ Then I looked on eBay and said, ‘Wow, this is legit.’”

Prices have certainly risen for collectible trading cards. Over the past decade, as the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has roared back from the 2008 crash, an index of the top 500 baseball cards has done even better — beating it by more than double.

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How 10 Top Vintage Trading Cards Have Soared In Value

Posted Mar 8, 2018 by David Seideman
Forbes

In my recent post, I illustrated how a new vintage trading card index beat the S&P 500’s gains over the past ten years by a pretty wide margin

PWCC, the biggest seller of investment-grade trading cards ($50 million in annual revenue), has furnished further evidence that the prices of the most valuable vintage cards have generally soared as an alternative investment over the past ten years. PWCC bases its chart on a regular trade frequency, which excludes cards like the T206 Honus Wagner or the PSA 9 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps coming up for auction next month for the first time in 12 years.

The chart above shows the Return on Investment (ROI) of the top 10 cards, all baseball and graded by PSA, the leading authenticator, on a scale of one to ten. (Of course, there’s no proof---and certainly not from just one decade’s performance---that cards will continue their rise.)

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New Index Shows Trading Cards Have Beat The S&P 500

Posted Feb 23, 2018 by David Seideman
Forbes

When Brent Huigens flew cross-country from Oregon to New York City the other day I was his first appointment. The CEO of PWCC Marketplace, the largest seller of investment-grade trading cards ($50 million in annual revenue), met me for lunch in a posh mid-town Manhattan restaurant frequented by media moguls, including one of my former magazine bosses holding court in the corner.

Huigens was lugging around a print-out of vintage sports and non-sports trading card sales as thick as an old phone book. He handed me a ground-breaking report that he had prepared after crunching the numbers.

The big news: “As an alternative, ‘non-traditional’ investment class, trading cards have consistently outperformed stocks in a variety of market conditions.”

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Internet transforms trading card market, and Tigard company capitalizes

Posted Dec 21, 2017 by Mike Rogowaymrogoway@oregonian.com
The Oregonian/OregonLive

Brent Huigens started the way most baseball card collectors do, a kid transfixed by a visceral connection to the sports stars on those slim pieces of cardboard. A family friend introduced him to the hobby, and he was immediately hooked.

"That's all I ever wanted, every Christmas and birthday, was cards," said Huigens, now 35. "And if it wasn't cards it was money so I could buy cards."

Though many kids are drawn to the stars of their day and the excitement of the sport, Huigens felt a different kind of pull. He gravitated toward older cards with more history, tradition - and value.

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