How 10 Top Vintage Trading Cards Have Soared In Value

Posted Mar 8, 2018 by David Seideman

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.)


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

Posted Feb 23, 2018 by David Seideman

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.”


Internet transforms trading card market, and Tigard company capitalizes

Posted Dec 21, 2017 by Mike
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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