On a Budget: January 2022

If you’re working with a tight budget, we’ve come up with a list of cards that have great potential to make money in the long-term. 

We’ve looked at a range of different sports like baseball and football, as well as popular TCGs including Pokémon to come up with a list that should contain something of interest for almost every collector!

Here’s our list with five of the best cheap cards to invest in during the beginning of 2022. 

On a Budget: Top 5 Cards 

Our current list of the top five cards contains a host of big names and iconic RCs. 

5. 1991-92 Skybox Michael Jordan #39 (eBay)

1991-92 Skybox Michael Jordan #39 (eBay)

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $130

NBA cards are always popular, especially if they happen to feature the legendary Michael Jordan

The 1991-92 SkyBox set highlighted the centennial anniversary of basketball, featuring an underrated MJ card numbered #39.

PSA 10 copies can be found for less than $150, which is a fair amount considering there are just over 1,200 gem mint copies. 

The price appears to have settled following the MJ-mania seen in 2021, as values swelled to $700 at the height of the craze.

4. 1999 Pokemon Card Base Set Pikachu 58/102 (eBay)

1999 Pokemon Card Base Set Pikachu 58/102

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $120

Okay, it’s not a 1st Edition card, and it’s not Shadowless, but the 1999 ‘Yellow Cheeks’ Pikachu is a great early Pokémon card featuring one of the most iconic monsters of them all. 

It’s thought that ‘Yellow Cheeks’ variations are evenly split with the Red Cheek versions.

PSA 10 copies have recently sold in the $120 range, while Shadowless copies are valued three times higher. In any case, they are likely to be a decent long term investment option.

3. 2019-20 Donruss Optic Fanatics Zion Williamson RC #158 (eBay)

2019-20 Donruss Optic Fanatics Zion Williamson RC #158

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $150

Heading back to the court, Zion Williamson is continuing to rehab a fractured right foot while under the supervision of the Pelicans medical staff.

Williamson was perhaps the most-hyped NBA prospect since LeBron James when drafted in 2019. Since then he has played just 85 games.

Now could be a great time to grab a more affordable Zion RC, as he spends time away from the limelight following reports he was tipping the scales at over 330 pounds

2. 2021 Pokémon Celebrations 25th Anniversary Charizard 4/102 (eBay)

2021 Pokémon Celebrations 25th Anniversary Charizard 4/102

Estimated Ungraded Value: $110

We really like the look of the 25th Anniversary Celebrations set which contains this Charizard reprint, among many other hits from the TCG. 

The most coveted card from the original set by a wide margin, Charizard is back in all of his glory for this re-release, breathing a familiar plume of orange and yellow fire. 

As a like-for-like copy of one of the most popular cards in existence, even ungraded versions will attract a lot of interest. 

After all, the majority of collectors can’t afford a Shadowless original holo version, never mind a graded copy of the card. 

It’s far cheaper than the original, but still goes for a significantly higher fee than any of the other cards from the Celebrations collection. As such, we’ve included it on the list as an ungraded option. 

1. 2020 Panini Donruss Rated Rookie Justin Herbert RC #303 (eBay)

2020 Panini Donruss Rated Rookie Justin Herbert RC #303

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $130

Justin Herbert RCs can sell for incredible amounts, especially if you’re looking at the 2020 Contenders set. 

However, we’d stick with the Rated Rookie numbered #303 if you’re looking for cheap PSA 10 investments. 

Herbert made history in January 2021 by completing his 35th passing touchdown in the Chargers’ 34-13 victory over the COVID-depleted Denver Broncos, breaking the single-season franchise record Philip Rivers had set in 2008. 

It’s just one example of his recent improvement, as well as his vast potential. 

On a Budget: Honourable Mentions 

With only five slots to fill, a number of interesting cards failed to make the list for this month. Here are a couple of honourable mentions for January 2022. 

On a Budget: Summary

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars if you want to add a few quality graded cards to your collection, and many work as investment pieces that can be held for profit over time. 

It also helps if you diversify between different sports and hobbies, so you’ll be able to ride any wave up, while avoiding any downturns or slow periods for specific types of cards. 

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