On a Budget: November 2021

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’ll be keeping track of historical sales, as well as giving accurate returns after a three-month period. 

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 as of November 2021. 

On a Budget: Top 5 Cards 

Our first edition contains five of the best affordable cards for investment purposes that can be found on the market today. 

5. 1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. #41T (eBay)

1989 Topps Traded Ken Griffey Jr. #41T

Estimated PSA 10 Value: $150

Baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. made his debut in 1989 sets, and seemed like one of the best investment options at the time. 

Prices for his cards began to rise rapidly upon release. However, the 1989 Topps Traded Griffey Jr. rookie card was vastly overproduced, and the same is true today. 

With over 12,500 PSA 10 copies, supply still exceeds demand. (For rarer options, look at the 1989 Topps Traded Tiffany version.)

However, we think copies bought for less than $150 have good potential for profit in the long-term. 

4. 2020 Panini Mosaic Silver Prizm Justin Herbert RC #204 (eBay)

2020 Panini Mosaic Silver Prizm Justin Herbert RC #204

Estimated PSA 9 Value: $120-$200

Next up is the Silver Prizm version of Justin Herbert’s 2020 Panini Mosaic RC. 

The Los Angeles Chargers quarterback was named as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in his debut season, as he went on to break several league records. 

There are numerous coloured parallels to be on the lookout for, but the Silver Prizm can be found for less than $200 if you’re happy with a PSA 9 copy. 

3. 2014 Panini Classics Mookie Betts RC #169 (eBay)

2014 Panini Classics Mookie Betts RC #169

Estimated PSA 10 Value: Roughly $100

Mookie Betts is a two-time World Series champion who joined the LA Dodgers in 2020. 

Betts has won five Gold Gloves in his eight-year career. The 29-year-old finished with 151 putouts, one assist and one double play in 2021.

A player who is sure to enter the Hall of Fame eventually, Betts’ base 2014 Panini Classics RC is next up on the list. As of now, PSA 10 copies are selling for roughly $100, which is a solid entry-level investment. 

2. 2019 Pokemon Sun & Moon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres GX Hidden Fates #44 (eBay)

2019 Pokemon Sun & Moon Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres GX Hidden Fates #44

Estimated PSA 10 Value: Roughly $50

For anyone interested in Pokémon, this 2019 card features the original trio of legendary monsters in the form of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. 

Found in the 2019 Sun & Moon Hidden Fates set, PSA 10 copies will currently sell for about $50. This is due to the abundance of graded versions on the market, with a total of 1,485 gem mint cards at the current time of writing. 

It might not be the rarest Pokémon card, but it’s an affordable choice if you’re on a budget. 

1. 2015 OPC Platinum Marquee Rookies Connor McDavid RC #M1 (eBay)

2015 OPC Platinum Marquee Rookies Connor McDavid RC #M1

Estimated PSA 9 Value: Roughly $150

Canadian O-Pee-Chee sets tend to be preferred by the majority of hockey fans, and this 2015 Connor McDavid card is no different. 

(In case you weren’t aware, the Edmonton Oilers captain is considered to be the best player in the world by many analysts and experts.)

This leads us on to his Marquee Rookies card, which can be snatched up at roughly $150 for a PSA 9 copy. Considering his rep within the sport, it’s a safe investment, and that’s why it takes the top spot for November 2021. 

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 November. 

  • We’d keep an eye on Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo cards, especially if they continue to struggle at their new clubs. (This could lead to a slight lull in prices, which is great for the average buyer)
  • We also like 2021 Panini Crown Royale LaMelo Ball die-cuts, although you’ll probably be looking at ungraded versions in the $150 range 

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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