I hit the jackpot

Let this be a lesson to take care of your possessions and you will be rewarded.

Backstory: I have collected baseball cards my entire life. Without knowing the exact number, I have at least 25,000, probably closer to over 30,000 baseball cards in my collection.

Among the thousands I have, there are cards that are very valuable, worth more than several hundred or even 1,000 base cards.

I don’t know how it came up in my head, but the day after Christmas, I decided to go up to my room at night after watching Deal or No Deal and the Cheez-It Bowl, as one does, to go search for a certain card.


Sure enough, I had it: A 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout rookie card, currently valued around $250 ungraded. If you didn’t know, Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, well on his way to a Hall of Fame career. In a decade, this card will be worth 10x as much.


Then, there’s what might be a better pull: A 2014 Topps Update Mookie Betts rookie card. Not just the Betts rookie card, the photo variation short print Mookie Betts rookie card. The lowest price that card was being sold on eBay was $220, and he’s only been playing for four years. Imagine how much that card will be worth.


That was just the tip of the iceberg. I ended up finding somewhere around 180 rookies from recent years, with players like Chris Sale, Jose Altuve, Kris Bryant, Jacob DeGrom, George Springer, Anthony Rizzo, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Judge, Yu Darvish, Andrew Benintendi, Noah Syndergaard etc.

I’m not even done looking yet. It’s getting to the point of insanity. I’m missing Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa, Corey Kluber, Christian Yelich, Manny Machado, Nolan Arenado and a few other players, but that lot, oh boy, that lot is worth a lot of moolah.

Kids, invest young and start collecting stuff like baseball cards. Who knows, those cards might be able to pay off your college debt in a few decades.

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