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MVP Talk Has Soto’s Cards Climbing: Buy, Sell, Hold

MVP Talk Has Soto’s Cards Climbing: Buy, Sell, Hold

Ben Burrows

Juan Soto and the Nationals won’t be playing this postseason, but Soto’s incredible regular-season numbers have him in the NL MVP race. Will some hardware keep his cards climbing without a postseason appearance? We cover that and more community submissions in this week’s Forecast:

Juan Soto

The Nationals won just 65 games this season, so you won’t hear much about them this postseason. Soto might get plenty of airtime, though, as one of the favorites for the NL MVP. Washington’s star slashed .313/.465/.534 this season with 29 home runs and 95 RBI, and his cards continued to climb as a result.

Soto remains one of MLB’s top young stars on the field and in the hobby, and his key rookies are a prime example. Soto’s 2018 Topps Update Base PSA 10 is up 23% over the last 30 days while his 2018 Topps Chrome Update Base PSA 10 is up 31% over the same period.

Luis Robert

Unlike Soto, Robert will get plenty of TV time with Chicago a favorite in the American League. Robert missed much of 2021 due to an injury, but put up big numbers when he returned — he piled up 13 HR and 43 RBI while batting .338 in just 68 games.

Though he’s one of the game’s favorite young players, Robert’s key rookies have been trending down in recent weeks. His 2020 Topps Chrome Base PSA 10 is down 3% over the last 30 days while his 2020 Topps Base PSA 10 is down 10% over the same period.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Once a superstar with the Giants, Beckham Jr. has struggled to stay healthy over the last two years. An ACL injury limited him to just seven games in 2020, and Beckham Jr. made his debut this season in Week 3 after missing the first two games of the season.

Non-QBs are already considered risky by many football investors, and Beckham Jr.’s health is a major concern moving forward — even if he comes back healthy, will he be the star he was in New York?

His 2014 Topps Chrome Base PSA 10 is up 3% over the last 30 days while his 2014 Prizm Base PSA 10 is down 45% over the same period.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

An NBA title was pretty much the last thing for Antetokounmpo to do, so how his cards move this season is something to watch. He’s been a fan favorite on the court and in the hobby, but his cards have also become fairly expensive — especially his signature Prizm rookie.

Antetokounmpo’s 2013 Prizm Base PSA 10 is up 16% over the last 30 days while his 2013 Hoops Base PSA 10 is down 6% over the same period.

Brandon Ingram

Ingram quickly turned into one of the NBA’s most versatile scorers after leaving Los Angeles, though his long-term ceiling is something collectors have worried about. Despite turning into an All-Star, Ingram will struggle to be his own team’s superstar next to Zion Williamson.

It’s hard to see great growth in the hobby as a team’s No. 2 player, though his lethal scoring could make him one of the exceptions.

Ingram’s 2016 Prizm Base PSA 10 is up 11% over the last 30 days while his 2016 Optic Base PSA 10 is down 8% over the same period.

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