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Top 10 Most Valuable: 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Drivers

Top 10 Most Valuable: 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Drivers

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If you’re a baseball card collector, you’re likely familiar with the super high-end brand, Topps Dynasty. If you’re not familiar with Dynasty, it’s simple – one card per box, and each card is a unique on-card auto, also featuring a patch or relic, nearly 100% of the time game-used/worn, with low serial numbers.

While Dynasty baseball has been around since 2014, and features a robust checklist of current and former greats, Dynasty F1 debuted in 2020, and features current F1 drivers as well as team principals/owners, all with on-card autos and patch relics numbered to either /10, /5 (Red) or Gold 1/1.

While the odds of hitting a single-patch of a single driver or principal are highest, there are also single driver/principal triple-relics and constructor team dual relics (both drivers from each team) included in the checklist.

So while the high-end release goes for around $2,800 on the secondary market, the odds of hitting one of the Top 10 drivers below aren’t as straightforward due to the fact that team principals are included – and they go for as low as $50 or less – an extreme discrepancy from the cards below.

Note: All cards come encased by Topps, but as you will see below, many choose to get theirs graded to try to increase value.

1. Max Verstappen (Current: Red Bull, In Set: Red Bull)

On August 6, 2022, Verstappen’s 2020 Topps F1 Dynasty Auto Red Bull Patch Gold 1/1 sold for $170,400 in PSA 10 via Goldin. Not only is this sale proof of Verstappen being the most valuable driver in this set, but the fact that he has won each of the last two F1 Drivers Championships while absolutely dominating the field in 2022 at only 25, makes it extremely likely that his cards from this set continue to rise in value in the coming F1 seasons. Below are some of Verstappen’s other top sales from 2020 Topps Dynasty F1:

2. Lewis Hamilton (Current: Mercedes, In Set: Mercedes)

Amid reports that the 37-year-old international mega star and undisputed GOAT of F1 is on the downside of his career after being outperformed by 24-year old Mercedes teammate George Russell in 2022, the reality is that Hamilton is still a top F1 seller, and with good reason. He’s won seven drivers championships and 103 career races, and isn’t done yet. In fact, it’s these career achievements, combined with the fact that he has several markers ahead to spike card value, that makes him a legit sports card investment. His 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Autograph Patch Red #DAP-IILH Patch /5 Topps Encased sold for $90,000 via Goldin. Below are his other top sales from this set:

3. Charles Leclerc (Current: Ferrari, In Set: Ferrari)

As good as Verstappen was in 2022, nobody started off the season hotter than 25-year old Monacan Charles Leclerc, Ferrari’s No. 1 driver. After winning two of the first three races of the season, Leclerc’s pricing skyrocketed across the board. Even though he cooled off throughout the season, he still finished a strong second in the Driver’s Championship, with 308 points (Verstappen had 454 points). Leclerc has a growing fanbase and the fact that he represents the Ferrari brand is phenomenal for his long term card value. His 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Autograph Suit Zipper Relic #AFP-CL Signed /4 – Topps Encased sold for $24,360 via Goldin. His other top sales include:

4. George Russell (Current: Mercedes, In Set: Williams)

After being the only F1 Driver to finish in the top five of each race through the first nine races of the 2022 season, he was able to finally win his first career race just before the end of the season, taking the Brazil GP on November 13. Many believe the 24-year-old phenom will win a World Championship sooner rather than later, giving his cards huge upside. Even though he represents Williams Racing in this set, his cards have sold consistently for almost double the cost of a box and with more sales volume than Leclerc. His 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Gold Auto Patch 1/1 sold for $17,988 on eBay. Other top sales include:

5. Lando Norris (Current: McLaren, In Set: McLaren)

The 23-year-old is one of F1’s most exciting and heralded young drivers, and has a strong fanbase, as proven by the sales volume and liquidity of his cards. Amid rumors that he could eventually join Max Verstappen at Red Bull Racing one day, the hype continues. In the meantime, he’ll race for McLaren again in 2023, hoping to improve upon his 7th place finish in the Driver’s Championship, and win his first race after one podium in 2022. His 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Autograph Patch Gold #DAP-IVLN Signed Patch 1/1 – Topps Encased sold for $16,800 via Goldin. Other sales include:

6. Carlos Sainz (Current: Ferrari, In Set: McLaren)

The 28-year-old Spanish driver finished fifth in the Driver’s Standings for Ferrari in 2022 after racing with McLaren, Renault and Toro Rosso earlier in his career. He’s extremely productive, having finished in the top five 15 times in 2022, with one win and nine podiums, yet his card market doesn’t reflect his productivity. His 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Triple Patch Autograph Gold #TRA-IIICS Signed Patch 1/1 BGS 9 / 10 Auto sold for $5,550 via Goldin. Other sales include:

7. Sergio Perez (Current: Red Bull, In Set: BWT Point)

After a career year in 2022, where he finished third in the Driver’s Championship and was a key part in the Constructor’s Championship victory for Red Bull Racing, the 32-year-old Perez signifies the point in this article where we step back from sports card investing, and go more in the collecting direction. Not that Perez’s cards won’t increase in value over time, but he and the rest of the drivers on this list certainly don’t have the high ceiling that the previous ones do. Having said that, his 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 #ISP Triple Patch Auto /10 PSA 9 / 10 Auto sold for $2,900 on eBay.

The rest of his recent sales are below what it costs for a sealed box, making it more economical to simply buy his singles than hope to pull him:

8. Esteban Ocon (Current: Alpine, In Set: Renault)

The 26-year-old French driver has one career win and two career podiums, and finished in the top five twice in 2022, good enough for eighth overall in the Driver’s Championship. His 2020 Topps F1 Dynasty Constructor Team Autograph Memorabilia Card #CDAR-RO Dual Patch /10 – Topps Encased sold for $3,720 via Goldin. Other top sales include:

It’s notable that Ocon’s top three sales also include 2020 teammate Daniel Ricciardo, who is an extremely popular F1 driver. Although young and talented, his upside could be limited while stuck on a middle-of-the-pack team like Alpine.

9. Pierre Gasly (Current: Alpine, In Set: AlphaTauri)

Ocon’s super-talented teammate, also a 26-year-old French driver, Gasly has had success early in his young career, but underperformed in 2022. He finished a subpar 14th in the Driver’s Championship with only one top-five finish and zero podiums. F1 investors still believe he has some upside though, as his 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Triple Relic Autograph #TRA-PG Signed Patch /10 – Topps Encased sold for $2,386 via Goldin. Other sales include:

10. Alexander Albon (Current: Williams, In Set: Red Bull)

After losing his F1 seat in 2021 and being relegated to Red Bull’s test driver, Albon returned to F1 with Williams Racing in 2022 and competed at a solid level. At age 26, he’s still chasing his first career win, and could see a spike in card prices if he ever achieves it. In the meantime, his card market reflects some that believe he has upside, as his 2020 Topps Dynasty F1 Gold 1/1 Auto PSA 10 sold for $5,520 via PWCC

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