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Immediate market reactions to wildcard weekend: NFC the losers

Cowboys Dak Prescott: The Cowboys losing would have hurt Cowboy fans... The Cowboys losing because Dak Prescott thought he was Lamar Jackson hurt that much more. As we all by now know how the Cowboys game ended in a meme worthy and playoff Cowboy like fashion. The Cowboys started out blazing hot but Dak struggled some with a lower body injury throughout the year. Since the playoff loss Dak's market has dipped 5% since the loss which is not that bad considering his play in that game left a

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Jan 22, 20222 min read

Immediate market reactions to wildcard weekend: AFC the losers

Raiders Derek Carr: In his first playoff start Carr actually played pretty well considered the circumstances to this Raiders season. Shocking enough despite losing that game, Carr showed enough to investors for his market to increase 2,616 since last weeks loss. Expect this to stagnate or even dip some with off season around the corner for all teams Hunter Renfrow & Josh Jacobs: The unlikely 1-2 punch that was a big reason why the Raiders made the playoffs markets have kind of fizzled out

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Jan 21, 20221 min read

Looking Back at the 2019 NBA Draft

It's hard to believe but the 2019 NBA Draft was already 3 years ago. With so many things changing in the sports card world since 2019, how have the players perfomed in their 3 seasons? In this article we will be taking a look back at the top picks and even players undrafted who have surprised us all. Zion Williamson: Zion Williamson has been electric when he's played but unfortunately in 3 seasons he has only played 85 career games. When he has played he's been sensational offensively averagi

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Jan 19, 20224 min read

Goldin Auctions January Recap and Highlights

Goldin Auctions monthly auction ended this past weekend and some of the results left people in absolute awe. Over 64,000 bids were placed which is a record for any auction they've ever held. This auction included over $27,000,000 in total sales and 100 record prices with players ranging from Steve Nash to Anthony Edwards to Joe Burrow. While lot #1 in this auction was a LeBron James Exquisite RPA, that card sells fairly frequently. On the other hand this LeBron James Topps Chrome Gold Refract

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Jan 11, 20224 min read

Why the Hobby Needs Zion & Lawrence to succeed

Zion Williamson and Trevor Lawrence were the two biggest prospects in the last decade for their respective sports. While many fans want them to succeed, a pretty large portion of people on the other hand want them to fail. These two college stars' success will not make or break the hobby and the investment aspect as a whole but will leave many with a bad taste in their mouth. Whether you like the hype around young players or not, there is no denying the impact it has on the hobby. People love

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Jan 07, 20223 min read

Notable Weekly Gainers

2018 Donruss Luka Doncic #177 - BGS 9.5 - 133% Change Lukamania for the Donruss Rated Rookie 2018 BGS 9.5 in the last week seeing a massive 133% increase. The last sale of $200 was a massive spike over the previous sale of $86. While I would be hesistant to say that base cards are coming back, it could be assumed that the market corrected on this card. While 99% of base is free falling there is still a place in the market for these cards. A Luka Doncic Donruss Rated Rookie 9.5 for $86 is pret

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Jan 06, 20222 min read

Who's Trending Up This Chaotic NBA Season?

With the season just at or over the 30 game mark for many teams we can finally get a sense of who is the real deal and who was pretending early on. The Wizards and Cavaliers were 2 teams that surprised early on but as of today the Wizards have flamed out while the Cavaliers keep rolling. As far as players go, who are some that have seen consistent growth over the last few months? Stephen Curry: After a disappointing 2 seasons riddled with injuries to himself and teammates, the Warriors an

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Dec 22, 20213 min read

Notable Weekly Gainers

Ben Simmons 2016 Donruss Optic PSA 10  - 115% Increase The Ben Simmons saga has been tiresome to say the least as the amount of attention this situation has garnered is pretty absurd. In the last week it has come out that several teams are interested in trading for Ben Simmons which gives the impression this situation could be soon coming to an end. With investors seeing this news, the possibilities of him going to a contending team as Miami have investors intrigued. The result of that has Ben

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Dec 20, 20212 min read

CL Update: New Shop and Sales History

While Collectors Universe acquisition of Card Ladder was the talk of the town last week. We dropped a completely new feature in addition to improving and expanding our shop. All Time Sales History: Card Ladder’s All Time Sales History feature is possibly the biggest and best feature ever released. Although this might sound like an exaggeration, it cannot be put into words how helpful, informative, and useful this feature is. Search for any card you can think of and you will be able to

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Dec 06, 20212 min read

High End is Up, Low End is Down, What's Next? Part 1: The Closure of PSA's bulk Service

As the market currently stands two trends are abundantly clear with one being that low end is tanking and high end is rising. Was this inevitable? Yes, ultimately as PSA returns more and more bulk orders with pop reports soaring it should have been expected that low end slabs specifically would tank in price. A big reason for this being is that the cards that were sent off in bulk orders, were not sent by collectors who actually wanted 25 Devonte Graham Prizm base but rather people looking fo

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Dec 04, 20213 min read

Card Ladder Acquired by Collectors Universe

Today is the biggest day in Card Ladder history since its launch in June of 2020! Collectors Universe [https://www.collectorsuniverse.com/] (which many collectors know for their ownership of PSA) has officially acquired Card Ladder. While this news has likely come as a shock to many collectors, we want to assure you that our core values [https://www.cardladder.com/about] will stay the same. With the sports collectibles industry seeing exponential growth in the spring of 2020, the need for a way

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Dec 02, 20212 min read

Why Are People Spending Millions On Sports Cards?

For many of us, collecting sports cards was one of our childhood hobbies. As a sports fanatic, I loved collecting cards of my favorite players, carefully sorting them into sleeves and arranging them in a binder. However, the monetary value of these cards never crossed my mind. Whenever I saved up a little money, I would find myself at the toy section of Target, looking for a box of sports cards. The anticipation of opening the box and slowly revealing each card one-by-one always excited me and m

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Nov 30, 20215 min read

Card Ladder's Players of the Week

Card Ladder’s player of the week will be a new weekly blog post which showcases some of  the top players in the NBA the prior week. When selecting players we look at several statistics including; record, points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game. Although the players' weekly market change will not be a factor in selecting players, we will be looking at how their play impacted it. Note: If you do not see a player you think should have made it, they might have been featured on the

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Nov 29, 20213 min read

How the Top 3 NFL MVP Candidates Card Markets have Performed Since Week 1!

The NFL off-season was phenomenal for the sports card market with the football market rising over 20,000 points on the index. We saw every quarterback explode this off season from Daniel Jones to Sam Darnold and even the GOAT Tom Brady. 12 weeks into the season, how have football cards performed? But more specifically how have the best of the best performed? In this article we will look at how the top 3 odds on favorites to win MVP sports card markets have performed this year. As of 11/25 the

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Nov 27, 20213 min read

NBA Players of the Week

Card Ladder’s player of the week will be a new weekly blog post which showcases four of the top players in the NBA the prior week. When selecting players we look at several statistics including; record, points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks per game. Although the players' weekly market change will not be a factor in selecting players, we will be looking at how their play impacted it. Note: If you do not see a player you think should have made it, they might have been featured on the p

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Nov 23, 20214 min read