Back in the end of September 2020 I wrote about paid subscription sports cards advisors and whether the services they provide are worth the monthly price paid – my determination at the time was that while most of these so called card experts are just repeating the trending information from social media that there was at least one service which I actually found value in, that being Sports Card Investor from Geoff Wilson. Unfortunately, my opinion on even Geoff’s service has now changed.
Let me start out with 100% transparency, I was not, nor have I ever been an affiliate of, nor paid to promote Sports Card Investor. I found their service this past summer when I was looking at card shows and found the 2020 Virtual Con hosted and presented by Sports Card Investor. I signed up for the service during the Virtual Con, and have been a member ever since, well at least up until the 31st of October.
In the beginning of October 2020 an email was sent out to all of the basic membership subscribers of Sports Card Investor, alerting them that this service was being discontinued, and if we wished to continue having access to the members only content and livestreams, we would have to upgrade to their new Market Movers Lite plan, at a whopping $25 per month fee. Now, the basic membership was only $9.99 per month, which provided access to the members only area, members forums, a private Discord channel, and access to all the blog posts concerning sports card investing, cards that the Sports Card Investor staff were buying or selling, etc. Honestly, some pretty good information and some great content to read that I didn’t mind paying $10 a month to support. Heck, I wish people were willing to pay me $10 a month to write on this blog, might make my wife believe this is actually a worthwhile project!
Anyway, with the elimination of the basic membership and moving all membership options specifically to involve their Market Movers platform, I think Geoff has really done a disservice to his subscribers – honestly, not everyone is looking for a platform to look at graphs and track the value of their sports cards – some of us just wanted the ability to connect with like minded collectors, share our collecting journey with others and talk shop! Why then are you forcing your Market Movers platform down everyone’s throat? And the price increase? Are you kidding me? 250% price increase on the monthly subscription fee!
Needless to say, this change has sealed the fate of Sports Card Investor with us here at Cardboard Prospector, because honestly, it was ridiculous to pay $10 a month for their opinions, much less $25 a month for the same content and no value added to us, because we wouldn’t ever use the Market Movers platform. It seems to me that this move was simply a ploy to get more money out of subscribers, plain and simple. If you had subscribers that were on basic membership, there was a reason for that – all Sports Card Investor has done now is alienate a whole group of their subscribers who will likely drop their service for the same reason as us.
Final verdict – no, paid subscription sports card advisor services are not worth your money, because unless you are a complete novice, with no sports sense at all, (in which case, why are you collecting?), and have no access to social media (is that possible?), you can literally make your own determination on what cards to prospect on just by looking at the stats, listening to the buzz on social media about players, and simply looking at the market – hell, jump on eBay or Cardsnoop.com and look up some platers, see what they are selling for and make your own determination on what to prospect on! As always, our advice is to pull the rookies and veteran stars – the rookies because they’re cheap, only made for one year and having the right rookie cards could make you a millionaire some day (look at the Mike Trout sale!), and the veteran stars because once players reach that legend status they will always have some value – look at PSA in their auction prices realized section for some of the old 80’s basketball wax, huge upward trend in the last year alone for veteran stars!
*Disclaimer: Investing in trading cards, comic books, memorabilia, and any other item involves a substantial risk of loss and is not suitable for everyone. Cardboard Prospector does not provide financial advice, and none of our articles or opinions should be construed as financial or investment advice. We do not guarantee results from your decision making based on our opinions and content. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence prior to making any investment.