Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley is an interesting case both as a player in the NFL coming off missing almost two years and as an investment with his football cards.
We have seen how dangerous he can be when he is playing to his full potential, the question is, will Jacksonville get that version of Ridley? The hope, of course, is that he will perform to expectations if not even better to help the team reach new heights this coming season.
As with any other player (especially a non-quarterback), there are risks with investing in his cards. First thing is first and as far as football cards go, quarterbacks are king, and where the biggest upside lies, every other position no matter how great the player, will always take a back burner to a rookie card of even a good, not great quarterback. It may not seem right, but it is the way the cookie crumbles.
With a player like Ridley who was on a great trajectory and his cards were affordable, not overly expensive before the time off from football, first for mental health and then the gambling suspension - his cards have taken a serious hit. While they may have started back on the upswing since being reinstated and joining a new, up-and-coming team with a young star quarterback, it is still the offseason and we haven't seen the on-field production.
Is it a good idea to invest in cards of Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley?
What this means is that if you are interested in collecting cards and are also a Jaguars fan, it is still a great time to buy in on some Calvin Ridley rookie cards at a reasonable price in hopes that he does what everyone hopes and expects he will in Jacksonville with a quarterback like Trevor Lawrence at the helm.
Again, a wide receiver, regardless of how great they are and/or become has far less value than a quarterback, but that doesn't mean you can't collect rare cards of them at a reasonable price, or even invest in them to get a solid return.
For comparison, if you spend $1,000 on rookie cards of a good quarterback you may get a couple cards whereas on a receiver, you might be able to pick up 10-20 cards. If the receiver does really great you actually have the potential to have higher profits on those 10-20 cards than you would on the one to two of the quarterback. This is another factor to consider when deciding on players to invest in.
The risk of investing in a running back or wide receiver could actually be lower as well as the cost of investing in them. While the price of the cards may not reach what a quarterback could, the return could end up being bigger when you sell simply because you bought lower.
When investing in cards of players, these are things to consider. Any highly touted quarterback coming out of college will invariably be expensive to get your hands on cards of them that could hold value. Other skill positions may actually be safer bets.