Which 2020 Mosaic Basketball Cards Should Your Buy?

With Panini releasing the Mosaic FOTL (First of the Line) Hobby Box today, I wanted to take a deeper look at these cards. They look really nice and have been selling for a lot of money. Is that because of the pandemic and the lack of new cards being released into the market? Maybe. But Zion and his play before the shutdown is the true driving force for the value of this year’s basketball cards.

Zion Williamson – Green Swirl from FOTL box

So Mosaic FOTL which is being released today at 11 am. It is being done as a dutch auction. If you want in on the action – Click Here. The price is starting at $1,000 for the box of 150 cards and every 5 minutes the price drops until there are no more. You will receive a guaranteed auto and they have the exclusive pink and green swirl parallels.

You can check out my podcast where I talk about 2020 Mosaic Cards being released.

I decided to look at the other boxes of Mosaic, their price points, and the amounts of cards in each box. The prices came from Ebay solds. I used the higher sale amounts including shipping.

Cost Per Box# of CardsPrice per Card
Multi Packs$ 40.0015$ 2.67
Hanger$ 60.0020$ 3.00
Blaster$ 70.0032$ 2.19
Mega Box$ 160.0080$ 2.00
Hobby Box$ 600.00150$ 4.00
2019-20 Mosaic Hobby Box

So just looking purely at a cost per card the Mega Box is what you should be buying today. Now this may change but looking at ebay solds gives me this information.

Now I understand that a hobby box will give you an a guaranteed autograph, but can you count on it being a big score? No. It will more likely be a low dollar card. You will also get exclusive silver, blue, purple, pink, gold, and black parallels. But each box has there own special parallel. Which one will be the highest? Time will tell.

If you want to see all the different parallels and which box has what, check out cardboard connection here.

2019-2020 Mosaic Parallel

Now Mosaic parallels looks great, but it still doesn’t sell as well as the silvers. It looks like it doesn’t matter what the set is, if there is a silver, it’s going to sell higher. So I looked up ebay sold prices for some of the top players in this release. See the chart below.

PlayerBase Sold $Silver Sold $
Zion Williamson$ 70.00$ 800.00
Ja Morant$ 35.00$ 280.00
Tyler Herro$ 2.00$ 35.00
Rui Hachimura$ 4.00$ 45.00
Eric Paschal$ 3.00$ 12.00
Lebron James$ 10.00$ 150.00
Cam Reddish$ 4.00$ 20.00
Coby White$ 5.00$ 70.00
RJ Barrett$ 12.00$ 50.00
PJ Washington$ 2.00$ 12.00

The prices on most of these will go down once the hobby boxes and FOTL hobby boxes are opened. This will increase the supply of cards which is why the prices will drop, except for Lebron. It seems like it doesn’t matter how many Lebron’s there are, the price of the card will just go up.

If the Mosaic base or silver cards cost the same as the equivalent Panini Prizm cards. Buy the Prizm Card.

Yes Mosaic looks really nice. But for an investment/flipping purposes Panini Prizm is where it’s at. An example of this is Tyler Herro Panini Prizm Silver goes for $40 raw. The Tyler Herro Mosaic Silver has sold from $35-40. If this is the case I would wait for the price to drop.

And yes I said to buy Panini Prizm in a Mosaic article.

If you want to check out what these cards look like see the video below.

So are you buying? Please comment below and let me know!

Top 6 Places to Buy and Sell Sports Cards

When I got back into the hobby, I couldn’t believe all of the changes that were made. I knew Ebay had really changed the game and enabled collectors to buy cards that previously were hard to get. But were there other places that I didn’t know about? Well there was!

When I started searching I could’t believe all the different places I could go to buy, sell, and trade cards. Now if you have been following me and my podcast I have shared this information with you before. But if you are just starting out this will be a great starting point

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  1. Ebay – This is still the go to place to buy and sell sports cards. Ebay changed the game when they started back in the day. The ability to buy cards that people couldn’t get at their local card shops really was a huge draw. Also, the amount of cards that were available drove prices down which made cards more affordable. People complain about their fees, but I feel it’s a small price to pay for the amount of buyers they can attract.
  2. Facebook Groups – Outside of Ebay, facebook groups are the biggest buyers and sellers of sports cards. Engage with the community and you will be buying and selling in no time. Please be warned there are scammers on there. Luckily there is a website for that – Click Here. Also make sure you pay Paypal Goods and Services to protect yourself if they don’t ship the card. If you want to learn how to flip cards on facebook check out this interview! Click Here
  3. Instagram – A great place to post pictures of your cards to buy, sell, trade, or just show off. Instagram trends towards a younger crowd with newer cards being more popular on the platform. You can save on fees if you put the work into your account. Here is an article that I wrote to help you build your following and make some bank bro.
  4. COMC – This marketplace is only for buying and selling sports cards. You send in your cards and COMC will scan and list your cards for you. If someone buys you cards they ship it for you! The best part of Comc is that you can buy from multiple buyers and pay one shipping cost. They also have a feature that you can buy and then list the card without touching the card.
  5. Blowout Forum – They have different sections for each sport, there they talk about each release of cards. Also, they buy, sell, and trade cards on these forums. It’s a great place to learn as well as buy/sell cards.
  6. PSA Card Forums – Similiar to Blowout forums. But they also have set registries where you can see collector’s PSA sets. Take a look at what they are missing from the set and shoot them an email if you have the card for a sale. No guessing what they are looking for, you already know it!

Did I miss any? Please let me know in the comments below and if you found this informative please share!