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!