Anybody who has read my content knows how much stock I put into relevance in my sports card flipping strategy. In my experience, relevance is what drives the masses to eBay to make a purchase. In some cases–such as hitting a big shot in a big game–relevance is hard to predict. In others–such as an event like the Olympics–the relevant game is much easier to play.
Once every four years, the world comes together on a grand stage, and athletes from sports that don’t typically get mainstream attention step into the spotlight. Because of the lack of mainstream attention, these athletes also typically have way fewer cards out there than a basketball or baseball player, which plays out well in the supply vs. demand game, while the cost of entry on many of these cards was relatively low.
About two months before the Olympics, I wrote an article about the Top 10 United States Olympic Athletes Whose Cards to Look Out For and thought that it might be fun to buy some of the cards, grade them with SGC at $25/each, put them on eBay a couple of weeks before the Olympics started and see how it all plays out.
Below you will see the results of the play, and hopefully, it will help you plan around other big events that may be coming up, where you can deploy a similar strategy.