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Trades and Trends by Altan Insights: July 17, 2021

Trades and Trends by Altan Insights: July 17, 2021
July 17, 2021
Bradley Calleja

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Although only four assets on Rally finished positive, their performances were strong enough to give the platform a 12.84% average return for the week. The 1985 NES Ice Climber nearly doubled its market cap, rising 96.30% to close as the best-performing fractional asset. The Hermès 35CM Picnic Kelly gained 63.33% and two cars- the 1992 Corvette ZR1 and 1994 Lamborghini Jalpa jumped 62.16% and 35.29% respectively.

Video games were the best-performing asset class, carried entirely by Ice Climber but cars featured three different offerings and gained 32.08% on average. Three different sports cards traded this week on Rally with an average return of -14.14% while card games tumbled -13.64%. The 1996 Kobe Bryant Finest Refractor and 2000 Pokémon Neo Genesis Lugia both dropped -27.27%. The median return on Rally was -0.61% and fourteen different assets traded with three closing their sessions unchanged. 


Note: Only assets that traded for the entire week are included in data calculations and graphs.

Ten different assets gained at least 23% this week on Collectable as the platform returned another positive week on average. The Kevin Durant Chrome Refractor jumped 61.54% to set the pace while vintage sports cards and memorabilia also returned a strong week. Six of the ten best-performing assets were pre-1960’s baseball offerings with Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays leading the way. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle gained 41.84% after Memory Lane Auctions sold a Mantle from that set with the same PSA 8 grade for $2.1 million. The Mantle now has a $970,000 market cap which still sits well below the auction result. The Topps Willie Mays basket gained 41.43% and a 1955 Sandy Koufax rookie card jumped 33.85%. Sports cards returned 4.02% on average while sports memorabilia gained 3.42%. The average return on the platform was 3.88% and 78 different assets traded during the week. 

Basketball and baseball were the best-performing asset classes, gaining 8.70% and 4.55% on average respectively. Modern baseball cards struggled during the week as four of the ten worst-performing assets featured cards produced between 2015-2017. In a negative catalyst, Ronald Acuna suffered a season-ending ACL injury and his 2017 Gold Refractor fell -42.62%. Hockey was the worst-performing asset class this week as the 2005 Alexander Ovechkin dropped -16.67%. 


Note: Only assets that traded for the entire week are included in data calculations and graphs.

Otis returned another positive week with an average platform return of 1.52%. Lionel Messi helped Argentina secure their first international trophy in 28 years and investors in his 2004 La Liga rookie card cashed-in on the catalyst. The Messi card was the best performing asset on the platform, gaining 45.71% while the basket of five Air Jordan 1’s added 31.62% to finish second.  The Original Apple iPhone jumped another 27.68% after gaining 60.9% last week. The first fractionalized phone is now up 233.33% since IPO and the 2G device helped memorabilia finish as the best-performing asset class on the week. 

Six different assets gained at least 25% and sneakers made up 3 of the top 10 best-performing individual offerings. Sneakers as an asset class gained 3.42% overall while video games, comic books, art, and sports cards all returned positive weeks. 

For the second straight week, sports memorabilia was the worst-performing asset class on Otis. The Michael Jordan AJ1 Player Exclusives fell -32.96% and the sector slipped -7.32% on average. Card games were the only other asset class to finish in the red on Otis as the Pokemon 1st Edition Blastoise dropped -9.09%.

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