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Trades and Trends: October Review

Trades and Trends: October Review
November 3, 2021
Bradley Calleja

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While performance remained positive on Rally, returns continued to drop lower than the previous month. The average return in August was 32.11% followed by a 23.12% average in September. October delivered a 12.34% average with a median return of 0.65%. 

In September, eleven assets gained at least 50% while only five assets climbed that amount this month. For the third consecutive month on Rally, video games were the best performing asset class as the sector returned 40.88% on average. In August, video games closed with an average return of 214% and were 132% higher on average in September. Memorabilia was the second-best performing asset class in October with a 29.32% average return followed by luxury which moved 21.51% higher. Since July, six of the 12 video games to trade on Rally gained at least 100% during the trading session. 

The 1st Generation Apple iPod was the best-performing asset on Rally this month, adding 120% in its first trading session and doubling its market cap to a new valuation of $55,000. Finishing in second was the 1990 NES Super Mario Bros. 3 which closed with a 102% gain to lead all video games. The 1934 Goudey Lou Gehrig climbed 76.47% to close as the top-performing sports card while the Rolex Air-King Dominos Pizza watch ticked 55% higher. Comic books were carried by Batman as copies #1 and #2 traded this month on Rally, returning 47.12% and 30% respectively. 

Pokémon card struggled this month on Rally as the 1st Edition Complete set fell -33.33% to close as the worst-performing asset. The 1st Edition Booster Box and Neo Genesis Booster Box also fell -12.5% and -5.56% respectively. Overall, card games dropped -3.68% on average to finish as one of two asset classes to trade negatively this month. Sports memorabilia slipped -1.71% on average as the Game-Worn Zion Sneakers stumbled -13.76%. In total, 57 assets traded this month on Rally


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

Performance on Otis closed with a positive average but a negative median as returns continued to trend downward month-over-month. The average return on Otis in August was 9.05% followed by a 5.25% ROI in September. The average in October settled at 0.78% with a -0.12% median return across 105 traded assets. 

Two comic books led this month on Otis as Tomb of Dracula #10 gained 200% and Avengers #1 added 63.93%. There were only 8 comic books that traded the entire month on Otis but four finished among the top ten best-performing assets. The Tomb of Dracula return demonstrated an impressive bounce back from worst to first as the comic had closed September as the worst-performing asset on the platform with a loss of -73.33%. Michael Jordan’s Player Exclusive TYPS moved 56.03% higher to lead sneakers and a copy of Contra climbed 33.33% to set the pace for video games.

The Air Jordan 1 Modern Classics fell -48.19% while the Dior x Air Jordan 1 Low’s lowered their market cap by -42.31%. While 34 sports cards were traded in October on Otis, no examples gained more than 25% but three different cards fell at least -28%. The 2014 Panini Green Crystal Lionel Messi slipped -37.45% and the 1987 Fleer Michael Jordan dropped -30.15%.  NFTs dropped -10.23% on average while video games fell -9.81%. The three asset classes to post positive returns were comic books, sports memorabilia, and memorabilia, which added 45.95%, 5.62%, and 3.75% respectively. In September, comic books were the second-worst performing asset class with a -14.29% average return.


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

The average return on Collectable fell sharply this month but a flurry of assets returned strong performance propelled by recent catalysts. The platform closed with a -3.48% average return matched with a -5.51% median ROI. Sports memorabilia fell -5.64% on average while sports cards slipped -2.90%. 

The 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball Sealed Hobby Box soared 121.71% higher after Goldin Auctions sold a case that features three boxes for $996,300 on October 23rd. The 1959 Topps Willie Mays Basket added 38.10% which marks the second consecutive month of strong performance for a Mays-related asset. In September, the 1960 Topps Willie Mays card was the best-performing asset on Collectable with a 114.29% gain. The Michael Jordan 2007-08 Exquisite Collection card jumped 37.17% and the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle moved 36.35% higher. Another asset that demonstrated continued month-over-month ascension was Josh Allen’s 2018 Gold Refractor. The rookie card of the MVP-caliber quarterback gained 25.26% this month after returning 80.75% in September. 

Only one piece of sports memorabilia closed within the top ten best-performing assets on Collectable as the Emmitt Smith Rushing Uniform gained 19.23%. Ten different assets fell at least -23% on Collectable this month while three offerings dropped -40% lower. The 2018-19 Michael Porter Championship Ticket tumbled -46.81% to close as the worst-performing asset while the 2003-04 Topps Chrome Box bounced -45% lower. Two active baseball players also struggled this month as the Corey Seager Orange Refractor Basket dropped -41.01% and the 2015 Gleyber Torres Orange Refractor card fell -31.16%. 

Tennis was the best-performing sport on Collectable as the 2003 Serena Williams NetPro Elite Basket returned 20.4%. Hockey was the only other sport to close with a positive average return as the Sidney Crosby Rookie Basket helped to frozen game gain 7.84% on average. Golf-related assets fell -11.08% while soccer slipped -8.47% on average.

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