Safe to say there will be quite a few investors looking at the Igor Shesterkin rookie card market as we head into the upcoming season. While he may not be as exciting of a player as team fellow rookie and teammate Alexis Lafreniere, he reigns supreme in one very important factor. Calder Trophy aka Rookie of the Year speculation. Yes, the hotshot young goalie in New York is the odds on favorite to win the award. By quite a bit. So while it may not be as flashy of a play as an Alexis Lafreniere rookie card investment, it could up being a much better one. Especially if he proves all the sharps right by hoisting the Calder come season’s end.
Now what you’re probably thinking is “wait, didn’t I see him play last season?”. Yes, you did. And quite BRILLIANTLY at that. But he only played 12 games (and won 10 of them by the way) so 2021 will be his TRUE rookie season. Now let’s check out his rookie cards!
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Best Igor Shesterkin Rookie Card List (2019-2020 Sets)
2019-20 SP Authentic (Buy on eBay)
Nothing flashy, just a high-quality player on a high-quality card. There’s plenty of variations and two different photo styles to choose from. Consider grabbing one with an autograph for more skin in the game. We personally favor the Young Guns edition. Right now it looks like the highest valued cards sell between $500 to $1,000.
2019-20 UD Ultimate Collection (Buy on eBay)
Once again you won’t have a hard time finding a variety of great options in this set. In addition to variety, the set provides tremendous value for those who are only looking to test the waters of the Igor Shesterkin rookie card market. For instance, you can pick up many of the rarer parallels for less than $200. Just take a look at the one above. Yes Please.
2019-20 Upper Deck Stature (Buy this card on eBay)
Now, these cards are something to behold. Talk about eye candy. The many parallels from this set offer a color explosion across just about every millimeter of the card. It almost seems like Igor’s autograph would take away from the card’s true beauty but it’s available nonetheless. By the way, they also come with material patches if that’s your thing. Solid cards, the highest of value of which approach $500.
2019-2020 Signature (Find Bargain on eBay)
As far as popularity, this is one of the most bought and sold Igor Shesterkin rookie cards. So if you’re looking for one that should move quickly when it’s time to sell consider this beauty. Actually, there’s nothing too beautiful about this card. Just a simple layout from the folks at Upper Deck. If you’re looking to spice things up grab one of the countless numbers of parallels and consider a patch/auto combo.
2019-20 Upper Deck Canvas (Buy on eBay)
Now, this is the type of hockey card we can get behind. The set reminds us of the classic Upper Deck cards of the early to mid-nineties when we first got in the game. Those were the days! But enough nostalgia. In addition to being great looking cards, they’re quite the bargain to boot. Even a PSA GRADE 10 GEM MINT should only run you a couple hundred. Do it.
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Igor Shesterkin Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
True, the market may have been driven up when Igor burst onto the scene last season. However, it’s now the offseason so prices should reflect that. The kid didn’t show many flaws last season so we expect more of the same amazing play in 2021. Additionally, you have that Rookie of the Year possibility to look forward to. Hard to see anything to gripe about here. 9.5/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
If you think Igor is a flash in the pan, think again. Just check out these numbers from his pre-NHL days. Pretty sick. We’re betting on true staying power here. Quite possibly the most likely outcome you’ll face as an investor is a tough decision between whether to sell for a quick short-term profit or hold out for even bigger dollars. Nice problem to have. If you opt to go with the latter, there are a lot worse combos to bet on over the next five years than LaFreniere and Shesterkin. 9.5/10
Long (5 years plus)
While we are incredibly high on Igor, we need to see at least one more year of play before we let our minds drift into this realm. 5/10