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A 16-year-old who just sold a basketball trading card for a record-breaking $1.81 million shares his best strategies for making bank as a card collector and reseller

A 16-year-old who just sold a basketball trading card for a record-breaking $1.81 million shares his best strategies for making bank as a card collector and reseller

Andrew Park after hours trading.
David Park




Andrew Park is a 16-year-old from California who's transformed his trading card reselling hobby into a lucrative side business.




His latest sale — a basketball trading card of Giannis Antetokounmpo purchased for $40,000 three years ago — resulted in a record-breaking $1.81 million.




He shared with Business Insider his journey to the top, as well as his key strategies for making money reselling trading cards.




Pokémon cards as a preteen were Park's initial catalyst into card trading. After segueing into his favorite sports, he said he now spends "at least a couple of hours a day" buying and researching cards.




He's found the most success through leveraging his online network on his Instagram account and from conventions, buying during off seasons, and occasionally making risky investments.




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Andrew Park, who just turned 16 years old, bought a basketball trading card of Giannis Antetokounmpo for $40,000 in July 2017. He then sold it in September 2020 for $1.81 million, the highest amount that a basketball card has ever sold for in history. This wasn't the teen's first success in this business, either: The veteran card reseller has been making serious coin from his card collections since he was 11 years old, and he'd previously raked in more than $1 million from his hobby-turned-business before his latest sale made history.
A 16-year-old who just sold a basketball trading card for a record-breaking $1.81 million shares his best strategies for making bank as a card collector and reseller

Park in his hotel room opening up cards during convention week.
David Park

Back in December 2019, Park sold a Luka Doncic basketball card for $350,000 that he'd purchased about six months earlier for $75,000, enjoying a net gain of $275,000 on a single card.
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