Not many people had a better week than Josh Leonardi. The Northern Ohio collector recently bought a box of the very pricey 2020 National Treasures football during a live seller event on the Loupe app and his high risk/high reward roll of the dice paid off. Along with a printing plate, a low-numbered Chase Young rookie, and a 1/1 Joey Bosa Nike patch, he pulled a Stars & Stripes Rookie Patch Autograph card of 2020 NFL Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert.
Numbered to 20, it’s among the better cards you could pull in the product, with recent sales of well over $40,000.
Four nights later, Leonardi went back for another box from another Loupe seller and ended up pulling a Tua Tagovailoa rookie patch auto 1 of 1 card.
While it’s tough to put a value on a 1/1 rookie from a major high-end release, it’s pretty safe to say those two breaks, including the other cards that came out of both boxes, resulted in somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000 worth of cards pulled from two boxes in three days.
Last week, the seller of the Herbert card, Mike Mulvogue, flew from Houston to Cleveland to hand-deliver the Herbert card to Leonardi and his son.
Leonardi plans to sell the Herbert but hasn’t yet decided on a method. He’s kicking around the idea of consigning with an auction house or going the eBay route, but would also entertain the idea of a private buyer. Interested parties can reach out to him on Instagram at @JoshLeo4.
The Tagovailoa card is a different story. Leonardi thinks Tagovailoa’s long term prospects are good and the value will only go up, so he’s content to hold onto it for a while.
If you’re still unaware, Loupe is a dedicated streaming platform on which the entire breaking, buying and selling process takes place in-app — payment, watching the cards ripped live on stream in front of an audience and shipment. It’s free to download on iOS and Android.