March 15, 2022 - 11 min read
Buy, sell or hold analysis for VeeFriends Premium Trading Card set by Zerocool.
We are tracking all public box breaks to help you see which VeeFriends Trading Cards have been pulled. You can check that out here.
Last week, Zerocool (owned by Fanatics) held a 3-day blind dutch auction for its inaugural culture trading card set with the VeeFriends NFT project.
I did a deep dive into where I thought these boxes would be priced at and came pretty close as they sold for $2,150 and I predicted $2,500 — $3,500.
Not even 24 hours later, the boxes started selling on the secondary market (eBay) for over $5,500.
There are even some box breaks charging 1 Book Games token per spot, which amounts to about $10,000 per box.
We’re also starting to see cards pop up on the secondary market, with a few auctions that have 6 days remaining:
Cores — $200+
Rare and Epic — $300+
1/1 — $2,000+
Based on my math, every box will have a 1/1. And most box breaks have 3 hits (7 core, a 1/1 and 2 Rares / Very Rares).
Even with 6 days left, that puts a box value at $3,700 minimum.
Now, a lot of people are wondering — should you sell your box? Hold? Break it? Buy on secondary.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these cards on the secondary market, there are a bunch of live listings and you can now shop for them on the secondary market via eBay! to shop for VeeFriends Zerocool trading cards as they are hitting the secondary market (plenty are live right now!), you can take a look at eBay listings here.
Disclaimer: The eBay link above is an affiliate link, which provide a small commission to us at no cost to you. These links track your purchase and credit it to this website. Affiliate links are a primary way that we make money from this blog and we have a lot of VeeFriends trading cards we want to buy. You can read our full affiliate disclosure here.
Here’s the thing to remember — Series 2 VeeFriends is launching in April. There are a lot of variables at play here. In my opinion, the group that’s doing 1 Book Games token per spot in a box break is smart (but must be mindful of legalities with box breaks).
1 Book Games token is a 26% chance at minting a Series 2 VeeFriends for under $1,000 and I think (depending on characters) these could end up at 3–4 ETH.
Let’s dive into some data from the sports card world to help arm you with data to make decisions. Please remember, this is not financial advice. You have to make your own decisions, but this should provide some information to make the right one for you.
There were only 1,000 boxes produced for this trading card set. So far (as of March 15th, 2021) 8 boxes have been publicly opened.
To compare, 2018 Flawless NBA (at a $10,000 price point) had about 4,000 boxes produced.
There are 10,000 cards in the entire inaugural set. There are over 19,000 copies of Ja Morant’s Prizm PSA 10 BASE rookie card.
The value of the boxes will be based on the value of the chase cards on the secondary market.
There are 14 remaining cards that Gary V hand-drew art for new Series 2 characters on. There are clear-cut top VeeFriend characters with 1/1s in this set. There are autograph cards.
If all 14 remaining new character cards are pulled tomorrow, the box value would decline.
If autographs of top characters are all pulled tomorrow, the value of the box would decline.
However, if a few hundred boxes are ripped, and some of those chase cards are not pulled, then things will get interesting.
Once a chase card sells on secondary, it will set the value for the boxes. E.g. if a hand-drawn new character card sells for over $100,000, the value of the boxes will likely increase.
Based on the sports card market, a $100,000 chase card would command about $8,000 — $10,000 per box on secondary. This is taken from Flawless NBA 2018 boxes priced at $10,000 with a few chase cards left that could command 6-figures.
Verdict: if you have a box and you want to sell to maximize value, it’s best to do a box break. If you are new to this, I highly recommend you proceed with caution. If not done the proper way (video documentation, clear rules of engagement, on-time shipping, etc.) you may find yourself in hot water legally. This is technically gambling so do your research. It remains true that few people will spend $10,000 on a box, but many would be willing to gamble $1,000 per spot at getting a chase card.
If you have a box and can hold it for the next decade-plus, it might have a collector factor even if most chase cards are pulled. But again, each box more than likely has a 1/1.
If you want to sell but don’t want to wait a decade, I recommend selling right after the sale of a big card on secondary. It’ll likely mean more of the big hits still haven’t been pulled and everyone looking to chase will pay more for those boxes.
Currently, there’s about a 1.4% chance of pulling a just art card from the new VeeFriends Series 2 characters, so it may be a while before all are pulled.
Lastly — if you are selling to go acquire Book Games tokens which gets you a chance to mint a VeeFriends Series 2, you may see more gains by doing that. E.g. sell your box for $5,000, buy 5 Book Games tokens, get 2 mint spots and the floor ends up at 3 ETH. This is speculation, but fun dynamics are at play!
If you are looking to buy a box of VeeFriends zerocool trading cards, you can check out the secondary listings on eBay here.
If you decide to break your box and open the pack inside, below are a few recommended products to help keep the condition of your cards in the best possible shape (and will be needed for shipping if you sell them or send them in for grading). The below links are affiliate links and we receive a small commission at no cost to you if you make a purchase.
We have personally used these products and each listed is the right size for the thickness of the VeeFriends zerocool trading cards:
Penny Sleeves - carefully insert your cards into a penny sleeve. Don't push them in. Let them "fall" into the sleeve. I would suggest getting the penny sleeves for thicker cards, cutting a corner off the top so the card falls in easily. If you push the card into a sleeve it could damage the surface or the corners of the cards.
35 PT Toploaders - toploaders offer an extra layer of protection for your cards. Place a card in a penny sleeve first, then the toploader. Do not push a card into a toploader, again you could risk damaging it.
Painters Tape - lots of people "seal" a toploader with scotch tape but this is problematic. It's hard to peel scotch tape off and if the card gets pushed to the top of the loader, the scotch tape could adhere to the card and damage it. Use painters tape for easy on, easy off.
One-Touch Resealable Bags - after you penny sleeve, topload and add painters tape across the top of the toploader (to give it a seal) consider putting cards in a resealable bag. They will add yet another layer of protection from any dust, water, etc. by keeping the protected card sealed from the elements.
Protective Carrying Case with Adjustable Foam Insert - if you are looking for a place to put your cards other than a shoebox, I recommended this Pelican 1120 Case with Adjustable Foam. You can cut out sections of the foam to store your cards in a water-tight case with the option to add locks. It makes it easier for carrying around a lot of cards safely.
It depends on the price, but at $1,000 per spot, my answer would be no.
We need more secondary market data to help us make a better decision.
Given what we know so far, there are likely 3 hits from the box.
1/1s would put you into profit, but it remains to be seen if rare/very rare/epic and core cards would. It could also depend on the characters.
It would be better (in my humble opinion) to take the $1,000 and buy the card or cards you want.
You could get wildly lucky and pay $1,000 for an auto, or you could get unlucky and pay $1,000 for a core card that sells for $200 on secondary.
The standard advice in the sports card market is not to buy into breaks but rather buy the cards you want.
However, there are only 10,000 cards in this set. You’re guaranteed a hit (depending on how the break is set up) and I think just about every card will hold a value of $200 or more.
It’s your call, but be prepared to lose over $800. It might be worth buying a Book Games token for the chance at VeeFriends Series 2 mint. If those “pop” you could always flip and come back to eBay with more money to buy off secondary.
Again, this is not financial advice, just my perspective.
Unless there is a card you think will never be seen again and you can afford it, my answer is no.
This is a price graph of Lamelo Ball’s Silver Prizm ungraded.
The first copy to hit the market sold for almost $2,000.
It last sold for $148.75.
Keep in mind, there were 1,185 sales of this card in the past year. It’s a much higher supply than the VeeFriends trading card set but this pattern shows up a lot in the sports card market.
When people start ripping boxes, the secondary market will flood with supply in the next few weeks and you may be able to find some steals.
With VeeFriends Series 2 approaching, maybe there isn’t as much liquid capital flowing into these cards during peak supply.
No one can predict the future, but Ball’s graph is telling.
For example, this Helpful Hippo core is $200 but there are 21 other copies. What if 12 are pulled and all listed on eBay?
What if 1,000 base cards are up on auction next week?
I think it could be a good time to strike when supply is high. If you know the VeeFriends characters well, and you track prices for 1/1, rares, etc, and start to see patterns, you could find underpriced cards.
When you are ready to strike for cards or boxes on the secondary market, you can check out the listings and shop for them via eBay! There are actually a number of cards live already and you can take a look at eBay listings here.
Disclaimer: The eBay link above is an affiliate link, which provides a small commission to us at no cost to you. These links track your purchase and credit it to this website. Affiliate links are a primary way that we make money from this blog and we have a lot of VeeFriends trading cards we want to buy. You can read our full affiliate disclosure here.
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There are only 10,000 cards across 1,000 boxes in this set.
VeeFriends Series 2 is minting next month.
There are a lot of dynamics in the VeeFriends ecosystem right now.
Book Games are about $1,000 per floor price.
Series 2 could turn a lot of heads and maybe be the best play but the limited trading cards are very attractive.
The best thing you can possibly do is not spend money you can’t afford to lose, buy what you like, and lean on data to help you make good decisions.
The market is going to tell us a lot about how it values these cards over the next month, you just have to pay attention.
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