Game Investing

hopper

hopper helps you invest in games

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hopper theorizes that a mini bidding war took place at the 1st Heritage weekly right after the 1st WATA POP report because of... image owned by Heritage Auctions, PSA/WATA owned by Collector's Universe

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Dec 2

23 min 19 sec

hopper goes old school, and rattles through 11 pages of the 2nd EVER Video Game Auction at Goldin managed by Jared, Dom & Nelson featuring 462 games incl. Nintendo, Sports, Comics, etc. Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Goldin under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

Nov 21

1 hr 4 min

hopper picks out six trophies and uses the Mickey Mantle rule to argue that the difference between investment grade and trophies are causing corrections in the 2021 market

Nov 2

58 min 10 sec

CONGRATULATIONS to the new PSA CEO and the 1st Ever NEW CU CEO!! hopper covers a major shift in grading from human to machine based analysis, announced by the leading grading company on the planet, PSA who recently acquired WATA to bring three #1 grading brands under one Collector's Universe umbrella: WATA #1 in games, PSA #1 in cards and PCGS #1 in coins!!!

Oct 27

29 min 46 sec

CONGRATS to Jason & Chris!! hopper goes over the CGC Video Games press release announcing that Jason has become the Grading Finalizer to help with the hobby's most comprehensive database and best-in-class slabs coming in 2022...

Oct 26

14 min 53 sec

hopper goes over the Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Boy Original Power Glove solds at LCG Auctions

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Oct 25

20 min 4 sec

SORRY for the TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES!!! This episode was about the Harrit New World Record for SMB2 at almost $90K, the 100s of records set by 1st to Market modern at CertifiedLink as well as the 1st ever IPO that did NOT sell-out at Otis for SM64 that continues to correct... hopper goes over some significant records incl. the most expensive SMB2 Oval ever sold, most expensive Metroid & Switch pieces, as well as some negative news for Super Mario 64 then closing with "water damage"

Oct 22

1 hr 6 min

hopper covers the mid-Oct, 2021 acquisition of the CGA group incl. Action Figure Authority (AFA) Die-Cast Authority (DCA) Collectible Doll Authority (CDA) and of course Video Game Authority (VGA)

Oct 15

29 min 59 sec

hopper goes over the CGC announcement incl. "super-sleek, crystal clear and more protective than any other option on the market" "video game database, with the goal of creating the most comprehensive database in the industry" "video game production and condition, including video game cartridges, boxes and manuals" suggesting that CGC is going to enter the CiB fray...

Oct 8

29 min 59 sec

hopper speculates on the impact of the VGA POP report and tries to help you think about the grey lines between: collect what you love, invest in what others want to buy and trophies that you can't buy LOL

Oct 5

53 min 58 sec

hopper looks at some SMB123 sales that happened at Goldin & Heritage Auctions in Sept, 2021 then checks out some future auction events on Heritage's Calendar you can view at HA.com by clicking on Auction Schedule the Video Games 

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Sep 30

59 min 43 sec

hopper covers all kinds of activity coming soon incl. 1,000 of games at ComicLink, Heritage, Goldin and ComicConnect as well as some POP report rumors and CGC's entry into grading...

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Sep 27

1 hr 20 min

(UPDATED) ALL-TIME RECORD HIGHS??? • $660K+ Record Breaking Mario < 9.6 • $440K Record Breaking Sonic Games • $420K+ Record Breaking SEGA Game • $240K Highest Public VGA Sale? • $133K+ Record Breaking SMB2 • $79K+ Record Breaking Fighting Game $59K Record Breaking Golden Eye Sale $54K Record Breaking Chrono Trigger • $48K+ Record Breaking Marvel Game $37K Record Breaking Street Fighter II • $24K+ Highest Public PC Game Sale? • $15K Highest Public Basketball Game Sale? • $12K+ Record Breaking Minecraft Sale $12K Public Record Breaking Zelda Test Cart $12K Record Breaking Tony Hawk Sale $11.5 Record Breaking Star Fox Sale $10K Record Breaking NES Pro-Am Sale $6K Record Breaking NES Silver Surfer CONGRATS @ Goldin Auctions!!! hoppers goes over the list he posted to IG incl. Black Box Mario < 9.6, Sonic 1, SMB2, fighting, Marvel, sports and Minecraft that shattered prior SOLDs based on eBay & HA so LMK if you find any higher data out there :) Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Goldin Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

Sep 21

47 min 12 sec

hopper learns print runs for Goldin's Sept, 2021 Inaugural Game Auctions Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Goldin Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

Sep 18

59 min 26 sec

hopper releases inside info. on the Halo Explosion that took place in early Sept, 2021 on fractional share platform Otis announced on Instagram 9/3/2021 Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Otis under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

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Sep 4

29 min 52 sec

CORRECTION!!! Stadium Events has sold for a pretty penny many times BEFORE the graded game Bull Market both in loose cart & Complete in Box (CiB) hopper covers some pieces that jumped incl. weekly records & sports titles, leading to a discussion about diversification... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

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Sep 1

57 min 48 sec

hopper goes over the launch of investment grade video games at Goldin Auctions incl. Super Mario & Sonic

Aug 31

29 min 59 sec

hopper drops an episode for Ben who asked about cancellations and some "daunting eBay topics"

Aug 31

29 min 57 sec

hopper tries to break down bubbles into causes, types and assumptions, incl. panic selling which he believes has not occurred on a macro scale since Atari dumped games in the desert...

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Aug 30

59 min 58 sec

CORRECTIONS!!! IMP means "Incorrect Married Part" NOT imperfect/s "White Bullets Cart" refers to the late 5-Screw Variation hopper covers Zelda boxes and tries to imagine what the POP reports will look like...

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Aug 27

41 min 48 sec

hopper announces the 1st EVER video game auctions at Goldin incl. a sealed 9.0 A Zelda...

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Aug 21

29 min 51 sec

hopper covers the biggest raw sold in video games that he knows of through Aug 20, 2021 incl. facts, rumors & take-aways... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit. This episode's cover art is owned by Goodwill under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit.

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Aug 21

29 min 59 sec

hopper ponders possible flooding after PWCC set a world record selling it's 1st ever video game by shattering Heritage's $2,600 SOLD with 63 bids ending over $15K on eBay! Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by PWCC Marketplace under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

Aug 1

29 min 36 sec

hopper goes over a couple revolutionary solutions to the insurance, receiving, pics, storage, shipping, etc. issues when dealing with super high-end collectibles Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Vault by Goldin Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

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Jul 28

29 min 47 sec

hopper covers one of the biggest problems in the hobby, debated in Clubhouse, following the seven figure world record, set at Heritage Signature mid-July, 2021 Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Collectibles Insurance Services under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

Jul 18

43 min 19 sec

following BACK to BACK WORLD RECORDS incl. the QUEEN at six then the KING at seven figures... hopper covers the recent BILLION dollar moves in the "gaming" industries that he believes is moving towards twelve figures in total gross... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

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Jul 13

29 min 35 sec

CORRECTIONS!!! hopper was wrong about the market moving on from Mario, he set the new world record one day after this episode...and for NO TAX states, Montana is NO sales TAXES NOT income. Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington & Wyoming had NO income TAXES as of mid-July, 2021 but hopper knows that Washington does have a business tax based on sales/revenues, so do your research if you're using an entity to invest. hopper tries some new investing ratios and ends up down a business rabbit hole discussing the state of the industry: incl. the biggest assumptions, problems, opportunities with solutions because he thinks the current changing, chaotic, confusing landscape will probably look very different after some more big moves take place thinking VGA might be next... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions incl. Final Fantasy - Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed [Oval SOQ R], NES Nintendo World Championships 1990 Grey - Wata 8.0 Cart [#0273], NES Super Mario Bros. 3 - Wata 9.4 B Sealed ["Bros." Left, First Production], NES under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

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Jul 11

29 min 59 sec

hopper attempts to go down some of the Zelda rabbit hole after a WATA 9.0 with an A Seal Rating set a NEW WORLD RECORD! DM or email hopper for the spreadsheet kindly shared by an Australian eBayer :) Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is AD-FREE not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is AD-FREE not for profit

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Jul 11

29 min 56 sec

hopper comments on Jay Z & Blackstone buying CGC, CSG, etc. Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Bleeding Cool under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Jul 8

32 min 20 sec

CORRECTION!!! Goldin did NOT set the world records hopper mentioned, but did sell a Honus for $3M+ Listen to Season One Episode 81, Billionaires Invest in Grading to catch up on the trillion dollar collectible markets movers & shakers that just bought Goldin Video Games run by Jared Mast last hopper checked... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions, eBay, Goldin Auctions, ComicConnect, ComicLink, under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Jul 2

29 min 25 sec

hopper tries to share his favorite video game: Clubhouse + Heritage = FUN FUN FUN!!! Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Jun 30

29 min 59 sec

hoppers compares Jordan to Mario incl. art, history, nostalgia, culture, etc. and concludes that these Jumpmen are the most iconic global brands of modern humanity we have today! "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot...and missed. I've failed over, and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. Michael Jordan" TRY --> FAIL --> MASTER Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Jun 28

37 min 38 sec

hopper attempts to cover a dozen grading companies after a 9.6 A++ sold for almost 4x of a 9.8 A Sonic 2 at Heritage Auctions within two weeks apart! Game Graders: WATA, VGA, UKG, CAS, IGS, VGG, WAG Card/Coin/Mag Graders: PSA, PCGS, BGS, BCCG, CGC, NGC, SGC, GMA, CBCS, etc. Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Jun 27

29 min 59 sec

hopper covers the Stadium Events SOLD that shocked the community & hobby that debated why for hours and hours on Clubhouse... "the hobby no longer revolves around Stadium Events" Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Metropolis under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Jun 22

29 min 46 sec

hopper drops an hour but may have over dubbed the 1st 30 min. with the 2nd half so this episode was an example of pain & suffering wasting time & energy... David Goggins

Jun 11

59 min 59 sec

hopper attempts to go over the eleven print runs to analyze variations with some examples of finest solds ending with the question, "what is a game?" Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Rally under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Apr 17

1 hr 2 min

hopper corrects some mistakes and goes over the new timeline, global production numbers and date codes again... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Christian from Italy aka chris1_bit on IG under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Mar 28

22 min 19 sec

hopper covers the most famous game that set a world record in late 2020 and reveals three "first print" runs... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Facebook under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Mar 28

29 min 6 sec

influenced by DefaultGen's YouTube from Deniz's Triangle for collecting hopper tries to explain the market shift from rare to scarce in the early 2020s... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Mar 20

29 min 59 sec

hopper covers ten super heavies and spills the super beans... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art was created by hopper

Mar 13

29 min 55 sec

hopper covers the billions invested into Roblox and ponders where the millions of "kids" will invest when & if they go "physical" after growing up "digital..." Sources: Roblox From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roblox Putting Roblox’s incredible $45 billion IPO in context by KYLE ORLAND - 3/11/2021, 12:11 PM at Ars by Wired https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/03/putting-robloxs-incredible-45-billion-ipo-in-context/ Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by yahoo! under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Mar 13

26 min 43 sec

CORRECTIONS!!! "came out after the NES" should have said, "came out after Zelda" hopper sings about Zelda then takes a time machine back to 1987... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover games developed by Nintendo under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Feb 21

42 min 37 sec

hopper, Josh, Dan, Matt, etc. cover the weekly HA auctions that end on Monday night through March when they will shift to Tuesday with cards... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Feb 16

52 min 12 sec

SHOUTED-OUT Jason owner of Trade N Games who had a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a Museum Quality Set of Classic NES! hopper covers some of the auctions that ended over at ComicLink and remembers the Spider-Man First Print Twins that went off on HA to tease out some important wisdom going forward... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by ComicLink under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Feb 11

40 min 33 sec

CORRECTION!!! ColecoVision was NOT 16-bit but rather based on a new chip after the 6502 pretty much ran Silicon Valley incl. Atari, Apple, Commodore, etc. hopper disagrees with the E.T./Pac-Man scapegoats bringing down the Golden Age of video gaming, and goes over the stories behind the story, that led to Super Mario Bros. saving the industry... SHOUT-OUTs to Yokoi, Miyamoto, Bushnell, The Old Guard, Mihara, pixelperfect80s on eBay, Atari, Nintendo, Coleco, Apple, eBay Facebook, Metal Jesus, etc. REFERENCES: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_Kong_(video_game) https://www.atari.io/atari-nintendo-nes-deal/ https://www.ebay.com/itm/233886818272 Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by pixelperfect80s under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Feb 7

51 min 21 sec

hopper covers the Michael Jackson Signature Auctions and adds the 10th box to his "10 BOXER" system, "HYPE" BUT "scarcity" stole the show... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Jan 30

59 min 51 sec

hopper covers new millionaire money that challenges all the fundamentals we've been talked about last year... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Richtiger Kevin on YouTube and Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Jan 28

27 min 26 sec

CORRECTION!!! there were an estimated 56 Heritage Auctions NOT 204 for 2020, but the thesis of a handful or two FIRST PRINTS going off over the last 200+ auctions might hold? hopper covers the last auction of 2020 and shares the most powerful lesson learned riding the video game bull run that ended with focusing on chasing American First Print Super Heavies... Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Dec 2020

59 min 13 sec

hopper covers the weekly HA.com solds and reminds of the powerful catalysts coming in 2021 incl. Universal Studios and Mario, Zelda, Pokemon & Halo! Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

Dec 2020

28 min 43 sec

hopper goes over the 12/14/2020 Heritage Auctions and learns that prints runs can be complicated after a rumor that there's two Left Bros. Under the 1st Amendment Freedom of Speech this podcast is for educational & entertainment purposes ONLY as this podcast is Ad-Free not for profit This episode's cover art is owned by Heritage Auctions under fair use for commentary ONLY as this episode is Ad-Free not for profit

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Dec 2020

43 min 56 sec