Over the years, the Select Draft Pick Signature inserts (or DPS as they are widely known) have become one of the most popular subsets in the footy card hobby. Not only are they a first-year card of the player, but an autographed version too. So, it’s no surprise they are now highly sought after.
Back in the early days, DPS cards had quite large print runs. First showcased in 1998 as part of the Select Signature release, the 20 DPS cards were limited to 750 each – not overly scarce in today’s standards. Which is why we see the DPS of a future legend such as Buddy Franklin, from 2005 Select Dynasty, only valued at $300-400. 600 of these cards were made.
Fast forward to recent times and we’ve seen a significant reduction in the print runs. The early 10s saw 400 DPS cards of each player, and in 2018, the number was cut to 180. 2019 and 2020 we saw Select product 175 Draft Pick Signature cards of each player.
Then in 2021, there was yet another game changer. In Select’s Optimum release, instead of just the highest drafted player from each team making up the set, every single player in the first round of the draft got a signature card.
On top of that, each player had multiple variants of their DPS – Platinum (limited to 40), Gold (limited to 85) and Copper (limited to 170). This is a huge transformation for the hobby, and it’s not known if this will become a regular feature of future DPS sets. But one thing’s for sure, the 2021 Optimum DPS will likely prove a highly collectable set for a long time.
Imagine picking up a platinum or gold DPS of a player from the 2020 Draft who turns out to be star – with less than 100 cards in existence, each one will be worth a mint!
Here are some of our choices of undervalued players in the 2021 Select Optimum DPS release who could carve out an amazing career in the AFL.