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Sports Collecting News and Notes 7/18

Upper Deck Company

Upper Deck’s release date updates, Allen & Ginter’s leading sellers are ladies, a Michigan couple finds peace and happiness with a small town shop… and Michael Jordan’s gift to kids in Japan.

Rajon Rondo Rookie Cards: Initials or Full Sig, He’s Still Underrated

Topps Chrome Rajon Rondo auto RC

He’s one of the most exciting players in the NBA and now may be the time that Rajon Rondo rookie cards start getting a little more respect.

I Heart the 90s (Inserts): 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Ray Allen emerald

Their maker is extinct. They’re 14 years old. And collectors are paying a LOT of green for mean, green 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems.

Griffin Rookie Cards Not As Pricey a Year Later


In spite of recent headlines, the sales prices of last year’s top NBA rookie have dipped.

Chris Paul Rookie Cards Getting Long Term Boost With Trade to L.A?

Chris Paul Exquisite Rookie

The trade winds blew Chris Paul rookie cards all over the place during the on again, off again trade to L.A. Now that the young superstar has settled in Clipper-land, they could be poised for growth.

Eric Gordon Rookie Cards: The Next Russell Westbrook?

Exquisite Eric Gordon signed rookie card

Juan Martinez sees your Blake Griffin and raises you an Eric Gordon rookie card. Is he the next Russell Westbrook?

Penny Hardaway Cards Show Surprising Staying Power

SLAM magazine Revenge of Penny Hardaway

Think he’s just faded into your box of retired star cards you can’t move? Think again.

2011-12 SP Authentic Basketball: Upper Deck Tries to Fill the Hoops Card Void

SP Authentic 2011-12 basketball box

No labor contract? No problem for Upper Deck, which has become the basketball card torchbearer this season, even without an NBA license. Pack-busting Juan Martinez evaluates the contents of a newly purchased box.

The $400 Michael Jordan Autograph

1996 Jordan auto SPx

What may be one of the year’s only basketball card products has made getting a Michael Jordan autograph a more attainable proposition.

Editor’s Blog: Charlie Sheen’s Collection, Panini Plans,

Charlie Sheen

He’s had a few well-chronicled issues in recent months, but actor Charlie Sheen is fired up about getting back to work–and still loves baseball memorabilia. The star of Major League and now, CBS’ Two and a Half Men, settled in for a half hour conversation with Dan Patrick Monday.  They talked about a lot of […]

Mike Tyson Returning to National

Autographs Mike Tyson

Former champ Mike Tyson will take time out from his one-man show to again sign autographs at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Complete 2012 Topps Baseball Series One Checklist

Ryan Braun 2012 Topps baseball card

Get your click finger ready. We’ve got the final 2012 Topps Baseball Series One checklist, three weeks ahead of the debut of the season’s first baseball card products.

2012 Hall of Fame Election: Any Impact on Cards, Autos?

Baseball Hall of Fame

Who’ll get in on the 2012 Hall of Fame Election ballot and is there enough collector interest in any of the candidates to justify a value spike?

Topps Baseball 2011 Checklist

Series Two Baseball Topps 2011

The complete Topps Baseball Series One and Two checklists.

2010 Topps Series Two Review

2010 Topps Series Two

Our box breaker gets his hands on Topps Series II baseball.

2010 Topps Heritage Baseball Short Prints, Quirks

2010 Heritage Pablo Sandoval

What’s wacky about 2010 Topps Heritage? Plenty…and if you want some of these cards, you’ll have to hit the discount giants.

2008 Topps Heritage Short Prints, Variation List Released

It’s 1959 all over again for collectors of 2008 Topps Heritage. Short prints and back color variations–this time on purpose. Here’s the info you need if you’re tackling this set.