For basketball card collectors and investors it is a case of what they know now and if only they knew it back then. A decade ago Upper Deck thought they had a concept of short printed cards with a high price point that would change the industry. Plenty of people baulked at paying $500 for five NBA cards. Today, there are many who would gladly pay $5,000 for that pack of … [Read more...] about 2003-04 Exquisite Collection Basketball: 10 Years Later
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Grey Flannel Auctions is selling a unique Mickey Mantle item in its current catalog auction…this one dating from his minor league career. Mantle was honored as the recipient of the very first Oklahoma Old Timers Minor League Award presented to him in honor of his being named “Oklahoma’s Outstanding Minor Leaguer of 1950” and the trophy he received is up for bid. Mantle … [Read more...] about News & Notes: Mantle Minor League Trophy, Auction Opens, Card With 16 LeBron Autographs Pulled & on eBay
Few players have been as quick as Tony Parker, or won as high a percentage of games, or been able to score inside so well considering his height, or been able to dominate the NBA after learning his basketball skills overseas. Parker's excellence has once again played a huge role in putting the Spurs within a game of another NBA title. Collectors haven't always … [Read more...] about Tony Parker Cards: Undervalued?
by Juan Martinez I knew what Chris Paul looked like as a Clipper years before it actually happened. It was a scenario that I allowed myself to dream up every year; I would pick up the latest game in the NBA 2K franchise and create a Los Angeles Clippers team that wasn’t a total piece of garbage. Prior to Vinny Del Negro taking over as head coach, I would fire … [Read more...] about Chris Paul Rookie Cards Getting Long Term Boost With Trade to L.A?
If the NBA is reaching "nuclear winter", as commissioner David Stern so dramatically put it, the fallout will reach the trading card industry. No deal between owners and players means no officially licensed NBA cards dated 2011-12. It could mean this year's rookie crop won't have official rookie cards until 2012-13 and it puts a hole in the hearts of collectors who … [Read more...] about Lockout Could Lock Down NBA Rookie Card Crop
Upper Deck had just been born. Score was still around. Topps was still putting gum in its wax packs (and they really were made of wax). 1989 seems like ancient history now, but probably like yesterday for Matt Mossette. The owner of Mossette's Sports Cards in Fresno launched his business more than 21 years ago and he's still going strong, outlasting … [Read more...] about California Card Shop Rolls On
He's the talk of the NBA...but not because he's getting a shot at the NBA championship that has so far eluded him. Despite a bizarre collapse in the Eastern Conference semi-finals and impending free agency, LeBron James has been big business for dealers in Cleveland--and around the country. James' profile was elevated again when he won the NBA MVP award this season. In … [Read more...] about James Has Been Big Business in Cleveland