A Massachusetts dealer-collector finally will be getting his exquisite — and expensive — basketball cards back. And the former postal clerk who stole and tried to sell that dealer’s 23 high end cards through the internet — including a 2003-04 LeBron James Upper Deck Exquisite rookie patch card worth at least $25,000 — was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation by a … [Read more...] about Ex-Postal Worker Sentenced In Theft Of High-End Cards
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A Massachusetts dealer-collector thought he had lost something exquisite through the mail, but thanks to patience, persistent detective work and some good luck, some valuable rookie cards soon will be back in his possession. And a former postal clerk is awaiting sentencing for stealing a package that contained sports cards worth at least $68,668. The 37-year-old dealer knows … [Read more...] about Retrieving Cards Stolen By Postal Worker Was Long Process
This is an important month for sports card shops and online retailers who sell boxes of cards. The release of the first baseball card product of the season can set the tone for the rest of the year and it’s the one time when there is a lot of attention on one product. Several mainstream media outlets reported on Derek Jeter’s farewell card, the First Pitch inserts and … [Read more...] about Notes: Topps Baseball Sales, Ruth Card Hits $80K, CU Revenue, Butler Autograph Deal
It’s often the late bloomers who become the biggest stars. One look at the hottest Anthony Davis rookie cards and it’s clear the New Orleans Pelicans’ wunderkind is entering the realm of superstar. Interest in his future is off the charts both in the league—and in the hobby. Davis saw an eight-inch growth spurt during an 18-month period in … [Read more...] about Fear the Brow: Anthony Davis Rookie Cards Heat Up
Some basketball card collectors avoided last season’s crop of first year players because they were already knew a bigger, better draft class was coming. With the season just days away and the first in-season products either already on the market or coming soon, it’s a good time to take a look at the players to watch on 2014-15 NBA rookie cards. The strange … [Read more...] about NBA Rookie Class Has Potential Star Power
Panini America went to work quickly after LeBron James opted to return to the Cavaliers and now the company is touting the first 2014 cards of LeBron as part of a 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention giveaway…but you’ll have to have good speed—and some luck—to get them. Three LeBron cards are part of a Tools of the Trade Update which will include game-worn … [Read more...] about LeBron’s First Cards as Cav Returnee to Debut in Cleveland
After creating a lot of publicity for basketball for his college wizardry at LSU and setting many scoring records, Pete Maravich entered the NBA as the third pick in the 1970 NBA Draft. With his floppy socks, amazing passing skills and seemingly impossible shot-making ability, Maravich was the guy every kid growing up in the late 1960’s wanted to be. Pete … [Read more...] about Pete Maravich Basketball Cards Still Resonate
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