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End Collectors Matter! One Reason Why Ultra Modern Cards Are Struggling

In the world of collectibles, such as trading cards, there are two distinct types of people: those who collect cards for the love of the hobby and appreciate their sentimental value, and those who view them as mere commodities to be bought and sold for profit. Obscure niche players from the 2000's are seeing all time highs for cards that only surface once a year and in some cases, a decade. There is an end collector actively seeking these cards and not looking to flip. Since January 1st, 2023 (a

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May 26, 20233 min read

Playoff Murray Can't Be Stopped

April 13th, 2021 the Nuggets were down 111-104 with 50 seconds left when disaster struck. Murray suffered what appeared to be a noncontact injury, he fell to the ground in pain. Grabbing his left knee and punching the court with his hand after trying to split two Warriors defenders on a drive. On the team bus on the way to the airport, Murray asked coach Malone; "Are you guys going to trade me? I’m damaged goods." Coach Malone hugged him and said, "Hell no. Your ours. We love you. We’re going to

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May 24, 20232 min read

Wembanyama Hype Spreads To His Future Teammates

Victor Wembanyama is being proclaimed as the greatest prospect of all time, with some television personalities saying he would go over 18 year old LeBron James. The San Antonio Spurs emerged as the winners of the NBA Draft Lottery, securing the first overall pick for the upcoming draft. The Spurs' victory in the lottery comes as a welcome boost for the franchise, which has a storied history of success and a reputation for astute player development. 2023 AttendanceHomeRoadOverallRKTEAMGMSTOTALAV

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May 23, 20234 min read

Fanatics Acquires PWCC

Months after the acquisition of Topps, the leader of Fanatics, Michael Rubin started to outline his vision for Fanatics Collectibles. His goal was to make Fanatics a one stop shop for the collector instead of the current model of collectors having to bounce around to buy, grade, and sell their cards. The acquisition of PWCC makes total sense with the vision Rubin and Fanatics have. Rubin in October of 2021 said; “To be quite frank, the trading card companies are good manufacturers but they don

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May 23, 20232 min read

Devin Booker's Playoff Scoring Run

Devin Booker just tied up the series 2-2 with another great performance, where he not Durant showed up and out. Booker & the Suns were embarrassed by the Mavericks last season after being blown out by 40+ points at home in game 7. It was so embarrassing that the Suns had to put out an apology for the performance. It was clear that Booker did not want or need another apology letter coming out after these playoffs. In four games going against the #1 seed Nuggets with 2021 & 2022 NBA MVP, Booker h

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May 8, 20231 min read

Why Bryce Young & Co. Could Surprise Folks

The Carolina Panthers have the reputation of a cursed franchise ever since they released Cam Newton in 2020. While they have had a carousels of quarterbacks which ultimately led them back to Newton in 2022... Clearly the Panthers had a big problem at quarterback, one in which Baker Mayfield or PJ Walker could not solve. The 2022 season was an interesting one for the Panthers as they started Sam Darnold 6 games, PJ Walker 5 games, and Baker Mayfield 5 games. While Walker and Darnold had their mo

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May 8, 20232 min read

Knicks Advance, BING BONG

THE NEW YORK KNICKS ARE ADVANCING IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013! Despite Julius Randle playing like Knicks legend Andrea Bargnani before getting hurt, they put away the Cavaliers easily in 5 games. It was not a pretty series with both teams struggling to score against each other's elite defensive strategies. While Brunson led the Knicks to a victory/upset over the #4 seed Cavaliers, the shooting splits were not pretty. However when it mattered most, the Knicks players came u

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May 1, 20231 min read


Paul George infamously coined the term Playoff P in the 2017 playoffs before being bounced in the first round. Playoffs have become due or die for NBA players with the regular season becoming largely irrelevant for NBA players. Players performing out of their mind has earned many players nicknames, most famously Rajon Rondo aka Playoff Rondo. Game Recap: Hawks 116, Heat 105 | NBA.comGame Recap: Hawks 116, Heat 105NBA Logo The Miami Heat started off their 2023 playoffs disastrously with losing

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Apr 28, 20232 min read

Collectors Want Grails

If you showed someone with no hobby experience the current content being made in the hobby, one would assume that the sky is falling. If you are active in the sports card social media space, you often see influencers and collectors giving their thoughts on the market. If you weren't in the card space itself, your takeaway from seeing one of these post would likely leave you ill-informed. It is true that the Luka Doncic's National Treasures Rookie Patch Autos are down but the conversation should

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Apr 23, 20232 min read

Did the Most Improved Market Improve?

Lauri Markkanen is sitting pretty at -250 to win the 2023 NBA most improved award. Coming into the league in 2017, the 7th pick was immediately dealt by the Wolves to Chicago for Jimmy Butler. His first two seasons started out promising, averaging 15 followed by 18 points per game. Standing at 7 feet, he showed flashes of greatness with a sweet shooting touch and ability to score from anywhere. However his defense and 43% field goal percentage were somewhat of concern, but easily improvable. His

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Apr 20, 20232 min read

Shams Dropping Hobby News

The first week of 2022 came with a bang, with news of the American manufacturer and retailer of licensed sportswear and sports collectibles acquiring Topps. The $500,000,000 acquisation of the iconic sports card brand followed with news of Fanatics acquiring the licenses to the NBA and NFL. Additionally, they've struck deals with the respective players associations with the Leagues. It was important for Fanatics to acquire both the league license and players union license. The league license gi

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Apr 9, 20233 min read

Check Your Kids Bookshelves For These Two Cards

It is always a pleseant suprise to find cash or loose change in between the cushion of your couch. No one has ever complained about finding a crisp hundred dollar bill in their home where they weren't expecting it. Sports Illustrated Kids is the child oriented version of the iconic Sports Illustrated. With each edition come a sheet of 9 cards featuring some of the most popular players at the time. These magazines are plentiful and often send to schools in bulk, hoping to get the youth to read ab

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Apr 4, 20233 min read

How Jalen Brunson Proved Cuban & Doubters Wrong

When you think of the 2018 Mavericks draft, All-NBA Luka Doncic comes to mind. However last season, Brunson proved to be more than a role player averaging 16 points per game. Brunson showed his ability to be a dominant player on the court in the first round of the 2022 playoffs. Brunson single handedly dismantled and ended the Gobert x Mitchell era in Utah. Without Luka, Brunson averaged 28 points per game and it started to have the Mavericks front office worried. The Mavericks before the 2021-

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Mar 27, 20232 min read

Fox and Sabonis' Resurrection of Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings prior to this season have been the laughing stock of the league for the last two decades. The last time they made the playoffs, LeBron was 21 years old and Chris Paul was a rookie. While people might point to teams like the Bobcats as the league's laughing stock, they have at least made playoff appearances in the last decade. During this drought, teams have rebuilt many times with the Kings failing to do so just once. However, this season it all changed, the hiring of Mike

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Mar 22, 20232 min read

The Sudden Rise of Mikal Bridges

Drafted by his hometown 76ers which minutes later turned into the 76ers trading him to Phoenix. Bridges quickly stood out as an elite defender who struggled offensively. With each year that went by, he improved every aspect of his game. Bridges shot 33% from beyond the arc as a rookie and by his third year he was shooting 42%. His points per game also improved by 6 from his rookie year to third year. In his 56 games with the Suns this season, he was averaging a career best 17 points per game. De

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Mar 20, 20232 min read