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Fools Gold vs Real Gold: James Wiseman

James Wiseman has had one of the more fascinating and controversial collegiate and professional career over the last three years. Coming off a season where he did not play yet won an NBA championship, can Wiseman become what  back to his projected greatness? The number one recruit in the nation (ESPN) committed to play at Memphis under 90s icon Penny Hardaway. Three games into the season the NCAA declared him ineligible to play collegiate sports. It all becomes a bit complicated but Hardaway is

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Oct 2, 20224 min read

Breaking Down the Donovan Mitchell Trade

Donovan Mitchell is one of the very few players that you could find on people's most overrated and underrated list and both could have solid arguments. Regardless of how overrated or underrated you think Mitchell is, you have to put in perspective what they gave up. The Cavaliers shocked the NBA world last season when they won 44 games with Garland & Allen who became all-stars. With Sexton not playing last year due to an ACL injury, the only piece the Cavaliers gave up who has an on the court pr

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Sep 3, 20222 min read

Card Ladder Index: Monthly Gainers

Heading into the NFL season with week one just one week away, big things are happening in the football market. The NBA season is also on the horizon just under 2 months away with the MLB heading into the post season. This article will pick a handful of cards off the Ladder with some of the most notable monthly gainers. 2009 Upper Deck First Edition Star Rookies Gold Stephen Curry #196 Monthly Change: 419.23% The reigning Finals MVP flagship Upper Deck Gold Star Rookies saw a massive jump. De

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Aug 30, 20222 min read

Three Summer League Standouts

With summer league coming to an end, this blog will showcase standouts from the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League. This blog will try to not focus on the 2022 top picks like Paolo & Keegan but moreso the lesser known mid-late first rounders. Tari Eason Houston Rockets 2022 Draft: 17th pick Position: Power Forward Height: 6'8" Age: 21 Summer League Performance: Points: 17.2 Rebounds: 10.4 Assists: 1.6 Steals: 1.8 Blocks: 1 FG %: 44.7 3P %: 33.3 Needs Improvement: Soley based on statistics, Ea

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Jul 25, 20223 min read

Kevin Durant Trade Rumors, Breaking Down What We Know

Free agency can be hard enough to follow for the average fan, so when Kevin Durant demanded a trade out of left field it left NBA fans in shock. A top 5 player in the league with 4 years remaining contractually demanding a trade out of the blue is unheard of! Typically when superstars are traded and or demand trades they are on expiring deals with free agency upcoming. With so many trade rumors and constant news swirling around Kevin Durant, this blog will break down what we know so far. Includi

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Jul 5, 20223 min read

NBA Free Agency Days 1 & 2 Tracker

Free agency has become a basketball holiday of sorts which fans of all teams can anticipate. These are not the playoffs where just 16 teams make the playoffs and realistically only 4-6 teams have a chance of winning every season. Free agency is when teams like the Lakers can go from a laughing stock from 2013-2017 then sign LeBron James in 2018 winning a title just 2 years later. Free agents are not the only players on the move as we see tons of trades. In 2018 the Raptors traded their franchise

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Jul 2, 202213 min read

One Week Later did the NBA Champions Receive a Market Boost?

One week removed from the Warriors championship, how have the individual players markets reacted? Stephen Curry was the western conference playoff player of the year, NBA champion, and Finals MVP market is down -3.22% over the last two weeks. Card Ladder has 247 cards which consists Curry's best cards, rookie cards of all variety, Prizms, Kabooms, Downtowns, Galactics, and much much more. Despite all of that his market is down but from November to the start of the playoffs, it is up 78%. Kla

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Jun 27, 20223 min read

2022 NBA Draft Recap(Picks 4-6)

The 2022 NBA Draft changed a ton of lifes and marked the beginning of the 2022-23 NBA season. In an extremely eventful night filled with trades that came to forwishen and tons of rumors that ultimately fell flat, this article is your guide to the 2022 NBA Draft. #4 Sacramento Kings: Keegan Murray Points: 24 Rebounds: 9 Assists: 2 The Sacramento Kings who have not made the playoffs since LeBron James was 21 years old in his third season once again selected in the lottery... In an extremely

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Jun 25, 20223 min read

2022 NBA Draft Recap(Picks 1-3)

The 2022 NBA Draft changed a ton of lifes and marked the beginning of the 2022-23 NBA season. In an extremely eventful night filled with trades that came to forwishen and tons of rumors that ultimately fell flat, this article is your guide to the 2022 NBA Draft. #1 Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero Points: 17 Rebounds: 8 Assists: 3 The Magic selected the presumed safest/NBA ready player of the top 3 picks but also the one who can easily become the best. Banchero is the perfect fit for the Magi

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Jun 24, 20223 min read

Get to know the 2022 NBA Draft's Big Three

With the NBA draft in just ONE DAY!!! Many speculations of where players might be drafted with veterans also being traded are at an all time high. While it is impossible to know what player will get drafted where, this article will give the pros and cons to potential landing spots for the 2022 drafts big three. Jabari Smith: Orlando Magic: As of June 22 it is assumed by and that Jabari will be taken #1 by the Magic. If this is the case he is a great fit as the Magic are a

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Jun 23, 20223 min read

Notable Monthly Gainers

Stephen Curry 2009 Bowman 48 Blue /1948 BGS 9 Monthly Change: 106.02% Price: $4,275 Curry's only Bowman card in existence and it also happens to be Bowmans last basketball product in 2009. This product payed homage to where it all began for Bowman in 1948, with the exactly same design of Bowman 1948 with new parallels, autographs, and players of course. Mikan 1948 Bowman (left) & Mikan 2009 Bowman 48' (right)With people seemingly climbing the vintage mountain as it is being proclaimed as the

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Jun 21, 20222 min read

Is Tatum Secretly The Hobbies Favorite Young Basketball Star?

If you were to ask a handful of people who they think the hobbies favorite ultra modern basketball star is, how many would say Tatum? Odds are you would get a lot of votes for Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Ja Morant. While Tatum would be part of the discussion not many would believe you if you told them his market index is one of the few young players to always go up. Tatum's all time market is up all time since 2018 but to be fair so is literally everyone else's. What makes Tatum's index so int

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Jun 5, 20222 min read

Witnessing Greatness: Stephen Curry

We all know Stephen Curry now as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game credited for revolutionizing the game of basketball. Coming from humble beginnings unlike many of the other stars and even role players in the NBA today. Many of the most average players in the NBA were high school stars, while most players dreamed about playing at a powerhouse Duke and Kentucky... Curry's dream was to play at Virginia Tech who ultimately didn't recruit him due to being 160 pounds soaking wet

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Jun 1, 20223 min read

Market Trend: 1996 Topps Chrome Refractors PSA 10

In a time when many are panicking about the market collapsing in their eyes, being able to identify a positive market trend in a presumed down market can do wonders for your hobby experience. We saw a run up with 1996 Topps cards before specifically Kobe and while of course the Kobe is nowhere near its all time high but what about the other iconic players from the 1996 draft? Steve Nash In the last 12 months the Nash went from $8,988 to $19,200, an absolutely phenomenal 113% growth. In compar

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May 30, 20222 min read

How Have Deep Playoff Runs Affected Four Stars Markets?

Performance is not everything when it comes to sports cards but with the playoffs starting a little over a month ago. How have the markets changed for four star players who have played exceptionally well during the playoffs? Making the conference finals is far from easily, just look at how many times Giannis has made it out of the second round. In this article, we will be taking a look at notable players who made the conference finals and how affected their markets. Luka Doncic: The clear fac

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May 27, 20223 min read