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The Swifty Bump

Just as everyone expected the news that would be inescapable across the NFL landscape in week 3 is who Travis Kelce is dating... For better or for worse, it seems two fandoms have colided. While Chiefs fans are not exactly running out to get Taylor Swift merchandise, it seems Swift fans want to know all things Kelce. According to Front Office Sports: Since Taylor Swift showed up to Sunday's Chiefs-Bears game: • 400% spike in Travis Kelce jersey sales • Kelce's podcast ranks #1 overall on Apple

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Sep 30, 20231 min read

Purdy is Undefeated, On and Off the Field

Brock Purdy aka Mr. Irrelevant of the 2022 NFL Draft is 11-0 as a starter in games he finishes. While he likely is not Brady, his story is trending towards being just as inspirational. This is not a Trent Dilfer situation either, as Purdy is slinging the rock with confidence. Having McCaffrey does not hurt but let's not act like Purdy is playing timid or throwing check downs. Purdy has a great arm and decision making, which is perfect for the Shanahan offense. Critics say, he is nothing more th

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Sep 26, 20231 min read

Coach Sanders Cards on the Upswing

Invest in... coach cards??? We often hear about the next this or that you should invest in often times ending in colossal failure. However people who had the foresight to buy Deion Sanders cards over the last year are currently very happy. Deion Sanders is the greatest two sport athlete of all time, almost every list you find puts him as the G.O.A.T. NFL cornerback. While also adding a decade long MLB career as a starting outfielder on World Series contending teams. Deion Sanders started his co

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Sep 26, 20232 min read

Real Deal or Too Soon To Tell: Jordan Love

Could it be? Could it really be that the Packers have done it again? Since 1992, the Packers have had to worry about a singular position less than any other team in the NFL. Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers have become synonymous with the Packers franchise over the last 4 decades. So finally, uncertainty struck with 2020 first round pick taking the helm after sitting three years like Rodgers did from 2005-2008. Through his first three starts, Love has a 2-1 record including a 17-0 comeback win vs

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Sep 26, 20231 min read

Mia Hamm Cards See World Cup Bump

Despite retiring from professional soccer several decades ago, Mia Hamm continues to wield a remarkable influence, not only in the realm of sports but also within the world of collectibles. Hamm played a pivotal role in elevating women's soccer to global prominence. She gained widespread recognition during her time with the United States Women's National Soccer Team from 1987 to 2004. Hamm's illustrious career saw her secure two FIFA Women's World Cup championships and two Olympic gold medals. W

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Aug 25, 20231 min read

Why 2023 Football Cards Could Cease to Exist

The NFLPA has terminated its trading card agreement with Panini, effective immediately. Fanatics now holds exclusive rights to produce NFLPA-branded trading cards. Email was just sent out informing contract advisors of the decision: — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 21, 2023 Today's news came as a shock to everyone, people expected Fanatics to take over as the sole producer of football cards in 3 years but not now! The NFLPA announced they terminated their ag

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Aug 22, 20231 min read

Fifths Times The Charm: Samuel Darnold's Market Is Booming...

Sam Darnold has had a meme of a career, ups and downs do not describe how his career has played out. From getting mono on the Jets to starting out 3-0 looking like the hottest QB in the league as a Panther. The Darnold rollercoaster would resemble Ryan Fitzpatrick but without the glorious beard and marketing campaign behind him. Sam Darnold at the moment ranks #1 for active NFL players and #2 for all NFL players in the index (min 9 cards). Entering his six season in the NFL, it feels like the D

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Aug 6, 20232 min read

Ball Over All: Miles Bridges Market Booms

Miles Bridges just 2 years ago was one of the best young players in the entire NBA, however due to his own actions his career changed overnight. Debate of whether he should be allowed to play again is still on-going, Adam Silver deemed him eligible to return to the court this upcoming season. Bridges was 72 hours from a rookie max-extension before he uphended his family and career. Now on a one year 7 million dollar deal, he will look to return to his former 2021-22 glory. Looking at Card Ladde

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Aug 4, 20231 min read

The Lakers 2019 Hobby Reclamation Project

In January of 2o23, the Lakers traded for the #9 overall pick Rui Hachimura. Rui entering 2022-23 was in a make or break season, he had not lived up to the hype and the Wizards well... Were the Wizards. Rui found himself in and out of the rotation for the Lakers but come playoffs he went off. Rui averaged 17 points per game for the first 8 games of the playoffs. As a result of his playoff success he earned a 3 year / 51 million dollar contract. With the 2019 NBA Free Agency period upon us, the

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Jul 3, 20232 min read

New Feature: Industry Health

Industry view includes public reports on overall sales volume in the secondary market. Research the secondary market at a high level by viewing sales volume totals and the number of transactions in the last decade. Card Ladder tracks every card sale in the secondary market so we are the only ones to be able to publish data like this used by experts in the industry. Get ahead of the market trends and be ready for the next boom in cards. The Industry view gives you a high level overview of the se

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Jun 24, 20231 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

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 Ball Family Woes Continue

BIG BALLER BRAND was inescapable if you followed sports and one would possibly call it stalking if they were a basketball fan. LaVar Ball and his family were at every which way you turned from morning talk shows, pre game shows, halftime shows, post game shows, Youtube shows, etc. LaVar Ball had people he who passionately loved him and people who passionately hated him. LaVar Ball proclaimed his son to be better than Stephen Curry who was just coming off his second ring in three years. Big Ball

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Feb 28, 20233 min read