Friday, December 30, 2011

Michael Jordan 1992-93 Fleer Team Leaders

This card is probably the most desirable card of Michael Jordan produced during the 1992-93 NBA season. And arguably, the toughest to pull.

I'm talking about the 1992-93 Michael Jordan Fleer Team Leaders insert card.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mail Week December 5 - 9: Kobe Premium Players, Jordan Hoops High Voltage, etc.

Here are my recent acquisitions for my Shaquille O'Neal main PC as well as for my Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant side PCs.

Check out my mail week December 5 - 9.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My First Kobe Bryant Patch Card, Serial Numbered 10/10 - a 1 of 1?

Finally got my first Kobe Bryant patch card!

It's a 2009-10 Prestige Prestigious Pros Materials Platinum #1. It's actually the patch version of the regular Pros Materials Blue jersey card which is serial numbered to 200.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kobe Bryant Graded Rookie Card: 96-97 Finest BGS 9.5 UNPEELED

Here's an important addition to my Kobe Bryant BGS 9.5 RC collection.

It is Kobe's Finest RC.

Mail Day October 24: Dwight Howard Rookie Cards

Check out my mail day for October 24, 2011.

Thanks to lemu23 of nbacardsph for letting go of his Dwight Howard rookie cards.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

My First Shaquille O'Neal National Treasures Card: NBA Greatest Materials Patch #d/10

This is my first Shaquille O'Neal card from Panini's $400-box, its most expensive basketball product, the answer to Upper Deck's Exquisite - the Playoff National Treasures.

It's a 09-10 Playoff National Treasures NBA Greatest Materials Prime #17 serial numbered 09 out of 10.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Manny Pacquiao 2011 Topps Allen and Ginter Autograph eBay Sales

2011 Topps Allen and Ginter baseball went live yesterday.

This product is highly anticipated by collectors because randomly inserted in packs are the first Manny Pacquiao certified autographed trading cards.

Panini HRX Video Autographed Trading Cards (Kobe, Durant, Griffin, Wall)

Panini is changing the face of the sports cards hobby by recently releasing the world's first video trading cards.
As the name implies, these cards include a small screen that can play up to 30 minutes worth of video footage of the player indicated on the card.

The cards are officially called as the Panini HRX (Highlight Reel Xperience) trading cards with the first batch featuring four of basketball's top athletes (Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, John Wall and slam-dunk champion Blake Griffin) plastered across them.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Manny Pacquiao's First Certified Trading Card Autograph

While this site is clearly dedicated to basketball sports cards, allow me to once in a while post something not related to the sports.

After all, this one is still about sports cards. And I am a big Manny Pacquiao fan so I'm really excited about this one.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kobe Bryant 96-97 Topps Chrome RC BCCG 10

Finally, I already have in my possession a copy of Kobe Bryant's best rookie card, a 96-97 Topps Chrome.

Beckett says that just like the Michael Jordan 86-87 Fleer rookie card, counterfeit copies of this one are flying around due to its high demand and scarcity.

Friday, July 1, 2011

How to Spot a Fake Michael Jordan Rookie Card

Michael Jordan only has one mainstream rookie card, the 1986-87 Fleer #57.

It is widely considered the "Holy Grail" of the basketball sports cards hobby. This is a must have for any die-hard fan of the greatest basketball player ever.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mail Week June 13 - 17: Dwight Howard 09-10 National Treasures Patch #d/10, etc.

For this mail week, I got cards for my Shaq and Dwight Howard main PC as well as for my Kobe Bryant side PC.

Check out my mail week for June 13 - 17.

Friday, June 10, 2011

My Two Favorite Shaq 90's Inserts: Hot Numbers and SkyView

Out of my Shaquille O'Neal collection, these are the two insert cards I really like.

The 1995-96 Hoops SkyView and 1995-96 Flair Hot Numbers cards.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal's Trading Cards: By the Numbers

With a simple tweet, Shaquille O’Neal announces his retirement after 19 years of playing in the NBA.

The last member of the 50 Greatest Players of the NBA to retire, Shaq's career has been dominating. This also translated to sports cards where his cardboards have been one of the most highly collectible in the hobby.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal 93-94 Finest Rainbow Set

The 1993-94 Finest Basketball set is groundbreaking because it is the first premium basketball set.

Produced by Topps, it contains a total of 220 base cards and 40 subset cards of ten of the best players in each of the four divisions as follows: Atlantic (card # 90-99), Central (card # 100-109), Midwest (card # 110-119), and Pacific (card # 120-129). 

Mail Months April - May: Huge Lot of Shaq Rare Cards

These are what I have accumulated over the past two months of April and May for my Shaquille O'Neal collection.

Most of these are hard-to-find insert cards. As most of the player collectors who came to love the hobby in its  heydays in the early to mid-90's as high school or college students, I have long wanted these cards. But since my financial capability is next to zero at those times, I never got the chance to add them to my PC. Until now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kobe Bryant 98-99 SkyBox Thunder Flight School

This has got to be one of the coolest and most unique insert design ever.

The 1998-99 SkyBox Thunder Flight School insert card has a "binocular" design which is unlike any card ever produced. The cards have a ratio of one in 96.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Russell Westbrook 08-09 UD Black #46 Jersey Auto RC

The Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the Western Conference Finals today after defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the pivotal Game 7 of their Western Conference Semifinals matchup.

Kevin Durant played a large part in the 105-90 win scoring 39 points. Arguably, Russell Westbrook provided the more impact as he finished with his first playoff career triple-double (14 points, 14 assists, 10 rebounds).

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Derrick Rose 2008 Playoff Contenders #78 RC Auto /88

With Derrick Rose being named today as the NBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2010-11 NBA season, it's about time I show off the best Rose card in my possession.

It's a Derrick Rose 2008 Playoff Contenders #78 RC Auto /88.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

My First Kobe Bryant Graded Rookie Card: 96-97 Topps #138 RC BGS 9.5

For my Kobe Bryant side PC, I don't intend to collect all his cards.

Only his rookie cards as well as his insert cards from his rookie year up to the 1998-99 NBA season.

Kobe Bryant 96-97 Topps Draft Redemption

Kobe Bryant's rookie campaign was not exactly explosive.

As only the 13th pick in a very deep 1996 NBA Draft, and the first guard to be ever taken out of high school at that, his minutes were very limited especially that the team he plays, the Los Angeles Lakers already got a talented guard duo in Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.

Mail Week April 11 - 15: Cool Kobe and Jordan Inserts, etc.

In this mail week, I got a Shaq refractor and Dwight Howard wood auto for my main PC and cool Kobe and Jordan inserts for my side PC. Also got a nice patch for my trade baits.

Check out my mail week for April 11 - 15.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Vince Carter 09-10 Exquisite Collection Buyback Auto

Last July 22, 2010, I redeemed four redemption cards for 09-10 Exquisite Collection Buyback autos of Dwight Howard, Chril Paul and Vince Carter.

After the process, I was given a message to allow up to 12-16 weeks for delivery. That's 3-4 months which I find very long. However, I did not expect that it will be until 8 months later before I receive... not all cards but only one -- the Vince Carter.

My White Whale: 1/1 Dwight Howard Autographed Jersey Printing Plate

In the world of sports cards, a white whale is a card that you have decided to be a must have for your collection. It might not be valuable to others but for you, your collection is incomplete without it.

However, acquiring it is very difficult because it seldom comes up and chasing that card might sometimes take you years.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mail Week March 28 - April 1: 1 of 1 Inserts and Autos, Carter Exquisite and Jordans

I have been literally flooded with mails this month.

While I really like my March 21-25 mail week because of the rare Shaq 90's inserts, nice Dwight Howard autos and Kobe 2nd year inserts, my mails for the past week is not too shabby either because, finally, my Dwight Howard white whale has arrived.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Michael Jordan 86-87 Fleer Rookie Card Reprint... Err, Fake

Michael Jordan is widely considered as the greatest basketball player ever.

It is therefore understandable that in the world of basketball sports cards, his rookie card, the 1986-87 Fleer #57 is considered as the "Holy Grail"; the most coveted card every fanatic wants to add to his collection.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lebron James 07-08 Ultimate Collection Signatures Autograph

I don't really collect Lebron James but when something is available for sale that is usually cheaper than what they usually fetch for, I will immediately scoop it up.

After all, you can easily move his cards and they are good trade baits because he is very popular with collectors.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal 96-97 Flair Row 2 Legacy Parallel Card

The Legacy Collection that parallels the base card in 96-97 Flair is groundbreaking.

Why? Because it is the first basketball parallel set that featured serial numbering. Randomly inserted into packs at a rate of one in 30, each parallel single is machine-numbered to only 150. It is even rarer than the one that came next, the 96-97 EX-2000 Credentials which are numbered out of 499.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal 97-98 Flair Rainbow Set

Included in my March 21-25 mail week is a Shaquille O'Neal 97-98 Flair Row 0 card serial numbered 179/250.

With its arrival, my mini 97-98 Flair rainbow set is complete - minus the Legacy parallels of course.

Mail Week March 21-25: Shaq RARE Inserts, Dwight Howard Autos and Kobe 2nd Year Inserts

I think this is one of my best mail weeks because I have added something to my Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard main personal collections as well as to my Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan side PCs.

Check out my mail week from March 21 - 25, 2011.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Blake Griffin 09-10 Panini #301 RC BGS 9.5

Ever since Blake Griffin played his first NBA game after his rookie-year was virtually destroyed by an injury, his rookie cards have been skyrocketing to insane values.

I actually owned his Absolute, Court Kings and Crown Royale autographed rookie cards which I bought for way lower prices than current ones during the offseason. However, I traded/sold them at the start of the season when they were still affordable.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Blake Griffin 2009-10 National Treasures Signature Patches Logoman 1/1

Blake Griffin has been one of the hottest rookies to enter the NBA in recent years.

This man backed up all the hype surrounding him though as he averages 22.3 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while providing highlight reels every time he plays.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shaquille O'Neal / Dwight Howard 08-09 SP Rookie Threads Dual Threads Patch Card

Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard are two of my most favorite NBA players.

Both have similar power games, are funny, charismatic and both donned the Superman persona.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kobe Bryant 09-10 Crown Royale Majestic Signatures Autograph

I got my third Kobe Bryant auto already and I'm now halfway to my mini-quest.

My first auto was a 2004-05 UD All-Star Lineup Signature Class Kobe Bryant auto I got last June. The second one was a 2000-01 SPx Winning Materials Jersey/Warmup Autograph I got last December.

Monday, January 31, 2011

03-04 Topps Chrome RC (Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh)

Year in and year out, the first cards from Topps Chrome of every NBA player are usually one of his most popular and coveted rookie card.

Which is why when three of the best players from the vaunted 2003 NBA Draft converged to form the Miami Thrice, I decided to get their 03-04 Topps Chrome RCs.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mail Month January: Lebron, Wade, Bosh Topps Chrome RCs, Beam Team Set, etc.

It's a good way to open up the New Year.

I finally got the 03-04 Topps Chrome rookie cards of the Miami Heat trio, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

Check out my mail month for January 2011.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lebron James 06-07 Exquisite Collection Enshrinements Autograph

After all these years of collecting, I never had the chance to own a Lebron James autographed card.

Until now.

Being the MVP for the past two years and therefore, one of the most popular NBA players... especially among sports cards collectors, his cardboards are always in high demand. That demand brings his cards to be among the most expensive.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Kobe Bryant Autographed Cards Want List

When Kobe Bryant got his 5th championship ring last season, I decided to collect his cards.

I know it's virtually impossible to collect all his cards so I decided to focus on his rookie cards as well as his insert cards from his rookie year up to the 1998-99 NBA season.

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