Category Archives: Basketball

Russell Westbrook scores 54, picks up 16th technical

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By Denis Dougherty | Beckett Basketball Editor

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points but it wasn’t enough as Indiana rallied late for a 116-104 victory Sunday night in Indianapolis.

Westbrook also picked up his 16th technical foul of the season. NBA rules require a player to sit out one game at that point, but the league could rescind the foul today.

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LeBron James Leads NBA All-Star Jersey Auction

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

In the wake of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, fans were able to bid on game-worn and event-worn jerseys from the biggest names in the sport and some of the prices for them soared to impressive heights.

With eight different items reaching final bids of over $10,000 over the past few weeks, collectors and fans were willing to place high bids for a piece of history and the most expensive turned out to be the white Eastern Conference jersey worn by Cleveland’s LeBron James during the first half of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game hit $35,620 after 27 bids. Even King James’ warm-up jacket was a hot commodity as it garnered a bid of $10,095 before the gavel dropped and his shorts went for $6,125. Read More »

Basketball Hero Lauren Hill Passes Away

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The sporting world lost one of its most inspirational athletes this morning as Lauren Hill passed away at the age of 19. Back in November, she made headlines for stepping into an NCAA basketball game for the first time for Mount St. Joseph’s as she bravely battled an inoperable brain tumor.

Ultimately, she appeared in four games and recorded 10 points before health concerns forced her to step away from action.Last month, Upper Deck announced a special Heroic Inspirations card to celebrate her bravery and dedication and proceeds from the sales of the regular and autographed cards went to support The Cure Starts Now. Read More »

Rookie Jordan shoes among SCP auction highlights

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

It is hard to imagine one of basketball’s greatest legends wearing anything on his feet other than his iconic namesake Air Jordan shoes, but early in his rookie season, Michael Jordan wore a different type of sneaker and a game-worn pair is hitting the auction block via SCP Auctions.

Originally obtained from Jordan by a former Los Angeles Lakers ball boy following Chicago’s narrow 113-112 road victory on December 2, 1984, these Nike Air Ship shoes were signed after the game and safely stored for 30 years. With bidding already over $7,000 and expected to go higher, a collector is going to need deep pockets to acquire them.

What other game-used sports treasures are up for bids? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 SP Authentic basketball cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The Collegiate Licensing Company era for Upper Deck comes to a close today with the arrival of 2014-15 SP Authentic Basketball, but the manufacturer is ending things in a manner that should please many collectors.

Hobbyists and dealers were expecting to see plenty of strong content coming out of packs, but Upper Deck may exceed those expectations with the addition of unannounced Fleer Showcase cards that include the always-popular Jambalaya inserts and plenty of autographs.

Earlier today, the company’s Facebook page provided the public with a look at what they could potentially pull. Check out a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Mutombo, Leslie Head Hoop Hall Class of 2015

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be growing once again in 2015 and its newest members were announced yesterday. Among those elected were eight-time NBA All-Star and defensive standout Dikembe Mutombo and WNBA icon Lisa Leslie.

For many longtime collectors, there are plenty of memories of Mutombo’s arrival in the NBA back in 1991-92 and over his first 10 seasons, he was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year four times. Leslie is regarded as one of the greatest players in WNBA history and also helped lead the United States to four straight Olympic gold medals between 1996 and 2008.

Joining them will be iconic names from the past in Spencer Haywood and Jo Jo White along with celebrated coach John Calipari and iron man official Dick Bavetta, who blew the whistle in 2,635 consecutive games before retiring last year.

Who else will be officially inducted in September? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Marresse Speights

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Kawhi Leonard – SF, San Antonio Spurs
Last 5 Games: 20.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3 STLPG

The San Antonio Spurs have flown under the radar this entire season, and some have them bowing out early in the NBA Playoffs. Fortunately for Spurs fans, Kawhi Leonard is not going to let that happen. Yes, the magical Big 3 (Parker, Duncan, Ginobli) are literally on their last leg, as their production and playing time have dwindled as their careers look to be going towards the light. Leonard has stepped into the role as the star of this team, and he proving that he is here to stay. Since the Spurs are not the most collectible team, Leonard’s values are not as pricey as some collectors might think. Out of 489 total cards priced in the Beckett Online Price Guide, only 32 are at $100 or higher. His key rookie cards range anywhere from $3 for a base RC, to $500 for a JSY AU RC serially numbered. If you want to invest, invest now in Kawhi. Look for his 2012-13 Absolute AU RC ($40) or his 2012-13 Elite RC ($25)to grab now and hopefully return a massive profit in a few years. The big question mark for Leonard is how many years will coach Gregg Popovich continue coaching with the Spurs. Leonard seems to fit well within Pop’s system, but he has said his years are numbered as is Duncan’s, and I could see Popovich retiring in a few years. Just keep that in mind when looking to invest deeply in Kawhi, but all signs are pointing up for his young man’s future in the NBA.

Key Cards To Collect:
2012-13 Select #250 JSY AU/249 RC ($60)
2012-13 Panini Prizm #209 RC ($6)
2011-12 SP Authentic Autographs #27 ($60) Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Select basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball’s Derek Ficken as he treks to Panini America headquarters for an insider’s look at 2014-15 Panini Select in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he and Panini’s crew find inside their boxes? Watch and find out …

Dallas Mavericks Hold Multi-Game Card Giveaway

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Fans in Dallas that have attended games in recent weeks have been treated to five special giveaway nights featuring special Panini NBA Hoops trading cards and they completed their sets on Thursday night as the Mavericks hosted the Houston Rockets.

Each three card pack that was given away contained two special 2014-15 NBA Hoops cards of a current Mavs player along with one special Moments of Greatness card celebrating the career of the legendary Dirk Nowitzki and the 15-card set will be completed with the next promotional event. The company has also teased that a 16th card of Amar’e Stoudemire is also possible and details on it will be announced soon.

What players were included in this set? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Collectors that love booklet cards and limited autographs have flocked to Panini America‘s Preferred releases in recent years and the popular brand will be returning to store shelves this season with plenty of ink and memorabilia from a heavily-hyped rookie class and the biggest stars from the past and present.

With a street date of June 17, each box of 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball will contain three autograph cards limited to 99 copies or less in addition to one booklet card. Expect to find plenty of tough-to-chase parallels in addition to new concepts that are sure to get some hobby love.

What can collectors expect to find in boxes of 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Threads basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Threads basketball cards — a retail-only product — in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Stephen Curry, Nikola Mirotic, & Blake Griffin

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Stephen Curry – PG, Golden State Warriors
Last 5 Games: 28.8 PPG, 7.0 APG, 2.0 STLPG

Fresh off clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, “Baby Faced Assassin” Stephen Curry has shown collectors and NBA fans alike that he should now be considered in the top tier of collectible athletes.  As Golden State has emerged as a perennial force in the West,  Curry’s total card value has skyrocketed.  What put him over the top was the Warriors red-hot start to the 2014-15 NBA season and the constant “pedal to the metal” attitude throughout the year to a franchise record 60 wins (and counting).  His Rookie Cards are selling for roughly 1700% more than a common RC. Bargains on Curry’s cards are few and far between these days, especially for his certified autographs. . If you can find some cards that are selling lower than book price, grab it and do not ask questions! Look for cards like his 2009 Press Pass Fusion Autographs Silver ($20) or even his 2010-11 Panini Season Update Signatures /99 ($40) to buy low and hopefully sell high while the Warriors roll into the playoffs on a high note.

Key Cards To Collect:
2009-10 Donruss Elite AU/499 RC #166 ($80)
2010-11 Rookies and Stars Signatures /99 #9 ($60)
2009-10 Panini Threads AU/625 RC #107 ($100) Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Select Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Collectors are gearing up for this week’s release of 2014-15 Panini Select Basketball and the company gave the hobby a sneak peek at some of the shiny cards that will be coming out of packs through the official Panini America blog.

The company’s popular Prizm Optichrome technology comes out in full force once again in Select and basketball fans will also witness the innovative and eye-catching Tie Dye Prizm cards for the first time on base, memorabilia and autograph cards. Each box of 2014-15 Panini Select Basketball is expected to contain three memorabilia or autograph hits along with at least 10 Prizm parallels. The expansive base set will be a challenge to collect as it is split into three tiers – two of which are shortprinted.

Check out a selection of parallels, autographs and memorabilia cards after the jump. Read More »

Panini teases Flawless lines for soccer, Kentucky basketball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Flawless is coming to the pitch and the college hardcourt.

Panini America‘s most-deluxe brand will have both soccer and college basketball cards coming in the future, the company teased on Tuesday at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

A Kentucky Wildcats edition is likely to include stars from the past and the present for the dominating program with the likes of Anthony Davis, John Wall, Pat Riley, Dan Issel, Adolph Rupp, Frank Ramsay and Tubby Smith among the tentative inclusions.

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Upper Deck Extends Jordan Exclusive

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Upper Deck has just announced that their exclusive agreement with Michael Jordan has been renewed on a long-term basis.

The announcement came earlier today during their address at the 2015 Industry Summit in Las Vegas and maintains the company’s status as the lone producers of trading cards, memorabilia and authenticated collectibles.

“We are honored to be the exclusive provider of Michael Jordan collectibles,” said Upper Deck President, Jason Masherah in a press release. “We have worked diligently to bring the highest quality, most innovative Jordan memorabilia to collectors and we will continue to maintain the same level of service and authenticity that fans and collectors have come to expect from Upper Deck.” Read More »

BGS 9.5 Star Jordan Sells For Record Price

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back in November, Beckett Auction Services put the only 1984-85 Star Company #101 Michael Jordan to ever achieve a 9.5 grade up on the auction block and vintage basketball collectors dreamed about adding it to their collections.

While the card itself did not garner any bids, it was sold to a private collector soon after for nearly $41,000, including the buyer’s premium. Beckett Basketball has learned that this one-of-a-kind card has been sold once again and the price may surprise some that held off on bidding.

“We have a new record price of $52,500 for that same BGS 9.5 that the Beckett Auctions team sold in November,” noted longtime Star Basketball card dealer and expert Steve Taft. “Myself and Jarret Kahn, we both knew the original buyer and the new buyer and we put this thing together because both of them wanted to remain anonymous and didn’t want publicity basically for security purposes. The card, in four months, went from $40,000 to $52,500, which was pretty exciting.” Read More »

First Look: 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the ongoing success of its other repack products issued in recent years, Leaf Trading Cards has added another one to their lineup and 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball will be hitting the shelves next month. Loaded up with some incredible cards in each box, the company went out of its way to find cardboard treasures that will appeal to most hobbyists.

In their sales solicitation material, Leaf noted they have listened to collector requests for a basketball repack product which had a lower per-card price point, lower box print runs, was friendly to group breakers both at the retail and online level, and guaranteed big names to be delivered in cases.

What are some of the cards that can be found in this repack release? Look for a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has just revealed more images of cards slated to appear in packs of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball. Soon appearing exclusively at Target stores, packs and boxes are expected to contain some compelling content that focuses on the best names from the past, present and future of the game.

Hitting shelves later this month, the company has done an internal case break of premium boxes for the purposes of quality control and there will be a strong assortment of rookies, autographs and memorabilia to be found inside. In addition to the Voices of the Game autos that we showed off yesterday, Panini also gave the hobby its first look at the Rookie View autographs in addition to the base set and several non-memorabilia inserts.

What can collectors find inside a case of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball? Check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

Panini Previews Industry Summit Black Boxes

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 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The 2015 Industry Summit is just days away and Panini America will once again be providing attendees with their popular Black Boxes which have been a show staple for over a decade.

Once the company finishes its corporate address to the crowd next Tuesday, they will be handing out these hobby treasures out and the content inside is sure to generate some excitement among recipients and collectors. This afternoon, Panini previewed some of the base Private Signings cards along with some other the other content that will be popping out of boxes.

What else can attendees expect to find in their Black Boxes? Check out a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Threads Voices of the Game

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The upcoming release of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball will be exclusive to Target stores and it will be the only place where collectors will be able to pull Voices of the Game cards that are going to feature autographs from many of the sport’s most popular announcers.

With a lineup that boasts 20 broadcasters, Voices of the Game will deliver signatures from such memorable names as Ernie Johnson, Dick Vitale and Craig Sager along with former players and coaches who have stepped behind the microphone that include Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Bob Knight and Chris Webber.

Want to see a complete gallery of cards from this set? Read on after the jump. Read More »

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Marcus Smart, Mo Williams, Rudy Gay

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Marcus Smart – PG – Boston Celtics
Last 5 Games: 8.2 PPG, 2.6 APG, 4.8 RPG

This star from Dallas, Texas, had some temper problems throughout his senior year at Oklahoma State, but was selected as the sixth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Celtics were able to free up a starting spot for him by trading Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, and ever since then, he has been proving his worth as a viable starter in the league. His production has slowly increased and his card values have done the same. If you are looking for Andrew Wiggins prices, look somewhere else, but if you are looking for a worthy investment, Smart is your man. Because he was a lottery pick, Panini did its due diligence by making him one of the showcased rookies in its 2014-15 products, so he already has 248 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide, with 52 of them as autographs. With an average auto price of $42, you can stock up on his cards and hope to see the Celtics potentially gain a few pieces in next year’s draft to make a turnaround in the Eastern Conference. With that said, look for some key autographs under his average price including his 2014-15 Hoops Hot Signatures card ($20) or even his 2014-15 Donruss Rated Rookie Signature Patches card ($25) to stock up on before he potentially becomes a breakout star in his sophomore year.

Key Cards To Collect:
2014-15 Panini Gold Standard #207 JSY AU/199 RC ($30)
2014-15 Donruss Rookie Autographs #15 /99 ($30)
2014-15 Court Kings Fresh Paint Autographs #6 /225 ($40) Read More »

First Pricing: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014-15 Donruss basketball is now live to all subscribers to the Beckett Basketball Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

The first Donruss brand in the basketball hobby since 2010-11, the product has been well received by collectors, who have made it one of the most heavily broken products of the year. The 2014-15 Donruss Rookie Autographs have been strong sellers with top Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Wiggins’ valued at $300.

Access or purchase your Online price Guide subscription now to view complete 2014-15 Donruss basketball pricing.

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First Look: 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For the past two seasons, Panini America‘s Immaculate release has swiftly become a favorite among basketball card collectors and it will be back once again in 2014-15 with a selection of compelling content that is set to include eye-catching memorabilia cards and a top-notch autographs from the stars of the past, present and future.

Loaded up with six cards in each box, 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball will dole out five autograph or memorabilia hits inside and while there are plenty of jumbo memorabilia pieces to pull, the company has also added some major hits in the form of multi-player autograph cards. It expected to make its way to hobby shops in April and the preliminary details released by the manufacturer should generate plenty of advance excitement.

What can collectors find in boxes of 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The relationship between Panini America and Target continues on with the upcoming release of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball, which is expected to hit the shelves later this month.

This is the second of three exclusive releases the chain will see this season and it will once again have multiple pack and box configurations to appeal to a wider array of collectors. Threads is returning to the hobby after a one-year hiatus and Panini recently gave hobbyists a sneak peek of some of the cards via its blog.

What can collectors expect to find in 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball? Find out after the jump.

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Lauren Hill Receives Heroic Inspirations Card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Upper Deck has announced that they are creating a Heroic Inspirations card for Mount St. Joseph freshman player Lauren Hill, who overcame tremendous adversity to play collegiate basketball. While making her dream come true, she has battled an inoperable brain tumor and has served as an inspiration for millions of fans since she made her debut this season.

“My goal has always been to play and contribute to the Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball team, but never could I have imagined I would have my very own Upper Deck rookie card,” noted Hill in a press release provided by the company. “It is an honor to be recognized like this and I am so happy my story has inspired hope. I hope those who have been touched by my story will want to collect my Upper Deck rookie card, especially knowing that all the proceeds from the cards will go to help The Cure Starts Now Foundation.”

How can you purchase one of these cards and support The Cure Starts Now? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball Trade-In

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Last week, Panini America provided the hobby with early information regarding plans for a wrapper trade-in program that was being held for collectors that were busting packs of their 2014-15 Donruss Basketball product.

As a quick refresher, those that choose to send in 24 wrappers from this release were going to receive a three-card pack themed around the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. These cards will feature Rising Stars Challenge MVP Andrew Wiggins, Three-Point Contest winner Stephen Curry and Zach LaVine, who won the Slam Dunk Contest.

What are the other cards that could be found in these special packs? Check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

NBA Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Jordan, Gobert, Mozgov

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By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

DeAndre Jordan – C – Los Angeles Clippers
Last Five Games: 13.4 PPG, 20.4 RPG, 39.6 MPG
This beast from Texas A&M has produced career-high numbers this season with the Clippers in hopes of getting into the promised land and grabbing their first NBA title in franchise history. Jordan had nine-straight games of 15-plus rebounds and continues to wow collectors and fans alike. Since Blake Griffin’s injury on Feb. 7, Jordan has stepped up his production and has helped the Clippers stay on the path for a potential No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Within the collecting world, Jordan doesn’t have the star appeal like he does in the real world. In the Beckett Online Price Guide, we only have 136 total autographs and 56 autographs that have been priced, and only five of those autographs break the $50 mark. If the Clippers continue their run into the playoffs and a potential NBA title, Jordan might be a good reason for MVP with his unlimited amount of rebounds per game and his double-digit points per game on average. Some collectors are starting to take note of his potential with key Rookie Cards like his 2008-09 SP Authentic JSY AU RC (currently priced at $30) starting to break the $40 barrier. You have ample opportunity to grab key RCs for a bargain price, including his 2008-09 SPx JSY AU/599 RC ($20) or his 2008-09 Upper Deck Premier JSY AU/199 RC ($15), so stock up now before the home stretch comes around at the end of March.

Key Cards To Collect
2008-09 Exquisite Collection #84 JSY AU/225 RC ($120)
2008-09 SP Rookie Threads #92 JSY AU/599 RC ($15)
2008-09 Topps Chrome Refractors AU/476 ($20)

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Wizards Hold Panini Trading Card Giveaway

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The Washington Wizards are the latest basketball team to hold a trading card giveaway courtesy of Panini America and fans who made their way into the Verizon Center on Saturday night were treated to a seven-card NBA Hoops set featuring their hometown heroes.

Well, six of them anyway, as Andre Miller was recently traded to the Sacramento Kings. However, the six that are still on the roster were ready for action on the hardcourt as the Detroit Pistons came in to town.

Who are the other players in the set and what other special card could collectors track down? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini readies Donruss wrapper redemption

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve opened boxes of 2014-15 Donruss basketball cards, save those wrappers.

Panini America has a wrapper redemption program ready for the return of the Donruss brand, and it detailed its plans on Friday.

They include plenty of NBA All-Star Weekend notables.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Donruss basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Donruss in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Note: Save your wrappers — Panini America has a redemption program planned.

Upper Deck and Basketball – Where Do They Go From Here?

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The recent announcement that Panini America was taking over as the sole and exclusive trading card licensee for the Collegiate Licensing Company has sent shockwaves throughout the hobby and immediately collectors wondered: How would this announcement impact Upper Deck?

Just before press time for the next issue of Beckett Basketball, we received a statement from Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin regarding their future plans for basketball cards.

“Upper Deck has no plans to abandon a category the company helped create. The basketball market is undoubtedly better with Upper Deck in it. The company continues to enjoy an exclusive relationship with LeBron James and Michael Jordan, which will not change as Upper Deck continues to find ways to deliver fans compelling basketball products. Upper Deck will continue to aggressively look at licensing opportunities that will allow the company to resume a leadership position in the category.” Read More »

NBA Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: LaVine, Whiteside, Teague

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Zach LaVine – PG – Minnesota Timberwolves
Winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

If you paid attention to the All Star festivities this past weekend, you knew that the rookie from UCLA stole the entire show. Zach LaVine had a lot of hype coming out of college, but fell on a bit of a cold streak with a Minnesota team that had plenty of young stars to share a limited amount of minutes. You have seen him in most, if not, all of Panini’s 2014-15 products. With Panini Gold Standard just coming out, his autographs have started out on a high note with his JSY AU/149 selling at $80 and his 2013-14 Exquisite Collection ’14-15 Rookie Autographs card, currently at $100, is now reaching prices close to $160. It’s not a big jump compared to a player like Hassan Whiteside, but the collectors who invested high in LaVine should see a slight rise in his overall value. With the exposure of of this past All Star weekend, you would be smart to jump on his lower value autographs and see where it takes him into next year with a potential repeat in the Slam Dunk contest. Look into his cards like 2014-15 Totally Certified Rookie Roll Call Autographs ($25) or his 2014-15 Hoops Hot Signatures ($25) and hopefully reap the benefits down the road.

Key Cards to Collect:
2013-14 Exquisite Collection ’14-15 Rookie Autographs #RZL ($100)
2014-15 Prestige Prestigious Premieres Signatures #PPZL ($25)
2014-15 Panini Gold Standard #219 JSY AU/199 RC ($60)

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BGS Diary: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for February — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2, $N/A
This year’s USA Baseball set is one that I ripped in volume — as in multiple cases. I managed to track down one last case of this one recently and pulled a pretty notable card of the Cincinnati Reds infielder during what turned out to be a career year. These cards can be somewhat condition sensitive with their high-gloss and their colored edges and the inset cut autograph, so I figured this one would simply “feel” better to me if it were in a slab. It’s a rare green-ink version and the auto graded a 10.
Pop Report: Since there are only two copies of the card, this one has little competition. The pop report shows it being the lone slabbed card, though I swear I saw its twin in a BGS slab on eBay earlier this year.

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First Pricing: 14-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

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By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard basketball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

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Signing habits said plenty about Dean Smith

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

When the basketball ranks lost one of its biggest legends on Saturday night, I immediately thought of one card in my collection.

It wasn’t because of potential dollar signs — it was because I hadn’t taken a moment to look at it in years.

The legend was former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a teacher and an icon who won two national championships and 879 games in 36 seasons. His first NCAA title came in 1982 when his team topped Georgetown 63-62 with a last-second basket drawn up for his team’s third-leading scorer that season, a freshman named Michael Jordan. That, of course, is a moment that helped shape the career of one basketball legend — if not the game itself — as we know it today.

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