Gem Mint Jeremy Lin for the win?

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By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

The New York City arm of Beckett Grading Services just slabbed a piece of Linsanity.

After landing the card, a Jeremy Lin 2010-11 National Treasures Century Materials Prime Signatures numbered to 25, collector Yair Rozmaryn turned it over to the New York office with the same hope that every grading customer has. In his case, the grade was high and Rozmaryn was soon holding a gem mint BGS 9.5 Lin (for the win).

Currently sitting in a safety deposit box, the card just went live in an eBay auction.

With the help of BGS New York’s Charles Stabile, we connected with the 29-year-old collector to pick his brain about the phenomenon and what he’s planning on doing with his Linsanely hot Rookie Card.

 

Beckett Media: When did you pull the J-Lin card?
Yair Rozmaryn: Ha, wish I could say I pulled it. But I purchased it from another collector/investor before his meteoric rise to fame. Right after the game vs Utah.

BM: Tell us about how you reacted to your hit/acquisition?
YR: I was really happy but at the same time somewhat nervous. I didn’t know if this was a fad or if he could actually play. Then the Lakers game happened and he outslugged Kobe in a game for the ages. At that point, I knew I had something special.

BM: What’s with all the Lin-sanity? (What’s your take on why people are going nuts over Jeremy Lin?)
YR: Jeremy Lin-mania is here to stay. He has the rare opportunity to transcend the sport of basketball across East Asia and beyond. To give some perspective, Tracy McGrady apparently had over 1,000,000 followers on Twitter just because he played with Yao Ming. Yao Ming, while a tremendously skilled player, was not very exciting to watch, played for a small-mid size market team, and did not speak English particularly well so he had trouble connecting with the casual American basketball fan. Jeremy Lin is quite the opposite. He’s articulate and bi-lingual; he’s very exciting to watch; he’s religious; and he plays in the biggest market in the country.

Furthermore, we rarely hear of players in the NBA coming from relative obscurity to superstardom especially in such a short period of time. The curious case of Jeremy Lin is not only interesting because of his ethnic background but also because of his astonishing road traveled. Here is a guy who couldn’t get a Division-I scholarship. He went from barely playing as a walk-on for Harvard to achieving all-conference honors in his junior year only to then go undrafted. Then, he’s constantly tossed around the NBA just so teams can make cap room for bigger stars … he floats around the D-league and has to crash on his brother’s couch. And now, he’s the biggest name in sports. It’s really such an inspirational story that moves you every time you hear it.

We could be mentioning Jeremy Lin in the same breath as Tiger Woods and Pele very, very soon.

 

For more information, or to schedule an appointment at the New York BGS office, contact BGS Regional Sales Manager Charles Stabile via phone at 212-375-6760, fax at 212-375-6738 or email at cstabile@beckett.com.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Richard
    Posted Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 06:01 PM | Permalink

    I have the same card but in bgs 10 autograph grade lol

  2. Kev
    Posted Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 10:14 PM | Permalink

    How much did you buy it ungraded? $1K?

  3. Markus
    Posted Friday February 17th, 2012 at 08:24 AM | Permalink

    How do you get your card graded?

  4. Posted Friday February 17th, 2012 at 08:47 AM | Permalink

    how the hell did that get a 9.5 with the sig cut of at the bottom all the way across, this is why i don’t grade cards

  5. Richard
    Posted Friday February 17th, 2012 at 01:25 PM | Permalink

    He’s calling it a 1/1 masterpiece because of the Jersey #. *sigh*
    Someone has already bid $16K and THAT does not make reserve?

    I like Lin and wish him the best, but its not even been an entire season yet.
    It’s far too easy for someone to get hurt and lose their edge.
    Now if he manages to somehow get the Knicks to the finals, then it starts
    to make a bit more sense. Sort of.

  6. XstreamINsanity
    Posted Friday February 17th, 2012 at 01:48 PM | Permalink

    @Charles – He chose not to have the Autograph graded. The 9.5 is for the card’s centering, corners, edges and surface. If he would have had the AU graded, the AU would have graded an 8 at best, but the card would have still been a 9.5.

    @Markus – Depends on where you live. If you’re in New York, you can go to their New York office, of if you’re in Dallas, you can go to their Dallas office. Otherwise, most people get theirs graded by sending them through the mail to BGS. Hit the “Grading” tab at the top of the page.

  7. Jim
    Posted Saturday February 18th, 2012 at 09:19 AM | Permalink

    His autograph was graded. It got a bgs 8 as he states in his auction, however there is no photo of that part. Beckett shows the autograph grade on the back of the are now

  8. Anthony
    Posted Sunday February 19th, 2012 at 04:53 PM | Permalink

    I don’t get how Panini could put a crap sticker auto like that on a card limited to 25. They have sheets of his autograph. Couldn’t they pick out the best one? It’s mind-boggling irresponsible and/or careless. Clearly they don’t care or think about this stuff.

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