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The Hobby is Mad for Maxey

The third year Kentucky guard has always been a hobby favorite but over the last month he has taken off. As many Kentucky players do, they develop into phenomenal players and Maxey is just another case of this. Doc Rivers notoriously hates playing rookies, so much so Shake Milton got minutes over him. Maxey's first real rotational minutes came in his second season when it found a mass of minutes opening with Ben Simmons out followed by the departure of Seth Curry. A star was born with Maxey av

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Nov 24, 20222 min read

Lauri Magic Leads The Biggest Surprise In The NBA

Lauri was one of the brightest young stars entering the league in his first two seasons but ultimately flamed out in a dysfunctional Bulls franchise. A combination of injuries and poor coaching really derailed his career after the first two seasons. After being dealt to the Jazz, many saw them as a franchise under rebuild. Quinn Snyder had left and most notably Danny Ainge had traded its two all-stars in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. This in turn left Utah without a star but what many people

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Nov 11, 20223 min read

Where's All The 2022 Basketball Cards?

With the NBA season nearing two full weeks in the books, if you are in the hobby you might have noticed something... There are no licensed NBA products for the 2022 draft class and even many of the notable collegiate products are nowhere to be seen. The only available cards of this years rookie class in NBA uniform, come from Panini Instant. An unlimited quantity, printed to order product printed on the lowest quality card stock imaginable. 2022 Panini InstantPanini is still releasing 2021-22

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Oct 30, 20222 min read

Notable Monthly Gainers

2021 Prizm Khabib Nurmagomedov #181 Silver PSA 10 Rate of Growth: 243.14% Despite being out of the ring for a few years now, many fans are clamoring for him to return the octagon. Regarded as the best UFC fighter in his prime and many put him in the G.O.A.T. discussioon, at 29-0 it is understandable why. A second year UFC Prizm silver PSA 10 selling for just $51, seems fairly low at just a pop 13. Clearly the market agreed and the last sale went for $175 of the UFC legend. 1993 SP Derek Jet

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Oct 22, 20223 min read

Four Players To Look Out For This Season: Tyrese Haliburton

*** THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE*** With the NBA season just 10 days away, I have picked 4 players who you should be watching this upcoming season. The fourth installment of this article will be Indiana Pacers franchise point guard Tyrese Haliburton. The Indiana Pacers are not a good team by any means and please be fully aware of that before going into this. Tyrese Haliburton is just that special and the type of point guard who can score but also looks to pass first. The fact he got traded fr

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Oct 17, 20222 min read

Four Players To Look Out For This Season: Ayo Dosunmu

*** THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE*** With the NBA season just 10 days away, I have picked 4 players who you should be watching this upcoming season. In this installment, the player we will be looking at is the Chicago Bulls starting point guad Ayo Dosunmu. First let me start by saying despite Ayo being #3 on this list, I expect the least of him this season out of anyone on this list. This by no means he is the worst but of the five he has shown the least on the court. What makes Ayo so intrig

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Oct 17, 20223 min read

Four Players To Look Out For This Season: Alperen Sengun

*** THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE*** With the NBA season just 10 days away, I have picked 4 players who you should be watching this upcoming season. The first player we will be looking at is the Houston Rockets starting center Alperen Sengun. Sengun is flying under most peoples radar and or being overlooked when it comes to promising young players. It does not help he is on a team with Jalen Green, Jabari Smith, and Kevin Porter either. The 6'10" Turkish center is maybe not a unicorn but his

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Oct 12, 20222 min read

Four Players To Look Out For This Season: Anfernee Simons

***THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE*** With the NBA season just 10 days away, I have picked 4 players who you should be watching this upcoming season. The first player we will be looking at is the Portland Trail Blazers starting shooting guard Anfernee Simons. The 24th overall pick in 2018 had an interesting journey to the NBA, as you might recall he did not go to college. Rather playing at IMG preparatory academy in Florida which is known for its sports programs. This decision did not hurt him

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Oct 10, 202211 min read

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