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High Pop Index Sees Growth

Let's not jump the gun here, the title is accurate but no need to pull out those PSA graded Kyle Guy and Drew Lock base Donruss rookies out of a box. High pop cards are trending upwards for a full month for the first time in almost a year. The Card Ladder high pop index is comprised of all the cards in our data base with a pop over 200 is rising. With the index amassing over 6,838 cards, the index has had a 1.82% rate of growth over the last month. While this does not mean the market is back to

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Aug 15, 20231 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

Why Recent History Favors Chet

Much has been made about Chet Holmgren missing his rookie season due to a broken foot suffered in a summer pro-am run. People pro-claiming his career was over due to the injury and height, which they could be right still. However recent history shows us that Chet is in good company and it might not be all doom n gloom. Blake Griffin: During a summer league exhibition Griffin landed on his knee and fractured his knee cap. He ultimately missed the entire 2009-10 season. Griffin went onto win rook

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Jul 16, 20234 min read

Texas Strong - Summer League Edition

Summer League is 2-3 games in for teams and Texas is representing! Jabari Smith Jr looks like prime LeBron dominating the competition with Jaden Hardy and Tari Eason looking great. Victor Wembanyama struggled in his first game but showed up and out in his second game. Victor looked dominant with an elite ability to move across the floor with ease and get to his spaces on the floor. Victor Wembanyama displays his tantalizing skillset in his 2nd #NBA2KSummerLeague outing! 27 PTS, 12 REB, 3 BLK

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Jul 12, 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

Boston's New All-Star, Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis has had an up and down career, entering the league with a viral meme of a New Yorkers reaction to him being drafted. This was followed by Stephen A Smith having a meltdown over the pick but quickly he proved he could ball. Porzingis went from 14, to 18, to 23 points per game and became an all-star in his third season at 22. The relationship in New York soured fast and came to an end after three seasons with an ACL tear. Porzingis was traded to the Mavericks during the 2018-19

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Jun 22, 20232 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

Knicks Advance, BING BONG

THE NEW YORK KNICKS ARE ADVANCING IN THE NBA PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2013! Despite Julius Randle playing like Knicks legend Andrea Bargnani before getting hurt, they put away the Cavaliers easily in 5 games. It was not a pretty series with both teams struggling to score against each other's elite defensive strategies. While Brunson led the Knicks to a victory/upset over the #4 seed Cavaliers, the shooting splits were not pretty. However when it mattered most, the Knicks players came u

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May 1, 20231 min read


Paul George infamously coined the term Playoff P in the 2017 playoffs before being bounced in the first round. Playoffs have become due or die for NBA players with the regular season becoming largely irrelevant for NBA players. Players performing out of their mind has earned many players nicknames, most famously Rajon Rondo aka Playoff Rondo. Game Recap: Hawks 116, Heat 105 | NBA.comGame Recap: Hawks 116, Heat 105NBA Logo The Miami Heat started off their 2023 playoffs disastrously with losing

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Apr 28, 20232 min read

Collectors Want Grails

If you showed someone with no hobby experience the current content being made in the hobby, one would assume that the sky is falling. If you are active in the sports card social media space, you often see influencers and collectors giving their thoughts on the market. If you weren't in the card space itself, your takeaway from seeing one of these post would likely leave you ill-informed. It is true that the Luka Doncic's National Treasures Rookie Patch Autos are down but the conversation should

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Apr 23, 20232 min read

Shams Dropping Hobby News

The first week of 2022 came with a bang, with news of the American manufacturer and retailer of licensed sportswear and sports collectibles acquiring Topps. The $500,000,000 acquisation of the iconic sports card brand followed with news of Fanatics acquiring the licenses to the NBA and NFL. Additionally, they've struck deals with the respective players associations with the Leagues. It was important for Fanatics to acquire both the league license and players union license. The league license gi

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Apr 9, 20233 min read

How Jalen Brunson Proved Cuban & Doubters Wrong

When you think of the 2018 Mavericks draft, All-NBA Luka Doncic comes to mind. However last season, Brunson proved to be more than a role player averaging 16 points per game. Brunson showed his ability to be a dominant player on the court in the first round of the 2022 playoffs. Brunson single handedly dismantled and ended the Gobert x Mitchell era in Utah. Without Luka, Brunson averaged 28 points per game and it started to have the Mavericks front office worried. The Mavericks before the 2021-

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Mar 27, 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 Sudden Rise of Mikal Bridges

Drafted by his hometown 76ers which minutes later turned into the 76ers trading him to Phoenix. Bridges quickly stood out as an elite defender who struggled offensively. With each year that went by, he improved every aspect of his game. Bridges shot 33% from beyond the arc as a rookie and by his third year he was shooting 42%. His points per game also improved by 6 from his rookie year to third year. In his 56 games with the Suns this season, he was averaging a career best 17 points per game. De

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Mar 20, 20232 min read