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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
The Impact Seeding Has On MVP Voters
The regular season standings can have a significant impact on the NBA league MVP race, as the award is often given to a player who has led their team to a high seed in their conference. A player's impact on their team's success is one of the most important factors considered in MVP voting, and the regular season standings are a key indicator of this impact. The importance of seeding in MVP voting can be seen in historical trends. Since the inception of the award, only two players have won the M
The Ball Family Woes Continue
BIG BALLER BRAND was inescapable if you followed sports and one would possibly call it stalking if they were a basketball fan. LaVar Ball and his family were at every which way you turned from morning talk shows, pre game shows, halftime shows, post game shows, Youtube shows, etc. LaVar Ball had people he who passionately loved him and people who passionately hated him. LaVar Ball proclaimed his son to be better than Stephen Curry who was just coming off his second ring in three years. Big Ball
After the Dust Settles,Winners and Losers of the Trade Deadline
With the trade deadline four days ago, the dust has relatively settled and we can get a sense of the NBA landscape. A few pieces have still yet to fall into place with the buyout market but for the most part it the rosters have been set. DallasKyrie Irving Markieff Morris BrooklynSpencer Dinwiddie Dorian Finney-Smith 2029 first-round pick Two second-round picks (2027 and 2029) A rare win win trade in the NBA but both teams get something they needed. Mavericks get Kyrie who can help them win
How Does Mahomes Second Ring Bolster His Legacy?
People said it couldn't be done, heck people even said he couldn't make the playoffs without Tyreek Hill (Looking at you Bart Scott). Yet against the all odds, including the Vegas ones, Mahomes walks away from the 2022 season with an MVP, Super Bowl, and Super Bowl MVP. With Mahomes just 27 years old, the question starts to arise of where does he rank all time? Is he already a top 5-10 quarterback all time? * Mahomes has 2 Super Bowls at the age of 27, which makes him just 1 of 5 quarterbacks
Luka Finally Gets Help But Can He Rely On It?
Throughout Luka Doncic NBA career, he has yet to have a second option that was a proven all-star in which would take some of the workload off him. The Mavericks have made a few attempts at doing this, which ultimately fell flat on its face. Most notably with the Porzingis trade, which was an utter failure. Injuries turned the once dominant New York Unicorn into an injury prone timid spot up shooter in Dallas. The surprising emergence of Jalen Brunson arrived in the playoffs in which Brunson sing
High Risk - High Reward, Durant Lands in Phoenix
Kevin Durant has and is one of the most prolific scorers this game has ever seen yet whether it be on or off the court, it always seems as it is an endless struggle with him. Despite making the NBA Finals 3/3 years during his time in Golden State, it was clear the workplace grew toxic and he was departing. Four years after the Brooklyn experiment failed, with mismanagement from the top down (literally). Durant finds himself heading to Phoenix, a team which was embarrassed by Luka Doncic last sea
Notable Monthly Gainers
In seven days a Ray Lewis card saw 213.24% growth, this sale is important and notable for many different reasons. One being in a down market this shows quick flips are not only possible but possible for players who retired over a decade ago. Ray Lewis is one of the all-time great defensive players, emphasis on defensive player as its a historical hurdle for defensive players to sell well. Danny Dimes came up short today BUT throughout the entirety of the season and during the playoff game vs t
The Six Figure Playoff Quarterback Dual
January 14th at 8:15 eastern, the Chargers and Jaguars will be facing off in Herbert and Lawrence's first playoff game! This might not be one of the most anticipated matchups for NFL fans but for the hobby this game is huge. Wild Card weekend features 12 teams and this game is the only one with two quarterbacks who have six plus figure card sales. With Herbert and Lawrence being two of the most popular young quarterbacks in the league, this will be our first chance to see them in the post seas
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Against All Odds
If you are on any form of social media and interact with the sports card world, I am guessing at least once if not several times a day you see talk surrounding the market. Many proclaiming the sky is falling, while many others staying more optimistic but fully aware of the current market. Players like Luka Doncic and Giannis markets are down over -17% in the last three months. All-time greats like LeBron James are down a whopping -40%. Practically the vast majority of players you can think of ar
Did Messi Get A World Cup Boost or Dip?
Lionel Messi finally was able to capture the one thing his career had been missing, A WORLD CUP! He was able to leave Qatar with the most liked Instagram post in history and the World Cup Trophy. Messi was able to win over the hearts of Americans who watch soccer once every four years. StatTotalRank amongst 2022 World Cup playersGoals72ndExpected goals (xG)6.581st Assists3=1stExpected assists (xA)1.952ndShots321stShots on target181stDespite being 35 years old, Messi was dominating and more oft
(NFL) MVP Front Runner = Market Down???
When Patrick Mahomes lost Tyreek Hill this off season, many called into question Mahomes ability to play quarterback. This was not a fringe group of people either, you had many television personalities such as Bart Scott proclaiming they would miss the playoffs... Needless to say the Chiefs doubters and critics were 1000% wrong with their predictions. Not only do the Chiefs have the #1 record in the AFC but Mahomes also sits atop the NFL MVP favorites at -550. With two games left, Mahomes has 4
What Are Your Options for Paolo Banchero Rookie Cards?
The Orlando Magic are one of the most exciting young teams in the NBA, with their average age being 25 & starting lineup 22.5 years old. Winning the last 7 of 8 games, it seems the young core is finally playing together as a cohesive unit. The team is being lead by #1 overall pick Paolo Banchero, who is on pace to win rookie of the year by a mile and even possibly be an all-star. Averaging 21.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 4 assists this is possibly the best rookie season since Blake Griffin. Wi
Why It Is Important For Fanatics To Acquire Panini (Part 2)
When you think of basketball cards produced since 2000, what percent of chaser cards belong to which companies? How many companies have products collectors anticipate every year? With Upper Deck out of the picture when it comes to a Fanatics acquisition, it is extremely important for Fanatics to acquire Panini. Part 1 covered: This blog will cover the short comings of Topps in the last decade while producing NBA trading cards Part 2 will cover: What this has to do with Panini and why it is im
Why It Is Important For Fanatics To Acquire Panini (Part 1)
When you think of basketball cards produced since 2000, what percent of chaser cards belong to which companies? How many companies have products collectors anticipate every year? With Upper Deck out of the picture when it comes to a Fanatics acquisition, it is extremely important for Fanatics to acquire Panini. Part 1: This blog will cover the short comings of Topps in the last decade while producing NBA trading cards Topps has and always will be a staple of the baseball card market, on the f