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The Swifty Bump

Just as everyone expected the news that would be inescapable across the NFL landscape in week 3 is who Travis Kelce is dating... For better or for worse, it seems two fandoms have colided. While Chiefs fans are not exactly running out to get Taylor Swift merchandise, it seems Swift fans want to know all things Kelce. According to Front Office Sports: Since Taylor Swift showed up to Sunday's Chiefs-Bears game: • 400% spike in Travis Kelce jersey sales • Kelce's podcast ranks #1 overall on Apple

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Sep 30, 20231 min read

Purdy is Undefeated, On and Off the Field

Brock Purdy aka Mr. Irrelevant of the 2022 NFL Draft is 11-0 as a starter in games he finishes. While he likely is not Brady, his story is trending towards being just as inspirational. This is not a Trent Dilfer situation either, as Purdy is slinging the rock with confidence. Having McCaffrey does not hurt but let's not act like Purdy is playing timid or throwing check downs. Purdy has a great arm and decision making, which is perfect for the Shanahan offense. Critics say, he is nothing more th

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Sep 26, 20231 min read

Off Season Markets In Review: 2020 Quarterbacks Win Big

With week one of the NFL season upon us today, we can see the winners and losers of the sports card market this off-season. One thing was clear that over the last six months, 2020 quarterbacks reigned supreme. Reigning NFC champion Jalen Hurts saw dramatic market growth, along with other proven commodities Justin Herbert and Joe Burrow. However, yet to play Jordan Love also saw boom 2020-esque growth. Most people want the best and as a result people buy the best, some buy Desmond Ridder so just

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Sep 11, 20232 min read

Mia Hamm Cards See World Cup Bump

Despite retiring from professional soccer several decades ago, Mia Hamm continues to wield a remarkable influence, not only in the realm of sports but also within the world of collectibles. Hamm played a pivotal role in elevating women's soccer to global prominence. She gained widespread recognition during her time with the United States Women's National Soccer Team from 1987 to 2004. Hamm's illustrious career saw her secure two FIFA Women's World Cup championships and two Olympic gold medals. W

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Aug 25, 20231 min read

Why 2023 Football Cards Could Cease to Exist

The NFLPA has terminated its trading card agreement with Panini, effective immediately. Fanatics now holds exclusive rights to produce NFLPA-branded trading cards. Email was just sent out informing contract advisors of the decision: — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 21, 2023 Today's news came as a shock to everyone, people expected Fanatics to take over as the sole producer of football cards in 3 years but not now! The NFLPA announced they terminated their ag

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Aug 22, 20231 min read

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

Fifths Times The Charm: Samuel Darnold's Market Is Booming...

Sam Darnold has had a meme of a career, ups and downs do not describe how his career has played out. From getting mono on the Jets to starting out 3-0 looking like the hottest QB in the league as a Panther. The Darnold rollercoaster would resemble Ryan Fitzpatrick but without the glorious beard and marketing campaign behind him. Sam Darnold at the moment ranks #1 for active NFL players and #2 for all NFL players in the index (min 9 cards). Entering his six season in the NFL, it feels like the D

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Aug 6, 20232 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

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

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


The National can be and is an overwhelming experience for many first timers and even National veterans. Being able to balance your budget and not overspend can be a tall task. Once you walk in on the stage floor, many of your logical and level headed thoughts go directly out the window. Rows and rows and rows and rows of showcases with beautiful cards can make one feel the need to spend after traveling from afar. In the heat of the moment, everything can seem alright but you don’t want to be the

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Jun 19, 20232 min read


With the National just a little over month away, it is important to not procrastinate and think of what to bring at the last second other than cards. The National can be extremely overwhelming for first time goers, which in turn can cause you to forget about the obvious things. We’ve all gone somewhere and said to ourselves; “how did I not think of that”. From staying hydrated to staying comfortable, here are five things that you need for the 2023 National. 1. Bring Bottled Water The Donald J

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Jun 17, 20235 min read

Why Bryce Young & Co. Could Surprise Folks

The Carolina Panthers have the reputation of a cursed franchise ever since they released Cam Newton in 2020. While they have had a carousels of quarterbacks which ultimately led them back to Newton in 2022... Clearly the Panthers had a big problem at quarterback, one in which Baker Mayfield or PJ Walker could not solve. The 2022 season was an interesting one for the Panthers as they started Sam Darnold 6 games, PJ Walker 5 games, and Baker Mayfield 5 games. While Walker and Darnold had their mo

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May 8, 20232 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