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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

Fanatics Acquires PWCC

Months after the acquisition of Topps, the leader of Fanatics, Michael Rubin started to outline his vision for Fanatics Collectibles. His goal was to make Fanatics a one stop shop for the collector instead of the current model of collectors having to bounce around to buy, grade, and sell their cards. The acquisition of PWCC makes total sense with the vision Rubin and Fanatics have. Rubin in October of 2021 said; “To be quite frank, the trading card companies are good manufacturers but they don

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May 23, 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 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

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Feb 28, 20233 min read

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

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Feb 28, 20236 min read

Your Pockets Hurts If You Didn't Invest In This Player

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, the talk of hobby decline ran parallel to every week that passed. One of the only consistent things since week 1 (September 11th) was hobby talk of a declining market and Jalen Hurts playing at an MVP level. Hurts big market jump came after a big week 6 division rival victory with them beating the Cowboys, in which the Eagles moved to 6-0. It is understandable why, as he was statistically dominant across those six games. Completion % 66.85% Passing Yards 1514

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Feb 6, 20231 min read

Has Paul Pierce's Greatness Been Forgotten?

Paul Pierce, also known as "The Truth," was one of the biggest draws in the NBA for over a decade. He went toe to toe with superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and often came out on top. The Pierce led Boston Celtics success against LeBron has been cited as to the creation of the Heat big 3. However it seems towards the tail end of his career and in retirement, he has become disliked by many. One reason for this is that Pierce played in the same era as many other all-time greats, such a

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Jan 28, 20232 min read

Why The 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Is Important For Hobby Newcomers

1986 Fleer Michael Jordan cards are considered one of the most popular, sought after, and expensive sports cards in the world. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, Michael Jordan is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He is a six-time NBA champion, a five-time MVP, and a 14-time All-Star. He is also considered one of the best defensive players in the league, and has consistently been among the league leaders in scoring, rebounds, and assists. His impact on the

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Jan 26, 20232 min read

Why Giannis Should Be Considered For The 2023 NBA Most Valuable Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo, also known as the "Greek Freak", is one of the best players in the NBA and has consistently put up impressive numbers throughout his career. There are several reasons why Giannis should be considered for the 2023 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award. First and foremost, Giannis' statistics and impact on the court are undeniable. In the 2022-2023 season, he averaged 30.9 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game, becoming the first player in NBA history to finish in

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Jan 24, 20232 min read

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

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Jan 22, 20232 min read

(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

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Dec 31, 20222 min read

New Feature: Camera Search

This feature is a real game changer for all Card Ladder Pro members, whether you are at a show, card shop, or even your home. You can now search for the millions of cards in our database by simply taking a picture of a card. If you are at a show and need to find a comp for a card quickly, in under 5 seconds with one quick picture you will have ACCURATE matches with full pricing history. This feature is not just limited to cards on the ladder but cards in sales history as well. Our technology d

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Oct 22, 20222 min read

The Rise of QB5

In the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, four quarterbacks were selected in the top 26. From picks 27-122 only one quarterback was selected and his name was Jalen Hurts. Hurts had an excellent college career that included many highs and some extremely notable lows. As a freshman Jalen led Alabama to the National title game against Clemson where they lost to Clemson led by Deshaun Watson. The next season, Alabama found themselves once again in the National Title game facing the Jake Fromm led Ge

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Sep 26, 20224 min read

Why its important teams start the season winning

With the NFL season upon us, peoples investments in the hundreds of thousands to even millions will be on full display. With the NFL having such a limited number of games per season (17), it is extremely important for teams to win in the first three weeks. In the NBA with an 82 game season and MLB having 162 games, every year we see teams start off slow but bounce back. The history of the NFL shows us that the first 2 to 3 weeks will dictate your season if you start out slow. With all of the mon

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Sep 6, 20222 min read