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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

Get to know the 2022 NBA Draft's Big Three

With the NBA draft in just ONE DAY!!! Many speculations of where players might be drafted with veterans also being traded are at an all time high. While it is impossible to know what player will get drafted where, this article will give the pros and cons to potential landing spots for the 2022 drafts big three. Jabari Smith: Orlando Magic: As of June 22 it is assumed by and that Jabari will be taken #1 by the Magic. If this is the case he is a great fit as the Magic are a

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Jun 23, 20223 min read

Notable Monthly Gainers

Stephen Curry 2009 Bowman 48 Blue /1948 BGS 9 Monthly Change: 106.02% Price: $4,275 Curry's only Bowman card in existence and it also happens to be Bowmans last basketball product in 2009. This product payed homage to where it all began for Bowman in 1948, with the exactly same design of Bowman 1948 with new parallels, autographs, and players of course. Mikan 1948 Bowman (left) & Mikan 2009 Bowman 48' (right)With people seemingly climbing the vintage mountain as it is being proclaimed as the

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Jun 21, 20222 min read

Witnessing Greatness: Stephen Curry

We all know Stephen Curry now as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game credited for revolutionizing the game of basketball. Coming from humble beginnings unlike many of the other stars and even role players in the NBA today. Many of the most average players in the NBA were high school stars, while most players dreamed about playing at a powerhouse Duke and Kentucky... Curry's dream was to play at Virginia Tech who ultimately didn't recruit him due to being 160 pounds soaking wet

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Jun 1, 20223 min read

How Delayed Releases Are Hurting the Hobby and What Are Possible Solutions?

The elephant in the room that not many are talking about are the significant delays we are experiencing with Panini product releases. With no official statement by Panini on the root causes and or when product releases will be caught up, collectors can safely assume this will be a long-term issue. This article will take a deep dive into how delayed Panini truly is on fan-favorite products, how this hurts the hobby, and what are some of the solutions. How delayed are NBA products? As you can se

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Mar 31, 20224 min read

Watson and Trubisky, rise of the 2017 QBs

The 2017 NFL Draft is and likely forever will be the draft of Patrick Mahomes but as of late two other first round quarterbacks from that draft class had been garnering some attention. Deshaun Watson and Mitchell Trubisky... yes that Mitchell Trubisky have been seeing huge gains. Trubisky: The rise of Trubisky can be associated with a multitude of things but the main being it was clear he was not the problem in Chicago. Former coach Nagy ran through three different quarterbacks last year an

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Mar 16, 20222 min read

New Feature: Compare Indexes!

Today we launched a new feature that expands on our already existing comparison feature. Prior to today, you could only compare individual cards. Now you can compare entire players markets, sports, or even one of our 3 markets (low, mid, high end). How to Compare Indexes: If you still want to compare individual cards you can do that but for this new feature you will have to click on indexes. You will then see the menu above which gives you a search icon for player indexes and a drop down me

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Mar 3, 20222 min read

Franco Mania in 2022 Topps Series 1

With the baseball market heating up and spring approaching, it is the Topps Series 1 time of the year. The headlining rookie is Wander Franco, who had a sensational 2021 season. This blog will be giving you the rundown on all you need to know about Wander Franco's first official true flagship rookie card Card number #215 in 2022 Topps Series 1 is the flagship Wander Franco rookie, this card comes in a plethora of parallels: * Gold Foil - 1:2 packs (Jumbo) * Royal Blue - 1:10 packs (Retail)

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Feb 22, 20223 min read

The Market's Immediate Reaction to Super Bowl 56

With the Super Bowl just 6 days ago, how has the market reacted to the Bengals losing the Super Bowl and the Rams winning it. We all know many in the hobby wanted Joe Burrow to win with investments totaling in the 7 figures for some while not many had much if anything into Stafford and Kupp. This article will take a look into all the big names markets after the big game! Matthew Stafford: No longer STATfew PADford and now forever Matthew Stafford after the big win with solid play throughout t

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Feb 19, 20223 min read