’12 Leaf Basketball Auto Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to Grant Lee on being the lucky winner of the Miles Plumlee 2012 Leaf Basketball Auto.  Once Grant Lee sends me his mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

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’12 Leaf Basketball Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Miles Plumlee 2012 Leaf Basketball Auto.  Good luck!!!

Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Product Highlight: NCAA College Basketball 2K3 for Nintendo GameCube

When an athlete doesn’t live up to the expected hype, their cards and memorabilia take a hit in price.  Its the natural law.  Unless that individual goes on to do something historically spectacular outside of their sport, prices will remain in the gutter.  But every now and then we’ll come across a crazy anomaly that defies this way of thinking.  Enter NCAA 2K3 College Basketball for the Nintendo GameCube.

I can imagine that in 2002 cards of Jay Williams carried some weight.  The Duke point guard was drafted second in the first round by the Chicago Bulls.  Right after the Houston Rockets drafted Yao Ming.  He did alright during his first year in the NBA, but nothing mind blowing.  In June of 2003, he suffered a severe motorcycle crash in Illinois.  He wasn’t wearing a helmet, didn’t have a license to drive a motorcycle in that state, and was in violation of the terms of his contract with the Bulls by riding a motorcycle to begin with.  Its safe to say that smarter decisions could have been made.  When he finally recuperated, attempts were made to get back into professional basketball.  None were that successful.  Jay Williams now works for ESPN as a college basketball analyst.

Today you can’t giveaway cards of Jay Williams.  The only cards that carry any real value are ones which have him teamed-up with stars like Michael Jordan, Yao Ming, or Kobe Bryant.  Trust me.  Collectors aren’t buying them for the Jay Williams part of the card.  In fact, they’re probably getting a good deal on a star relic and/or autograph.  Dual relics and/or autographs featuring stars and dud rookies tend not to sell for as much compared to if that star was pictured alone.

Its not uncommon for a popular rookie to be pictured on the cover of a video game.  Jay Williams received this honor with the release of NCAA 2K3 College Basketball in December, 2002.  The game was released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube platforms.  Copies of this game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox are readily available.  The GameCube version is a completely different story.  The general consensus is that Sega decided they didn’t want to release sports games for the Nintendo GameCube anymore.  NCAA 2K3 College Basketball just barely made it out.  What copies made it to the stores didn’t sell very well.  This led to the game becoming rare.

While copies of this game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox can be bought for next to nothing, complete GameCube examples have been known to reach $200.  Although Jay Williams isn’t the driving factor, its interesting to see him attached to something that continues to sell for so much.

Flashback Product of the Week: 1991-92 Fleer 3D Basketball

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For the most part, 1991-92 Fleer Basketball isn’t much to talk about.  The set consists of (400) cards which were distributed between two different series.  It does have it’s share of rookies like Kenny Anderson, Steve Smith, and Dikembe Mutombo.  But these cards were so overproduced their value is next to nothing.  It doesn’t seem to matter how overproduced a product may have been, there always is some type of scarce version.  That holds true for this set.

Throughout the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, card manufacturers were not afraid to make what they call 3D cards.  I’d say about 99.9% of the time this involved using lenticular technology.  That’s the stuff that makes the high-pitched sound when you run your fingers over it.  The image moves when you move the card up and down or side to side.  Sometimes these cards look 3D, especially when its used today.  Back then I don’t know if I’d consider it 3D though.  They were more motion cards than anything.

On the backside of these packs you’ll see a special offer from Fleer.  For the price of $4.99, plus shipping and handling, and a couple of pack wrappers, you could get yourself a 3D parallel of any card from the base set.  Unlike other 3D cards at the time, these do not use lenticular printing.  They’re made up of multiple layers of an acrylic, acetate-like material.  Fleer even included a display stand for each card.  The images really do jump out at you, and live up to the 3D name.  In order to get the full experience, you need to see one in person.  Scans aren’t always the best.

Like I said before, almost every overproduced set has some sort of scarce parallel.  These 3D cards are it for 1991-92 Fleer Basketball.  Apparently not a lot of people took part in this wrapper redemption program.  Even the collectors who did, found out these cards are very condition sensitive.  Cards of Michael Jordan hold the most value.  Regular base cards are barely worth a thing, but 3D versions reach into the hundreds.  Collectors have spent over a thousand dollars for ones in mint condition.

Fleer must have made up 3D versions of every base card.  Whether or not each card was requested at least once is a mystery.  Top players like Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Larry Bird, and John Stockton were popular requests, and have had 3D cards popup for sale.  Fleer could have easily destroyed whatever they had leftover once the promotion ended.  A 3D parallel may have been made for each base card, but I can guarantee you not every one has surfaced.  A print run for the cards that were distributed would massively help.  That’s info long lost.

2012/2013 Panini Signatures Basketball Box Break & Review

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Nice thick card stock, but Panini went with a slightly boxy look again.  Not all of these cards look like that, but enough do.  The on-card autographs like the Marvin Williams I pulled look really good.  It has a nice black and white image with a blue ink signature right through the middle.  The signed film cards don’t look that bad either.  This is the first time Panini has issued film cards for basketball.

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Boxes are currently selling for $100.00.

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This product gets to business fast.  Every box has one pack containing three autographs.  I like how the additional cards are numbered to 25 or less.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Marvin Williams On-Card Auto #’ed/49
  • Norris Cole Sticker Auto #’ed/99
  • Detlef Schrempf Signatures Film Red Redemption #’ed/49

Parallel

  • Chris Paul Chase Stars Green #’ed/5

Base

  • Gary Payton Chase Legends #’ed/25

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Overall, I give 2012/2013 Panini Signatures 3.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Despite some of the boxy look, many of the on-card autographs came out well.  Its a quick thrill product that does have some set building qualities that you normally don’t see.  Set collectors should have fun tracking down all 10 versions of the Chase Stars Green cards.  In my opinion, if you have the extra money, go for a box of 2012/2013 Elite Series.  The glass cards Panini made for that product are top notch and are some of the best basketball cards they’ve ever made.

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2012/2013 Panini Elite Series Basketball Box Break & Review

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Holy @#%$*^!  Where did Panini come up with these cards?  Of all the basketball products I’ve opened, this is one of the nicest.  Panini decided to take Elite in a slightly higher-end direction this time around.  The 275-card base set is printed on thick white card stock with a foil border.  I’m a big fan of acetate cards, especially when they have on-card autographs.  This product is loaded with them.  But the real eye catchers are the one per box glass cards.  This was Panini’s first attempt at making a glass card, and I think they nailed it.  You really need to see one of these cards in person before dismissing them as just a thick clear card.  These are layered and have a 3D feel to them.  Almost like a Shadow Box card.  Collectors seem to be eating them up too.

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Boxes are currently selling for $180.00.

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This is not your typical Elite.  Boxes contain one pack, having four autographs and one glass card.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Kyrie Irving Rookie Inscriptions Auto
  • Greg Stiemsma Rookie Inscriptions Auto
  • MarShon Brooks Rookie Inscriptions Auto
  • Jon Leuer Die-Cut Status Auto #’ed/30

Elite Glass

  • Kyrie Irving Glass Masters #22

Base

  • Darren Collison #’ed/275
  • Al Horford #’ed/275
  • Jordan Crawford #’ed/275
  • Nolan Smith RC #’ed/249
  • John Henson Elite Series #’ed/199

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Overall, I give 2012/2013 Panini Elite Series Basketball 4 Pipino Knights out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its one of Panini’s most well designed basketball products.  I would like to see them bring their glass cards to football.  The only negative thing I can say about it, is that some of my cards had a little dust on them.  It easily came off though.

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2012-13 Panini Past & Present Basketball Box Break & Review

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2012-13 Past & Present is a colorful adventure filled with today’s hottest rookies and past stars.  I think it drastically out performs last year’s set.  The best way to describe it is to say it feels like a Heritage product you’d see from Topps.  That’s what it feels like to me.

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The Rise ‘N Shine cards that almost come (1) per pack look like a breakfast cereal or orange juice ad.

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Forget all those popular inserts from the 90’s.  Fuzzy headbands are the future of this industry!

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Boxes are currently selling for $70.00.  Really affordable.

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Yeah, there are big “hits” to be found in this product, but its mainly geared towards set collectors.  Every box should have (3) autographs and a bunch of inserts.  I wish Panini would have included more photo variations.

I pulled the following:

Autos

  • Iman Shumpert Rookie Auto
  • Dana Barros Elusive Auto
  • Jeff Malone Elusive Auto

Winning Touch Banners

  • Bill Russell #19
  • Kenny Smith #15

Raining 3’s

  • Klay Thompson #7
  • Chandler Parsons #11

Headbands

  • Chris Anderson #17
  • Zach Randolph #2
  • LeBron James #12

Shattered

  • Shannon Brown Player Standouts #41
  • Dwight Howard Player Standouts #26
  • Anthony Davis #32

Treads

  • Carmelo Anthony #30
  • Vince Carter #9
  • Brandon Knight #26
  • Kobe Bryant #24
  • Dirk Nowitzki #15

Other Notable Cards

  • Deron Williams SP Variation #12
  • Anthony Davis Rise ‘N Shine #64
  • Damian Lillard RC #249

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Overall, I give 2012-13 Past & Present 4 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  It was quite entertaining to open, but I would have liked to have seen more photo variations.  Set collectors should really enjoy putting this set together.

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