“Pin-Up” of the Week: 1990 NBA Hoops 11th National Sports Collectors Convention Pin

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Tickets for the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention went on sale this week.  This year’s National takes place Aug. 3-7 in Atlantic City.  By the looks of it, TRISTAR plans to have an extremely large list of autograph guests.  More will be added the closer we get to the opening.

Outside of cards, I’d like to see more National branded merchandise.  Many of the early Nationals had lots of different things.  Only two of the Nationals I’ve been to have sold shirts.  Both were in Baltimore.  I want to see the National’s name on more shirts, pins, bobbleheads, etc…  The National use to have a long running line of pins from the 80’s to early 2000’s, but that stopped.

As of right now I plan on being in Atlantic City this year.  I’ve got my hotel reservations and official Sports Card Info pins ready to hand out.  No real word yet as to what promos will be made.  Its a little early for that.  With the recent passing of the National’s founder, Mike Berkus, it wouldn’t surprise me if we see some promo cards of him.


Card of the Day: Flip Saunders 1996-97 NBA Hoops #264

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Card of the Day: Anthony Mason 1991 Hoops #404

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Wizards Hoops Contest Winner Announced

Congrats to fatcatt on being the lucky winner of the Shelvin Mack 12-13 NBA Hoops Auto.  Once fatcatt sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!


Wizards Hoops Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This week’s contest is for a Shelvin Mack 12-13 NBA Hoops Auto.  Good luck!!!


Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, September 14, 2012 @ 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!!!

2012-2013 Panini NBA Hoops Box Break & Review

Design: Photobucket

The first thing I notice with Panini’s NBA Hoops cards is the photography.  Its very good!  Big and bold.  Almost Stadium Club like.  There are a lot of sticker autographs, but at least Panini didn’t place a white box right in the middle of the photograph like they have in the past.  The photos on most of the autographed cards fade into a slightly white area near the bottom where they placed the sticker.

Price: Photobucket

Hobby boxes are currently selling for $68.00.

“Hit” Quality: Photobucket

Hobby boxes promise (2) autographs.  One of the biggest “hits” you could pull is the Anthony Davis rookie autograph.  Too bad its a redemption.

I pulled the following:


  • Derrick Williams Auto
  • Shelvin Mack Auto


  • Serge Ibaka Artist’s Proof #137 – Is he related to Chewbacca?
  • Gary Forbes Glossy #32
  • Jason Richardson Glossy #168
  • Brandon Knight Glossy #229
  • Jon Leuer Glossy #255
  • J.J. Hickson Glossy #128
  • Dwight Howard Glossy #300


  • Anthony Davis #275
  • Moe Harkless #288
  • Evan Fournier #290
  • Tyler Zeller #289
  • Thomas Robinson #279
  • Andre Drummond #283
  • Terrence Ross #282
  • Perry Jones III #291
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #276
  • Meyers Leonard #285
  • Bernard James #292
  • Quincy Miller #294
  • Dion Waiters #278
  • Jeremy Lamb #286
  • Damian Lillard #280
  • Quincy Acy #293
  • Harrison Barnes #281
  • Kyrie Irving #223 – some collectors are calling this a rookie, but he does have a few Panini “rookies” from last year

Overall: Photobucket

Overall, I give 2012-2013 NBA Hoops a generous 3 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Set collectors and Hoops fans will probably enjoy it, but if your looking for a box loaded with “hit” after “hit”, this isn’t what you’ll see here.


First Glimpse Of Panini’s Hoops Cards In NBA Baller Beats

Lots of new gadgets and games are being introduced this week at the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3.  Just like I said in this blog post last week, one of the products being demonstrated is NBA Baller Beats.  I know this is a sports card blog, and I rarely talk about video games, but some of the in-game rewards are virtual Panini NBA Hoops basketball cards.  In the trailer above you get to see your first glimpse of these in the game.  Way cool!  I wish more trading cards were incorporated into video games.

Anyone who preorders NBA Baller Beats at GameStop will receive an assorted 3-pack of NBA Fathead 5×7 Tradeables.  This is probably one of the best ways I have seen trading cards and video games working together.