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Bad Boys; Good Investments?

The term “Bad Boys” brings to mind different things to different people.  For fans of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, the 1995 movie probably comes to mind.  For those who grew up listening to Puff Daddy/P. Diddy, the song “Bad Boy For Life” might pop into your head.  Or if you couldn’t get enough of […]

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I Love Walter* (Ray Allen)

Little known fact: Ray Allen’s first name is actually Walter.  But Walter Allen sounds like an 80’s finance bro, a person I’d picture working alongside Patrick Bateman (a relative of Paul Allen’s, no doubt) comparing business cards, so I support Ray’s decision to use his middle name.     I wanted to write a post about […]

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Yao Rookies Now

One of the top news headlines yesterday was the story of how the US is shutting down the Chinese consulate in Houston.  The increasing tension between the US and China makes me nervous, but that’s a topic for a different blog.  After reading yesterdays news, and having just started this blog, one of the first […]

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Why the shade for DWade?

I was 21 when the Miami Heat squared off against the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA finals. I was glued to the TV for the entire series. I didn’t exactly have a dog in the fight per se; I always appreciated Dirk’s game, Mark Cuban seemed like a cool guy, and I’ve always loved […]

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Metal Jordan

The SkyBox Metal Universe cards were some of my all-time favorite cards to collect as a kid.  I honestly couldn’t spend money on them fast enough.  I’ve even spent a bit as an adult acquiring a parallel or two that I was never lucky enough to pull from a pack (but the wife doesn’t need […]

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The Poor Man’s Lebron Rookie Review

Over the weekend a Lebron James rookie card sold at auction for $1.8M.  To be more specific, it was a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James Rookie Patch Autograph card featuring a 3-color patch.  This card was graded 9.5 by BGS and was a limited numbered short print, in this case it was card #14/23.  […]

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The Triple Double: Bird/Erving/Magic

Undoubtedly the best card in my collection, and perhaps one of the coolest basketball cards ever made, is the 1980-81 Topps card featuring three Hall-Of-Famers: Larry Bird, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson. What makes this card so special is the fact that it is the rookie card for BOTH Bird and Magic. […]

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Beam Team Power Couple

One of the card sets that first got me hyped up about basketball card collecting was the 1992-93 Stadium Club Beam Team set, numbered from 1-21. The two best cards in the set were cards #1 and #21, Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neil, respectively. The Shaq card is technically his rookie card, and it appears […]