That said, trade/giveaway packages were mailed out to the following bloggers/readers: Brett Alan, TSHenson, J. Meeks, The Lost Collector, Mike Matson, CardinalsFan16, Daniel Wilson, Fuji, ShoeboxLegends, Base Card Hero... and Jon.
Now back to the b-ball box.. I've sorted each card in my collection by team, and each card from Jon in a second pile. All this week I'm going to display and discuss some of my favorites from each team. Today it's the NBA's Central Division:
|The Second City's third best team|
Before: 13 commons, 8 star base, 1 rookie card, 2 inserts
After: 35 commons, 24 star base, 5 rookie cards, 4 inserts
Favorite cards (click to embiggen):
I thought I struck gold with that MJ Fleer sticker... but apparently it's not quite as valuable as earlier Jordan Fleer issues. Still a cool card though. Redhead Rodman was the best of his many looks - unique, but not too crazy. If Derrick Rose played another sport I'd banish him to the binders. But my basketball star box is light, so he stays - for now.
|One highly-paid superstar away from total world domination|
Before: 23 commons, no star base (!), 1 low #d base card, 2 rookies, 2 inserts
After: 58 commons, no star base (!!), 1 low #d base card, 7 rookies, 5 inserts
I still don't have any base cards of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, or Kevin Love but at least I got a cool Kyrie insert. (Note to self: find a Just Commons equivalent for NBA cards and fill holes in star base collection.) My friend Brandon was a big fan of any and all players with that first (or last) name, including Terrell. Those black and blue Cavs unis are so 90's.
|Bad Boys, Bad Boys. What'cha Gonna Do?|
Before: 9 commons, 8 star base, 1 relic, no rookies, no inserts
After: 25 commons, 16 star base, 1 relic, no rookies, 3 inserts
1991-92 SkyBox is one of my favorite basketball sets ever. I could include this Chuck Daly in my star box, since he is a Hall Of Fame coach.. but I've got enough Bad Boys in the box. Until this Grant Hill card arrived, all of my Pistons stars were from the back-to-back title years. Have the Pistons even had a star since Hill left? Does Andre Drummond count? Is he still dating Jeanette McCurdy?
Before: 10 commons, 3 star base, no rookies, no inserts
After: 35 commons, 8 star base, 5 rookies, no inserts
Reg-gie! Reg-gie! I liked Rik Smits (and I liked that John Green name-checked him in The Fault In Our Stars) but anyone who can make Spike Lee shut the f*ck up is my guy. Perhaps I'll start a Reggie Miller PC one day. Al Harrington has found a second career selling Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Men.
|Fear The Deer|
Before: 22 commons, no star base, no rookie cards, 1 insert
After: 50 commons, 3 star base, 2 rookie cards, 2 inserts
I never realized how good Jack Sikma was. Jack Sikma was really good. Thanks to the Big O Prizm and the two Ray Allens, I finally have some Bucks stars. Now all I need is a Giannis
Tomorrow I'll cover the cards from the Southeast Division.