Monday, March 6, 2017

Basketball Box from Jon - Central Division

Before I get back to the basketball cards sent to me by Jon (A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts) I wanted to update you all on the Topps Heritage giveaway I posted a few weeks ago. Due to unforseen circumstances (too many SP's, no insert dupes, a near-complete second set) I was unable to send as many Heritage singles as I initially promised. I tried to make up for this by sending singles from other sets, but if you feel duped by my empty promise and you wish to unfollow my blog I'll understand.
 
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

Favorite cards:


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

Favorite cards:


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? 


Indianapolis .500

Before: 10 commons, 3 star base, no rookies, no inserts
After: 35 commons, 8 star base, 5 rookies, no inserts

Favorite cards:


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

 Favorite cards:


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 Antentu  Antetuk ... Greek Freak. Oh, and a Delly. Not for my star box.. just 'cause I like Delly.



Tomorrow I'll cover the cards from the Southeast Division.



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13 comments:

  1. At least I am not alone with not being able to spell or pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo (I just copy and pasted that).

    Nice post. I love 1990's basketball cards.

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    1. That last name sprained my tongue...

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    2. I couldn't even pronounce his first name. Apparently it's "Yah-nis" not "Ge-ah-nis". I have so much to learn..

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  2. Ah Derrick Rose... what a weirdo he turned out to be. Definitely prefer the Jordan/Rodman era Bulls to the current dumpster fire.

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    1. Those Bulls had a stranglehold on the NBA, for sure.

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  3. Can't have too many Jordan era Bulls cards. Brings back great memories. Don't know what the deal is with Rose. You can'r help but wonder what his career would have been like without the terrible injuries.

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    1. Yeah he was hurt more than he was healthy, it seemed. I actually thought he'd help the Knicks this year..but I doubt any one can fix that mess.

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  4. The '89 Jordan sticker has dropped in price over the years, I still have fond memories of it though, as it was still a considered a hot card to have when I was kid back in the early 90's. Jack Sikma was great, it's a real shame that he hasn't already been elected to the hall of fame, but I have faith that all the idiot voters will correct that mistake sooner or later.

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    1. Hall of Fame debates are fascinating to me. I wonder who else the B-ball Hall has overlooked.

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  5. The Pistons may not have had a superstar since Grant Hill left, but they did win a Championship in 2004. I don't follow basketball cards closely enough to know if Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, and Rasheed Wallace made a mark with collectors during that time. I know Rasheed Wallace was popular among sportswriters for saying and doing crazy stuff all the time.

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    1. That was a true team for sure. I dont know my hoops history all that well, but I cant think of another NBA champion that didn't have at least one superstar player.

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  6. You'll have a Cleveland big three next time I send you something. Remind me occasionally, lol. I should still have your address so maybe fairly soon. Kind of in the middle of something right now and might have to wait a little bit as I might have traded all my Lebrons already...But more will come along at some point, lol.

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    1. No worries, I can wait. I'm missing a lot of NBA stars so if you dont have any Lebrons left that's ok. I'm sitting on a stack of hockey cards I can send you but I want to add more to the pile first. I'll try to send them soon.

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