|At least they haven't choked away a championship|
Before: 20 commons, 3 star base, no rookies, no parallels
After: 43 commons, 7 star base, 4 rookies, 1 parallel
Favorite cards (click to embiggen):
I'm usually a fan of 'retro' logos returning, but the Hawks "Pac-Man" thing is just too bland for me. These cards are far from it, though I wish the Pistol Pete (my first) was colorized. The Spud Webb Hoops card lists his height as 5 ' 7", while the Prizm (issued 25 years later) has him as 5' 6". The legend..shrinks? Fun fact: Pearl Jam initially named their band Mookie Blaylock..and they're in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So, in a way, Mookie could have been a Hall Of Famer. One more fun fact: Jason Terry is still an active NBA player.
Now it gets complicated...
|The best player...is the owner|
Before: 22 commons, 1 star base, 1 rookie, 1 insert
After: 51 commons*, 3 star base, 3 rookies, 2 inserts*
*includes Bobcats (but not New Orleans Hornets)
|Winning ain't easy without the King|
Before: 11 commons, no star base, no rookies, no inserts
After: 28 commons, 6 star base, no rookies, 3 inserts
Before: 16 commons, 2 star base, 5 rookies, no inserts
After: 30 commons, 13 star base, 9 rookies, no inserts
I really don't know what to say about the Magic.. I couldn't even think of a caption. They were hugely popular when Shaq and Penny played for them. Now they're just kinda there. Jon didn't send all that much Magic (compared to other teams) but there were a few Shaqs, a few Prizms.. and a Shaq prizm. I like the old-school black jerseys Nikola Vucevic is sporting. Orlando could really use a big star to play with him and Aaron Gordon.
|The Great Wall of Chinatown|
Before: 14 commons*, no star base, 2 rookies, no inserts
After: 42 commons*, 1 star base, 2 rookies, no inserts
(*includes Washington Bullets)
Is that the Capital Centre on the Michael Adams card? It sorta looks like the Calgary Saddledome. I still have a lot more Bullets than Wizards, including some of "My Giant" Gheorghe Muresan - who was a decent player and actor (I forgot he did two Snickers commercials.) The Rip Hamilton rookies will fit nicely in my UConn Huskies collection. John Wall is my first Bullets/Wizards star (I don't even know who else would qualify) and the Dudley Donruss makes me want to buy a blaster or two. Those are some colorful cards!
Tomorrow I'll take a break and re-charge (I'm not really happy with this post, the first two came out better IMO.) Maybe I'll catch up on trade posts. Western Conference coming soon.