Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rookies I Will be Collecting in the Second Half of the Season

Landry Fields: Fields was no doubt overlooked in the 2010 NBA Draft. I am very surprised by his production so far this year. He is averaging 10.1 points/game while starting on a youthful, monster market New York Knicks team that is only going to get better. As New York makes its playoff push this spring, I would expect Fields' values to rise.

Wesley Johnson: Yes, it is true that Johnson plays on a dreadful team, but while some may see that as a disadvantage, I see it as an advantage. Even though he has only been averaging 9.4 points/game while battling some knee injuries, Johnson has a chance to be Minnesota's go-to-guy in the next couple of years.

Greivis Vasquez: Granted, this is a homer/sleeper pick, but my reasons for wanting to buy him are logical. His 3.4 points/game and 2.4 assists/game may lead you to believe that he hasn't done jack squat, however, I have witnessed many a Grizz game where Vasquez came off the bench and provided a spark with his ability to create for others, and his outside shooting ability. If Vasquez ever reaches the level of play he was at in college, I will look like a genius.

The Future Of The Blog Two

Once again January has flown by and February has swiftly come upon us. And with the coming of February comes the annual, "Future Of The Blog" post.

I looked back at last year's post, and I couldn't help but laugh at my ignorance. While I am by no means a blogging or collecting expert, I feel that I have learned a lot since I started this blog.

I have come to realize that even though this blog is sport specific, my content is still too broad. That is why I am going to shrink my focus to rookie collecting. I still want to stay basketball specific, but I plan on posting strictly about collecting rookies.

Now, that doesn't mean I won't post my share of thoughts on the Grizzlies, or other basketball topics, but I do want to try to stay within the rookie collecting realm.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rookie Flashback: 2008-09 Bowman Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook is a player who has far exceeded my expectations for him. When he entered the draft out of UCLA, I really did not foresee him performing as well as he has. Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points/game and 8.5 assists/game this year. Even more impressive is that he has seen his averages in assists and points rise every year he has been in the league. That is one reason I believe him to be a great investment.

As for the card itself, it's your standard Bowman base rookie. I myself am not a huge fan of bowman basketball, simply because it seems too generic. The white border of this card is the only thing that separated the rookies of this set from the dull old base cards.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ridiculous eBay Auction: 1986-87 Fleer

I came across another ridiculous eBay auction, check it out for yourself here.

Up for sale is an unopened box of 1986-87 Fleer basketball (contains 36 packs). What is the price, you ask? It's a whopping $12,995. While this box does have a long shot at containing the famous 86-87 Jordan card, it is still way overpriced. Even if you did happen to pull the Jordon, you couldn't even sell the card for a quarter of what you bought the box for.

Well, I gotta watch the Vols take on LSU, so I will leave at this: if you set your eBay auctions at a laughably high price, I will find your listing and make it the next "Ridiculous eBay Auction"!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Basketball Card Pro Rave on Jimmer Fredette

Every summer, basketball card collectors such as myself spend a lot of time trying to figure out which rookies to buy. While the upcoming rookie class doesn't appear to be anything spectacular, there is one player who really stands out to me, and his name is Jimmer. Jimmer Fredette. Many people are still unsold on whether or not he will be able to perform well in the NBA. I will be collecting Jimmer because of his lights out shooting ability, his craftiness around the basket, and his staggering desire to succeed.

In his senior year at Brigham Young University, Jimmer is averaging 25.8 points/game, which leads the NCAA. The majority of his points come from beyond the arc. This guy will jack it up often, and from anywhere on the floor, yet he still is able to shoot an impressive 40% from three point land. During his junior season, Jimmer drilled nine threes in a win over Arizona, a game in which he tallied a career high 49 points. Can you really go wrong with a shooter that is this good?

Although Jimmer scores a lot of points via the three ball, his repertoire is not limited to threes. He uses his strength to beat defenders off the dribble, then puts it in the hole. You certainly won't see him throw it down over Yao Ming, but Fredette is one of the craftiest players around the goal that I have ever seen. I would compare his unbelievable layups and floaters to those of Steve Nash. I could actually see Jimmer becoming a Nash type player some day, only I think he will be a better scorer than Nash.

My final reason for this Jimmer enthusiasm, is his drive to be successful. He is constantly faced with the challenge of facing a defender with superior speed, yet he still leads all of college basketball in scoring. When you think college basketball, BYU is not the first school that comes to mind, actually, it's probably not even one of the first hundred schools that comes to mind. Even so, Jimmer has BYU sitting at #9 in the country with an 18-1 record. In fact, BYU has been 100-21 with Jimmer Fredette on its roster. The man is a winner.

I believe due to his shooting skills, cleverness, and desire, Jimmer Fredette will be well worth collecting when the upcoming rookie class's cards are released.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Contest Winner

I did a random drawing last night, and out of 26 entries, Chad was the winner. Congrats Chad, and if you could contact me and give me your address, I'll get those cards out to you ASAP.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Three Packs of Threads

A hobby shop recently opened up about 15 minutes from my house, so today I took my first trip there. While the owner didn't have much in stock yet, he seemed like a nice guy and I would love for him to stay in business, so I bought three packs of 2010-11 Panini Threads Basketball. Here's what I got:

Threads' base cards are pretty much like your average base card. They are fairly thin, with a little bit of a glossy feel. Here are the base cards I got: 55, 137, 95, 119, 62, 46, 104, 57, 80, 121, 78, and 112. If anyone is interested in getting their hands on these just let me know.



I did pull a Silver Century Proof parallel, numbered 26/199. Don't know how well that will show up, but it's pretty nice.



Here are the inserts I pulled. Nothing special.

Aha! A hit! Wait a second, who is Hassan Whiteside??! The name sounds familiar, but I don't even know where the dude came from. I looked him up on ESPN, and apparently he has not recorded a single stat this year. O well, it's still a cool card, and maybe one day Hassan Whiteside will be a household name.


Thoughts on the New York Knicks

Well, the University of Tennessee men's basketball team is officially driving me to the brink of madness. In what has been a roller coaster season so far, the Vols have handled Villanova, and spanked Pittsburgh, yet they find themselves sitting at 10-6. I could write about my thoughts on the Vols all day, but since I'm guessing that none of you are Vols fans, I won't bore you. I'll just say this; if I didn't have a shaved head, I'd be pulling my hair out. I had to get that off my chest.

Now onto the main topic.

After years of underachievement and disapointment, it seems as thought the New York Knicks may have finally found their stride. It's been since the 03-04 season since the Knicks made the playoffs, but this year looks like the year they will break back onto the playoff scene. Sitting at 6th place in a less than impressive Eastern Conference, with a record of 22-15, the Knick's chances of making the playoffs are good.

Not only are the Knicks loaded with young players with promising NBA futures, they are also loaded with young players that have promising futures in the hobby.

Take Raymond Felton. He is having a career year, putting up 18.1 points/game along with 8.8 assists/game. And with Stoudemire and a cast of young players that are steadily improving, I can see his numbers continuing to rise in the years to come. Felton's cards are a bargain right now. One could easily find a "Buy it Now" listing on eBay of a Felton rookie auto, possibly serial numbered, for $15. However, if the Knicks make some noise in the playoffs, and Felton stays healthy, expect his cards to get hotter.

Another Knick I'm high on is Wilson Chandler. I believe I've wrote about him on this blog before, because I think he's a great investment. Chandler's scoring average has gone up every year since entering the league in 2007. He's averaging 17.8 points/game and 6.4 rebounds/game. Chandler is the Knicks' third leading scorer, behind Stoudemire and Felton. I've already bought a couple Chandler rookies, including an autograph, for next to nothing.

While Stoudemire may be at the peak of his career, other Knicks with promising hobby futures ahead of them include: Gallinari, Landry Fields, and Toney Douglas.

With a plethora of young talent, and a veteran leader in Stoudemire, the Knicks are primed to climb their way back to the upper echelon of the NBA.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Contest at All About Cards

All about cards has organized an easy-to-enter contest, and it looks like the prize package will be impressive. Be sure to check it out. For full details click here.

Current List of Contest Entries

  1. Greg Zakwin
  2. Hackenbush
  3. TJ
  4. Kenneth
  5. The Ranter
  6. SportsCardGirl
  7. Chad
  8. Hoopography
  9. dodgerbobble
  10. jacaneese_3
  11. White Sox Cards
  12. Fuji
  13. BigD
  14. Matt
  15. G_Moses
  16. Sports Card Report
  17. Sports Card Radio
  18. schuylerplekker
  19. Mark Hemsley
  20. Anthony Kates
  21. tmcd
  22. dfrbamf
  23. BA Benny
  24. cubsfan731
  25. Colbey (flywheels)
  26. Kerwin
Nobody holds an advantage right now, so be sure to get those extra entries by referring. Contest ends Saturday at midnight.