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Stoudemire cards at all-time low while his game is at its best by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary

After last night’s New York Knicks game, the home fans chanted “MVP” for Amar’e Stoudemire. While it’s definitely premature just 22 games into the season, over the last couple of weeks, Stoudemire has been the player New York hoped to get when it signed him this offseason.

The Knicks are 11-1 over their last 12 games and Stoudemire is averaging 29.8 points a game in that span. Over the last six, he’s bumped that up 34.1 points a game.

But Stoudemire was relatively forgotten about this offseason. He was a restricted free agent and signed on the first day teams were allowed to make an announcement. There was no flashy news conference or ESPN special with the entire industry hanging on his words. Stoudemire was overshadowed with Lebron James as he took his talents to South Beach.

Even as the season started, media followed everything happening in Miami through its current 14-8 record.

Now it’s Stoudemire’s time to shine and to get his card prices out of the gutter.

Two of the next three games are against some of the best teams in the NBA, but Dec. 17 is the big one. Even if the Miami Heat are currently in third in the Southeast, Stoudemire will be going up against James. This could be the chance he needs to out-do James and gain some traction.

Stoudemire is prime for a cardboard explosion.

He has all the attributes to become a superstar. He’s the best player on his team. He fills up the stat sheet as well as anyone.

But he also plays in New York, a major market.

Yet, his cards seem to be an all-time low right now. Consider his 2002-03 Ultimate Collection RC autograph. When it first came out, it booked at $300, where it topped out. It dipped through the years, and then climbed back to $300 in 2007.

Since then, the card’s value has been in a steady decline like the rest of his Rookie Cards. Signing with New York didn’t change anything. His Ultimate Collection RC only books for $120 right now.

This looks seems to be the perfect time to jump on his cards. He seems to be going through an amazing stretch of games and standing up to the pressure of the New York media.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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