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King James bringing the Heat by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the biggest story lines coming into this NBA season was Lebron James in Miami after spending seven years with the team that drafted him.

In five games while wearing No. 6, James is averaging 20.4 points, 7.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds a game.

With a new team, collectors might have concerns on where they could get memorabilia that doesn’t say Cleveland Cavaliers, James’ former team.

Upper Deck Authenticated quickly took care of that.

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First look: 2009-10 Certified basketball cards by Chris Olds

Panini America released the basic product breakdown and preview images for its 2009-10 Certified basketball card set on Friday, a product headlined by a rare autograph appearance from Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.

Set to arrive on Feb. 3 with a suggested retail price of $10 a pack, Certified will include four autograph or memorabilia cards in each 10-pack hobby box (one autograph minimum), while each 24-box case will include an autograph from Bill Russell, Jerry West, John Havlicek, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Panini spokesman Kobe Bryant, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson or No. 1 overall draft pick Blake Griffin.

While that stout list of signers has some serious star power on it, consider Nowitzki’s signing habits. The German star has signed only 28 different certified autographs during his career — and the majority of those made in recent years consisted of fewer than 25 cards apiece (and most of them below 10).

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