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Incoming! New Arrivals for 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball by Tracy Hackler

Panini America‘s first foray into ultra-high-end basketball card production becomes official one week from today with the release of 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures, a $400-for-eight-cards proposition that guarantees its fair share of thrills among its eight cards per pack.

When the stakes are as high as they are with a hand-packed, super-premium product like this one, card manufacturers will wait until the last possible second to complete pack out in order to squeeze every last card into production.

That, of course, means lots of jaw-dropping jewels featuring lots of superstar players have been creating lots of excitement inside Panini America headquarters in recent days. Jaw-dropping jewels such as . . .

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Obscure LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh Card Enjoys 500% Increase by Tracy Hackler

Leave it to Miami’s men of the moment – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – to transform an utterly forgettable 6-year-old eyesore into the single hottest basketball trading card on the market.

Indeed, while South Florida’s hoops-collecting populace was waiting impatiently for the first cards featuring James, Wade and Bosh together, those with a little more market savvy and a lot more memory began scouring their 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix stashes for the one that already existed.

Last week that card was valued at $20. Today it’s valued at $100. And when the new issue of Beckett Basketball hits the market later this month, the convoluted Rookie Card will also be No. 1 on the Hot List, ahead of key Rookie Cards of five-time NBA champion and 2010 Finals MVP Kobe Bryant and 2009-10 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans.

For those counting at home, that virtually-overnight ascension from $20 to $100 represents a 500 percent increase. Not bad for a set that was an afterthought not long after it was released in April of 2004.

Simply put, the 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix product was a conflicted mess whose one redeeming quality – this card – has perhaps forever changed the set’s legacy for the better.

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Market Analyst: LeBron James to Miami ‘Would Set Off a Frenzy’ by Tracy Hackler
July 8, 2010, 11:01 am
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Basketball collectors just thought LeBron James was hot before.

According to Beckett NBA Senior Market Analyst Keith Hower, they haven’t seen anything like the scorching he’s about to set off on South Beach if indeed the reportedly Heat-seeking wunderkind with the $12,000 Rookie Card chooses to sign with Miami.

In addition to painfully concluding one of the most overwrought, drama-filled, Twitterific free agent signings in sports history, James’ expected announcement tonight that he’s joining the Heat will also send NBA cardmaker Panini America hustling to produce the first cards of James with his new team.

When those hit the market in a matter of months, Hower insists they’ll be instant must-haves.

“LeBron going to the newly dubbed ‘Heat Superteam’ will help the card values of every player on that team, especially those of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and, of course, James,” Hower says. “The first Heat cards of LeBron will set off a frenzy on the entire team.”

And in the event that James shocks the world tonight live on ESPN and chooses a team other than the Heat . . .

“If LeBron doesn’t go to Miami, the best places for him to end up hobby-wise are New York and Chicago,” Hower says. “Both teams are rich in hoops history and their legacies will feed LeBron’s newfound popularity. Cleveland is not the ideal market for an NBA superstar.”



***NOW CLOSED*** Black Friday Contest No. 8 — A Dwyane Wade autographed basketball courtesy of blowoutcards.com by Chris Olds

NOW CLOSED. Click here to see the latest on The Beckett Blog.

We’re  celebrating Free Stuff Black Friday this week with this item that can be yours right now

Our weekly tradition, which gets some sweet sports cards and memorabilia into the hands of collectors, has gone a bit dark today.

And Thomas Fish of Blowoutcards.com has some outrageous deals in the works which started at 6 a.m. (click here for the direct link), but he’s also helping us stir things up with collectors right here as he’s provided everything that we are giving away  right here on the biggest shopping day of the year.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Read everything slowly and carefully. Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the questions after the jump …

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Our final two contests are coming up … by Chris Olds

Stick with us here on Black Friday as we have two more contests to go …

And since we want everyone to be able to have a chance to win, we’re making the questions easy and we’ll leave them open for the rest of Friday, well after the crazy sales have ended…

Next one’s up in a few minutes…



***NOW CLOSED*** Black Friday Contest No. 5 — A Dwyane Wade autographed 8×10 photo plaque courtesy of Blowoutcards.com by Chris Olds

Now closed. Click here to see the latst contest.

We’re  celebrating Free Stuff Black Friday this week with this item that can be yours right now

Our weekly tradition, which gets some sweet sports cards and memorabilia into the hands of collectors, has gone a bit dark today.

And Thomas Fish of Blowoutcards.com has some outrageous deals in the works which started at 6 a.m. (click here for the direct link), but he’s also helping us stir things up with collectors right here as he’s provided everything that we are giving away  right here on the biggest shopping day of the year.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Read everything slowly and carefully. Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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Join us on Black Friday for a chance to win … by Chris Olds

If there’s one thing Thomas Fish of Blowoutcards.com knows, it’s blowing out sports cards (hence the name). If there’s a second thing, it’s promotion as there might not be anyone in the industry working as hard to get customers to check out his storefront via outrageous promotions (celebrating 9-9-09 for example).

But for Black Friday? He’s got even more in store for the biggest shopping day of the year.

We’ll get to that in a minute — but if there’s yet another thing he knows it’s generosity. And nine lucky readers of The Beckett Blog will learn that first-hand on Friday as Fish has provided — absolutely free — some top-of-the-line prizes for our readers who will visit on what is normally our Free Stuff Friday weekly promotion where we get some sweet sports cards and memorabilia into the hands of collectors.

What do we have in store for you, thanks to Blowout? Find out after the jump.

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