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To Spite a Homecoming King by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Tonight’s the night.

Nearly every news source seems to have mentioned LeBron James‘ return to Cleveland in the context of anticipated booing, “traitor” signs and the like. Even NPR’s Morning Edition aired a story about the drama-filled breakup, including soundbites from the unconditionally supportive LeBron James Grandmothers Fanclub.

Despite grandmotherly love, more rabid basketball fans, commentators and Cavs loyalists have created King James, the villain. Tonight, James brings his heat-hot date to Cleveland, making for an awkward homecoming. Considering the tension in tonight’s meeting, viewers can expect (and enjoy) drama on the court, in the stands and beyond. Whether the spectacle is contrived or not, overblown or actually substantial, it sure is entertaining.

Leading up to, during, and even after the game, there will be boos. In a sea of anti-James sentiment, Sprite will be spilled and spite will fill the air. If so compelled by the melodrama, card collectors are equipped with the perfect effigies to defile.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 7 — A Chris Bosh autographed Topps Echelon game-used jersey card by Chris Olds
November 4, 2010, 5:28 pm
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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

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

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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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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‘King James’ debuts with Miami Heat tonight by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The NBA season starts tonight with one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it doesn’t include the current champions.

The Miami Heat travel to the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m., which will air on TNT.

Even the most casual of NBA fans want to get a look at LeBron James in his first regular-season game with the Heat. Plenty of hype surrounded Miami in the off-season, which began with a few simple words this summer.

“I’m taking my talent to South Beach,” James said in an hour-long show on ESPN in July.

He signed with Miami, which already had Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

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“The Decision” means new autograph style for LeBron James, too by Chris Olds
August 10, 2010, 7:53 am
Filed under: NBA, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Many people wondered how long, how calculating “The Decision” was for LeBron James.

While we ponder that one with James having taken his talents to South Beach we have a new addition to a James persona that already includes a new team, a new uniform and perhaps a new image.

What is it?

A new autograph.

Really, a new signature style.

The player whose autograph emulated that of his childhood hero, Michael Jordan, is evolving once again as part of his changes — perhaps one part psychological, one part promotional.

Either way, it probably won’t hurt the demand for those new Miami Heat items from Upper Deck Authenticated.

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Upper Deck unveils signed LeBron Heat memorabilia by Chris Olds


Upper Deck released the first glimpses of its new LeBron James autographed Miami Heat memorabilia on Wednesday, a small assortment of items marking The King’s decision to take his talents to South Beach.

The initial assortment from Upper Deck Authenticated includes the autographed photo seen above, limited to 100 pieces, an NBA basketball branded with the Heat logo and, of course, the autographed jersey.

Prices for the items was not announced, but the company pointed interested fans toward UpperDeckStore.com for details to come soon.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



Chris Bosh’s First Heat Autograph to Arrive at The National by Tracy Hackler

Last week, Beckett Media’s Chris Olds was the first to report that the first Miami Heat trading cards of new teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh would be part of Panini America‘s wrapper redemption program at next month’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

Today, Beckett Media confirmed that Bosh’s first Miami Heat certified autograph trading card will be part of that wrapper redemption, too.



LeBron James’ first Miami Heat card arrives at The National Sports Collectors Convention by Chris Olds

The Heat is on — LeBron James’ back and now cardboard, too.

Panini America, the only officially licensed manufacturer of NBA trading cards has unveiled the first card of James in his new uniform, a card that will only be found at the National Sports Collectors Convention next month in Baltimore, Md.

Collectors who open five packs of current Panini NBA or NFL cards at the company’s booth during the show will receive a pack of cards specially made for the event that runs Aug. 4-8 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

James is one of 50 athletes from the NFL, NBA, NHL and college baseball ranks who will appear in the company’s National set. There will be rarer Green and Blue parallels (rarer versions numbered to 50 and 25 respectively) of the card to be found as well.

Also to be found in the set? Chris Bosh’s first Heat card, too.

Historically, a high-profile player’s first few cards showing him with his new team command serious attention. For example, Michael Jordan‘s first standard-issue (not limited) Washington Wizards cards routinely sold for $25 apiece around the time of his arrival in Washington, said Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Keith Hower.

“It will probably be the most popular card on the market,” Hower said of the first James Heat card. “And most likely the most expensive base card of the year.”

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



Like many past NBA players, Manute Bol is easy to collect — because he has so few basketball cards by Chris Olds

Manute Bol — the only player in NBA history to record more blocked shots than points in his career — died on Saturday at age 47, leaving behind a legacy of trying to help people in his native Sudan.

His legacy on cardboard, despite playing 10 seasons in the NBA? Not so lengthy.

The 7-foot-7 center played for four NBA teams but appears on just 98 cards, his lone Rookie Card coming in the landmark 1986-87 Fleer set — it’s worth just $2.

He has just 15 certified autographs. His most plentiful  signed card — so far — is his 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Retired NBA Team Patches Signatures set from Panini America, which is limited to just 199 copies.

Bol’s most expensive autograph card is found in the 2006-07 Topps Full Court Co-Signers set, a release that he shares with Golden State Warriors legend and Hall of Famer Rick Barry.

Five of Bol’s autographed cards are 1/1s, so there are really only 10 signed cards one will reasonably find when hunting for his memorabilia. And of those cards, all but two have known print runs — and there are fewer than 300 autographs to be had.

Bol is indicative of a trend that Panini is starting to change as it’s now the exclusive manufacturer of NBA cards — players who are under-represented on cardboard, despite having a memorable place in the game.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-19) Contest No. 6 — A Penny Hardaway autographed 8×10 photo (courtesy of Panini America)***NOW CLOSED*** by Chris Olds

***NOW CLOSED***

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and everything this week is courtesy of Panini America.

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

Tips: 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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***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.)

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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. 7 — A Michael Beasley autographed 8×10 photo plaque courtesy of Blowoutcards.com by Chris Olds

Now closed. Click here to see the latest contests that run until midnight.

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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*** NOW CLOSED *** Black Friday Contest No. 6 — A Shawn Marion autographed 8×10 photo plaque courtesy of Blowoutcards.com by Chris Olds

Now closed. click here to see if the latest contest has been posted.

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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***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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***NOW CLOSED*** Black Friday Contest No. 4 — A Michael Beasley autographed 8×10 photo plaque courtesy of Blowoutcards.com by Chris Olds

Now closed. Click here to see if the latest contest has been posted.

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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*** NOW CLOSED*** Black Friday Contest No. 3 — A Shawn Marion autographed 8×10 plaque by Chris Olds

Now closed — click here to see the latest 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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***NOW CLOSED*** Black Friday (Early Bird) Contest No. 1 — Win an autographed Dwyane Wade 8×10 photo plaque by Chris Olds

Now closed. Click here to see the newest contests as they are posted.

Here’s the Early Bird Contest we promised …

We’re  starting off Free Stuff Black Friday early 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 as it’s, of course, Black Friday.

And Thomas Fish of Blowoutcards.com has some outrageous deals in the works beginning at 6 a.m. Friday (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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