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Shaq Rookie Card (The 21 Most Valuable, Best Investments)


There’s only one Shaquille O’Neal.
The towering NBA legend has a resume that most players can only dream of.
From his dominance at LSU to the NBA, Shaq is one of the most accomplished players to ever grace the court.
Shaq’s rookie cards were a big hit when released back in 1992.
Today, his rookie cards are still big sellers, even despite massive production runs.
In this piece, we step back in time to review the rookie cards of the one and only big man, Shaquille O’Neal.

1970 Topps Pete Maravich Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)


Pete Maravich was one of the most exciting players to ever grace the NBA.

“Pistol” Pete could make things happen on the court that nobody else could and always put on a show for the fans.

Even today, more than forty years after he last played in the NBA, Maravich remains one of the most popular players in league history.

The 1970 Topps Pete Maravich rookie card also remains one of the hobby’s hottest and most valuable basketball cards

In this piece, we explore the career of Pete Maravich, while examining his rookie card in more detail.


1957 Topps Bill Russell Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

bill-russell-rookie-cardIn basketball, there are a few select players who are considered true legends – and Bill Russell is one of them.

With 11 NBA championships, 5 MVP Awards, and 12 All-Star appearances, Russell’s resume is undeniable.

Bill Russell’s 1957 Topps Rookie card is considered among the Mt Rushmore for basketball card collectors.

It is also one of the hobby’s most valuable cards, and, unfortunately out of reach for many. 

In this piece, we examine the past career of Bill Russell and provide more intel into his Topps rookie card. 


Fractional Sports Card Investing: A Collector’s Guide

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I’ve always viewed sports cards as an alternative asset. Vintage sports cards are equivalents to your other stocks, bonds, or mutual funds.

Some view baseball cards as pieces of cardboard. But once you dig into the supply/demand dynamics, it is clear why sports cards should be considered investments

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been in this first as a collector. I agree that the popularity of breakers and flippers gives rise to a bubble-like, greed-infested hobby

But I also think it’s fine to be both a collector (in it for the love of the hobby) and an investor at the same time.

Yet, with many vintage sports cards out of budget for most collectors, a new stock market-like dynamic has evolved.

Fractional sports card ownership allows a collector to buy a small piece of a high-priced card at whatever amount they desire.

In this piece, we will dive into the details of this burgeoning new market. 


Has The Jordan Fleer Rookie Card Finally Hit Rock Bottom?

Jordan Rookie Have We Hit The BottomI’ve written quite extensively about the 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan Rookie Card.

Covering everything from authentication (here and here), to fake Jordan’s in fake flips, to different PSA grades, investment potential, even scandals involving the Jordan rookie card.

To me, especially since I grew up opening packs of 86 Fleer basketball cards, it’s one of the most polarizing cards in the hobby.

But, over the last year or so, prices on the Jordan rookie card have fallen off a cliff. 

It wasn’t all that surprising. After all, Jordan’s PSA 8 Fleer Rookie card went from $3,000 to $25,000 in a little more than a year.

Plus, we are seeing many similar excesses wrung out in other speculative areas of the capital market (high growth stocks, bitcoin). 

Card prices can’t go up forever, and sometimes a correction is warranted. Helping to restore sanity to a market, where rational thinking can take over. 

In this piece, I dive deeper into the rise and fall of the Jordan rookie card, trying to determine what the future holds.

Has the Jordan Rookie Card reached rock bottom?


1969 Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie Card: A Closer Look


There aren’t many players that had the same sort of impact on the game of basketball as one Lew Alcindor.

Alcindor’s dominance on the court was evident early on, as he won three NCAA championships with the UCLA Bruins and then six NBA championships with the Bucks and LA Lakers. 

Not only was Alcindor a great basketball player, but a prominent cultural figure for the African American community.

Alcindor boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics due to the unequal treatment of black players. He also changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabaar in 1971 as a testament of his faith and to stand up for black Americans. 

The Lew Alcindor rookie card has taken on a renewed identity of its own in recent years, skyrocketing to among the hobby’s most valuable basketball cards, even despite a somewhat abundant supply.

As follows, we’ll examine the 1969 Topps Alcindor rookie card in detail, taking a closer look at overall value, scarcity, along with our take on future investment potential. 


Kobe Bryant Rookie Card: 12 Best Investments, Value, Checklist

kobe-rookie-cardKobe Bryant’s rookie cards remain among the most sought-after basketball cards in the hobby.

His dominance on the court with the Lakers and tragic passing has renewed interest in Kobe’s rookie cards.  

Like Tom Brady’s rookie cards, we usually don’t discuss cards from the modern era, but there are a few players (aka GOATS) for which we make an exception.

In this piece, we discuss the best Kobe Bryant cards, reviewing Kobe Bryant’s rookie card values while discussing PSA population reports and the investment potential for each. 

Also check out this page, which lists the most valuable Kobe Bryant rookie cards for sale on eBay.


Deal Or No Deal Groups – Don’t Take The Bait

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‘Deal or No Deal’ groups have become quite popular on Facebook. One of my collector friends sent me his thoughts on the format, which I’ve published here.  Note, if you’re a collector and would like to see your thoughts on our website, shoot me a line at chris@allvintagecards.com

Deal or No Deal Facebook groups annoy me. 

They wouldn’t if I didn’t belong to them, but I am a glutton for punishment.

Simply put, DOND listings are generally sucker bets.

Let me explain why.


Topps Dynasty Is Over: Does Fanatics Stand A Chance?

In what came as a shock to many, MLB and the MLBPA (MLB Players Association) signed a new exclusive deal with sports memorabilia company Fanatics, effectively ending the near 70-year dynasty for Topps.

The immediate reaction from collectors?

Surprise, confusion, and outrage.

Keith Olbermann, not afraid to speak his mind, said the deal orchestrated by the ‘Butcher Of Baseball’ (aka Rob Manfred, head of MLBPA) will lead to ‘ Shit Propagandist Cards’ due to  MLB’s involvement as an equity partner in the deal.

While Topps won’t win any awards for the junk-era designs and overproduction during the ’80s, the brand represents a certain nostalgia for many in the hobby that crosses generations.

And the fear is that Fanatics will flip the industry upside down, leaving the hobby in a state of disarray.

I’ve had a few days to digest this and had a lot of questions from collectors. Here’s a summary of my thoughts and answers to some of the biggest uncertainties regarding the deal.


Building The 1986 Fleer Basketball Set: A Collector’s Guide

jordan-rookie-psa-6One of my collecting buddies and I were recently discussing his quest to build a 1986 Fleer Basketball set.

Something that is not an easy feat, especially with the significant increase in values across the board on 86 Fleer Basketball cards.

While Jordan rookies have experienced a bit of a dip of late, I think all collectors could use a few tips in piecing together the set.  

Thus, here is his guide for collectors looking to build the 1986 Fleer set.  

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