Show #78 NBA Draft Recap + Collecting Web + News & More

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We’ve got a big show for you today, including some Hobby News, recent releases and the ‘Collectors Web’ as I’m going to call it.

Its not too early to start planning of the National Sports Card Convention in Rosemont, IL August 3 – 7. Expect to find anything you could possibly want at the show & I highly recommend going if you are in the area during that time.

Card Corner Club merges with Cardboard Connection, expect their podcast to run Friday’s at 11pm EST.

We’ve had a couple of releases during this month, none have blown the doors off the hobby – but they are worth mentioning.

2011 Topps Pro Debut & Topps Series 2 Baseball = >$60 and pretty weak in terms of hit value.

Michael Jackson Panini cards have some MJ fans upset the King of Pop is all cut up on ‘jersey cards’ … welcome to the trading card business Jackson fans. Packs have been selling for around $3.00

Donruss Elite Football is about what we expect from the set, and I’ll be curious to see how the RC cards do in this set over the season. Boxes are listed at $95, and these are NOT apart of the ‘minimum advertised pricing policy’ Panini will have in place for most products. Signed rookie cards have been selling on eBay for:
Cam Newton $120+
AJ Green $50+
Christian Ponder $50
Mark Ingram $40

The NBA draft just wrapped up & there were tons of trades and moves, so we discuss some of draft day transactions in the NBA. I think that Washington and Sacramento are now playing ‘Phoenix Suns’ style, as very few players on either team can play defense. However, expect some big nights from these teams, as they have the fire-power to go for 100+ points. The Milwaukee Bucks added some depth & scoring to a lineup that needed both of thos things last season … plus they didn’t have to give up much (Corey Maggette and a draft pick) to get Steven Jackson and some other quality players, I really like what the Bucks did. Another interesting move was when San Antonio sent backup PG George Hill to Indiana for 3 draft picks … could this be clearing the way for Gary Neal to be the man next year in SA?? We will see.

Here are my pre-season top 5 NBA draft players in terms of card values.

#1 Jimmer Fredette
This guy will fit in perfectly in Sacramento – the fans will love him, even if he only plays offense.
Will probably have the ‘Tim Tebow’ factor play into his early card values.
#2 Derrick Williams
We are expecting this guy to come in and play well from game #1 … but will he?
#3 Kyrie Irving
He hopes he is compared to Rose, Westbrook, CP3, D-Will and John Wall … not Jason Williams.
#4 Kemba Walker
Will probably have moments in his career where he’s a factor … Jason Terry like leadership could emerge.
#5 Tristan Thompson
Kid is raw, but should get plenty of playing time in Cleveland.

I used to work for an insurance agent that had all kinds of marketing & behavior theories. Below is my loose interpretation of a ‘Collectors Web’ … basically the types of collections & the human behavior (gambler/stasher) that usually helps you decide what type of collector you might enjoy the most.

Collector Web

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