So Friday was my birthday and like your typical card collector, I wanted only one thing for my birthday. I wanted a box of cards. Normally this means that I get blaster boxes from Target or Wal-Mart but this year was different. My great mother who reads this site, hi mom, knew that I was down on blaster boxes. She offered to go with me to my favorite card shop, Valley Sports Cards, and buy me a box of cards. Despite turning 30, I had no qualms about walking into the card shop with my mom. Hey, I love cards because opening a pack makes me feel giddy like a little kid. I immediately picked out Donruss Elite 2012/13.
When it comes to the NBA, I am not a fanatic. I may not be a big NBA fan but I love basketball. I follow UCONN hoops religiously and while I am going to a division 1 basketball right now, I go to as many of their games as possible. Unfortunately California State University Northridge doesn’t have many household names and our biggest tie to the NBA is a point guard named Landon Drew, who’s father Larry Drew is a coach you might’ve heard of-note I may be a little biased about Landon’s ability because he shares the same major as myself, but he has a good chance to star in Europe. I also love coaching basketball.
Anyway, off the tangent, basketball cards are my favorite to collect. I may not be a fan of teams but I am a fan of the players. I do collect current Memphis Grizzlies because they are my team, just not diehard; and old school Lakers like Eddie Jones, Kurt Rambis, and Michael Cooper because I grew up watching them. I also like how the NBA has only 2 rounds in their draft. This means that you don’t have to deal with too much junk. No offense to players like Joe Adams and Stefan Lefors but I have way too many of your cards to justify your NFL career. That is not to say that the market isn’t as flooded as other sports but some 2nd round picks do stick. One of my all time favorite pulls was a Paul Milsap autograph; a 2nd rounder who has carved a great career for himself. Realistically we are talking about 35 players who are worthless to collectors, whereas sports like baseball and football have double that amount. You have to love 15 man rosters.
Also, I like collecting foreign players. As I said, I am a basketball fan. I seek out cards of the guys who are tearing up Europe, even if they already flamed out in the NBA. This is why I have a few Fran Vazquez and Juan Carlos Navarro autographs in my collection. I want to know who the good players are on the powerhouse teams like Maccabi Tel Aviv and Olympiacos.
(My current kick is Prestige from 2013/14. As a lot of people know, I have been buying autograph cards from that set left and right.)