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    Claude,

    Any chance you would be willing to trade any of these? I know I have a few autos and relics of the guys in your sig and maybe some of the other players listed on your site.

    Mainly interested in some of the Kobe's.

    lmk thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan5 View Post
    Claude,

    Any chance you would be willing to trade any of these? I know I have a few autos and relics of the guys in your sig and maybe some of the other players listed on your site.

    Mainly interested in some of the Kobe's.

    lmk thanks
    Dan

    at least for right now i've only pulled these out of the PC to raise money to pay for the rest of my moving expenses ...should that change once i finish moving , i'll let you know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcjr99 View Post
    at least for right now i've only pulled these out of the PC to raise money to pay for the rest of my moving expenses ...should that change once i finish moving , i'll let you know...
    Sounds good. Keep me posted. I'd like to add a couple of your Kobe's to my pc if we can work something out.
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    they both look good to me as well...

    it's simply amazing to me though what some of these cards are going for now...some beckett has caught up on and others they havent (how about the $3 BV 2nd year topps kobes going for 15 to 30 raw....unbelievable)...so many just sky-rocketing all at once and gradually spreading to other sets/players too...just hard to believe so many items going for well over BV especially considering the current economy...im of the mindset that as much as i want to keep these cards , i simply cant afford not to move them now...

    anyway , as for the 3 cards you asked about ... based on my research , here are my ebay BIN prices and my auto accept/off-ebay asking prices....

    1996-97 topps iverson 19.99 15.00 (2 available)
    1997-98 topps duncan 24.99 20.00
    2003-04 topps wade 29.99 25.00 (i couldnt give these away for $5 last year at the market and now sold one within minutes on ebay last night for 25)

    as singles my prices come to $75 , but if you need all of them i can knock off $15 and make them $60 dlvd ...
    Claude, I would offer $60 for the Topps AI x2, Topps Duncan, Topps Wade and Topps Carmelo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sportnut08 View Post
    Claude, I would offer $60 for the Topps AI x2, Topps Duncan, Topps Wade and Topps Carmelo.

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    sure...im too broke to be picky...right now i just finished a nice long session of diablo 3 so im off to catch a nap before today's break...if you don't mind posting it i'll confirm and send you my pp addy this afternoon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcjr99 View Post
    they both look good to me as well...

    it's simply amazing to me though what some of these cards are going for now...some beckett has caught up on and others they havent (how about the $3 BV 2nd year topps kobes going for 15 to 30 raw....unbelievable)...so many just sky-rocketing all at once and gradually spreading to other sets/players too...just hard to believe so many items going for well over BV especially considering the current economy...im of the mindset that as much as i want to keep these cards , i simply cant afford not to move them now...
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    Do you have any thoughts as to why certain companies like Topps and Metal have skyrocketed while other issues seem to be stagnant in value? I'm looking at the Tim Duncan and AI Rcs. as examples. That is very odd to me.

    And I know what you are saying about not being able to give some of these away in recent times but now are selling for much higher in this economy. Strange times indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SymphonicMetal View Post
    Do you have any thoughts as to why certain companies like Topps and Metal have skyrocketed while other issues seem to be stagnant in value? I'm looking at the Tim Duncan and AI Rcs. as examples. That is very odd to me.

    And I know what you are saying about not being able to give some of these away in recent times but now are selling for much higher in this economy. Strange times indeed.
    my thoughts on why certain issues have exploded and others havent....

    the trend really seemed to start with prizm basketball and at first it looked like it had a lot to do with the class of 2019...it quickly spread - just look at 2012-13 and 2013-14 prizm to see the magnitude...with no more topps chrome basketball , prizm just seems to have filled that niche ...

    next up was the untimely death of kobe which set off an explosion across almost everything of his...the one that surprised me most was the massive jump in everything of lebron...when he first went to the lakers there was a small bump , but over his first season there all i seemed to hear was how he was ruining the team , was a cancer , was on the decline , etc and his prices stagnated....fast forward a few months and everything of his is 5 to 10 times what it was in 2018...

    most years around february through april , many people splurge a little when tax refunds come...the kobe , lebron , zion , and ja explosion was already in progress when the covid lockdowns started and stimulus checks started going out...now you had people with nothing to do but kill time and a little chunk of money on hand so the boon continued and started spreading to other players and sets....the last dance stuff focused so much attention on the bulls (and i look for similar with the mcgwire/sosa and tom brady features coming up) that virtually everything of mj , pippen , and rodman started flying...then a lot of the mid 90's rookies such as iverson , garnett , and duncan who recently made the hall of fame or are considered locks in the next few years...i'm a little bit surprised there hasn't been any uptick at all in guys like chris webber , penny hardaway , jason kidd , grant hill , or tracy mcgrady, but i don't think this is over yet so maybe .....

    as for why certain sets and not others...it seems the old saying chrome is king is in full effect...similar sets like finest and bowman's best have seen some movement , but not nearly as much...i do think they will continue to climb though...the basic topps ? my personal opinion is that a lot of people who have collected baseball throughout the years and has always considered topps to be the big boy have ventured in and have started snapping up topps rookies of key players...aside from the massive explosion with stephen curry a few years ago , i don't really recall any time since 1992 when topps basketball made an impact until this spring...now just look at some BV's and it's amazing (kobe rc 60 , iverson from 2 to 20 in 3 months , lebron from 50 to 500 in a little over a year)...

    the big mystery is metal , metal universe , and metal championship...they are all cool cards...really ...i love the micro-etch foil stuff...(i think the condition sensitivity of the borders on those cards may play a role in this as well)...1995-96 and 1996-97 metal were nice introduction to the market ...the 95-96 set can hang it's head on being the first metal set while the 96-97 set boasts the great rookie class although players who had their rookie card in series 1 tend to book higher in series 2 if they had a card in ech series...the one i simply can not fathom is 1997-98 metal universe ....the 2nd year kobe at 100...the mj at 400...rodman and pippen at 40 each....i may be way off base , but i'm leaning toward thinking it gets a big boost due to the similarity to many of the superhero (marvel , dc , whatever) cards...now why metal universe exploded and metal championship has not (kobe still with a 6 bv) escapes me - and i am actually looking to find some championship on the assumption it WILL take off soon...

    another i've noticed selling well at or above bv has been 1996-97 flair showcase...i've loved flair since it debuted with 1993 baseball and i know many people have chased the legacy collections and masterpieces over the years...while it was a beautiful set from day one , the 96-97 issue took it to a new level and i think it's a simple case of the cards being so attractive...

    my summary - i think a combination of tings have driven this boon and frankly i don't think it can go on forever , but i do think it has more legs...i've got my eye on 4 or 5 more sets (first 2 years of finest , 94-5 and 96-97 sp ) and a dozen or so more players that i hope to be able to stockpile now but with my current financial situation i dont know if i will have time or not...even if this does turn out to be just a bubble market , i am fairly sure most items that have skyrocketed , even if they crash , will still be well over what they were when this all began...

    two other cards that blew me away when compiling data to price the cards in my list above.....2015-16 hoops kobe and lebron...both book at 3.00 but both are selling consistently in the 8 to 15 range...the kobe has lebron in the photo and is being marketed as "kobe's last year" and "with lebron"....the lebron card pictures him doing his customary pre-game chalk throw and is being marketed as "iconic chalk throw pose"...and here i thought the 2008-09 topps chrome kobe that pictures lebron on defense having a BV of 200 was wild...smh
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    Thanks for a most interesting read!! I really appreciate the insight. Looking at your sell list, I was totally confused by the rise in some and not others. In the 1990s until Upper Deck began short printing rookies, I always equated a player's Topps RC and their Upper Deck one. What a difference in the two similar cards these days. Topps being the historic company does make sense for their rise.

    Kobe's rise in value made some sense with his passing. LBJ going to the Lakers also would cause a price rise. The Bulls players from their dynasty increasing in value made some sense too. But Duncan, AI and Garnett are complete mysteries since none of them was a rival of MJ. One mega star palyer I did not see a reference to was Shaq. I'd think his cards would have gottena boost since he was a rival of MJ's in Orlando and a teammate of Kobe's in LA.

    If there are 15 basketball sets for any of those mid 90s years, Metal going up would have been one of my last choices.

    Thanks again for the opinion. Seeing these price rises makes me very happy I was not baseball myopic in my collecting habits!!

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    list updated to reflect sales....
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    How’s the Flair Kobe Rookie look?
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    How’s the Flair Kobe Rookie look?
    to my naked eye it looks good...clean corners...when held to the light at certain angles , a bunch or short parallel verticl microlines appear on the surface ...they dont appear to be surface scratches but look like they are behind the glossy coating...there is a tiny speck of white along the bottom border just to the right of his leg , but i dug around and found a magnifying glass and upon close examination it appears to be the tops of the jersey lettering on the background photo instead of actual damage to the card...
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    Thanks. I'm interested, but just dropped a bunch of cash on some other stuff. How much are you asking cashwise?
    Chris

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcjr99 View Post
    to my naked eye it looks good...clean corners...when held to the light at certain angles , a bunch or short parallel verticl microlines appear on the surface ...they dont appear to be surface scratches but look like they are behind the glossy coating...there is a tiny speck of white along the bottom border just to the right of his leg , but i dug around and found a magnifying glass and upon close examination it appears to be the tops of the jersey lettering on the background photo instead of actual damage to the card...
    One of the few remaining Trailblazer Fans. I am always looking for their base and parallel stuff. I am also interested in Vintage (Pre1980) Sports Cards. Currently working on 1977 Topps Baseball. I also collect comics.

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    Thanks. I'm interested, but just dropped a bunch of cash on some other stuff. How much are you asking cashwise?
    Chris
    just did some more research on all reported ebay sales in june...pretty consistent data...

    25 total sales :
    low = 38.48
    hi = 110.68
    average = 66.60
    dropping hi and low , average = 65.90

    breaking it down just a bit :

    13 auction sales :
    low = 39.00
    hi = 110.68
    average = 69.56
    dropping hi and low , average = 68.60

    2 full BIN sales :
    67.98
    78.94

    10 best offers accepted :
    low = 38.48
    hi = 79.25
    average = 61.37
    dropping hi and low , average = 62.00

    more recent sales have been trending upward...lowest live BIN is in the mid 80's with most asking well over 100...if i list it there , i'll set a BIN of roughl;y 80 to 85 and be looking for 65 to 75...


    soooo....off ebay im looking for 60 but would go a little lower if selling multiple items...
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    original list updated to remove recently sold items and add two new items...hoping to get more items added later today and tomorrow...
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    a few new items added at the bottom of the first post that will likely be hitting ebay tomorrow....
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