Why Are Rookie Cards So Valuable?

Why are rookie cards valuable? There’s no denying that rookie cards tend to be the most popular versions to collect, whether it’s an athlete like Kobe Bryant, or a fictional character like Pikachu.  (After all, almost everyone would prefer a 1st Edition Shadowless version of Charizard compared to reprints that came out only months after.) But why are rookie cards so popular in comparison to … Continue reading Why Are Rookie Cards So Valuable?

The Best Basketball Downtown Insert Cards: RCs & Guide

Despite being unnumbered, Downtown inserts have proven to be one of the more popular NBA releases in recent years.  Featuring some of the best known stars from the past few seasons, sets include a mix of rookie cards and legends, set against a backdrop dedicated to their team and city.  Typically falling at a rate of one per case, Downtown cards aren’t easy to find. … Continue reading The Best Basketball Downtown Insert Cards: RCs & Guide

The Best 1997-98 Platinum Portraits Cards: Guide & Advice

The 1997-98 Fleer Metal Universe Platinum Portraits Basketball subset is one of the most popular from the decade, featuring some of the biggest NBA stars from the era.  Platinum Portrait inserts use a series of holes to form an image of the player on a silver card. We’ve put together a list with 10 of the best 1997-98 Platinum Portraits, including lots of information about … Continue reading The Best 1997-98 Platinum Portraits Cards: Guide & Advice

The Best 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Cards

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball is arguably most famous for the collection of rare Precious Metal Gems (PMG) cards contained within. (The first 10 PMG cards are emerald green and the final 90 cards are ruby red.) With a base set packed full of great inserts and legends like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, we’ve taken the time to put together a list featuring 10 … Continue reading The Best 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Basketball Cards

The Best Kobe Bryant Cards: RCs, Guide, & Advice

Kobe Bryant was one of the best loved players in the history of basketball before his untimely death in 2020.  A shooting guard, he spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was a five-time NBA champion and two-time Finals MVP. Bryant was also an 18-time All-Star, which ranks second behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 19 overall.  A truly special talent and … Continue reading The Best Kobe Bryant Cards: RCs, Guide, & Advice