When he arrived in the NBA back in 2003, he already was known as “The Chosen One” and just a couple years later people were pondering whether he was the best ever.
Then, he took his talents to South Beach, won a couple of NBA titles and then returned to where it all started for him and won a championship in Cleveland where there hadn’t been successes like that since the 1960s for any sport. His cardboard? It’s been among the royalty of the NBA since Day 1 — this isn’t about that.
But tonight in San Antonio LeBron James will likely make a different kind of NBA history but is just as significant (if not more so) from a historical perspective.
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The box: 2016-17 Panini Studio NBA cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com
Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 49 of 300 (16 percent)
Notable players on base cards – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James (two types), Julius Erving, Stephen Curry, John Havlicek (two types), Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Brook Lopez
Rookie Cards (14) – Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Marquese Chriss (two types, Denzel Valentine, Buddy Hield, Dragan Bender, Brandon Ingram, Taurean Prince, Patrick McCaw, Isaiah Whitehead, Juan Hernangomez, Henry Ellenson, DeAndre’ Bembry
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A priceless stash of autographed items and game-used shoes from the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team is hitting the auction block via Heritage Auctions, giving deep-pocketed collectors a shot at owning items from the one team that arguably revolutionized basketball on a global scale.
More than 20 lots are up for grabs — all from the collection of Dr. David A. Fischer, who was the physician for the gold-winning squad, which is packed with legends.
“It’s arguably the most significant offering of Dream Team game-used gear ever to surface in the collectible marketplace,” said Chris Ivy, director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “Due to the brief existence of the team, and the enormous fame and wealth of its members, very little Dream Team material has become available.
“This is a rare opportunity to acquire such significant material from the Dream Team,” he said. “Like the team itself, there will never be another auction like this again.”