Board Buzz: NBA trade deadline


The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: It seems like the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded everybody but LeBron — and it has the boards buzzing with the NBA trade deadline here.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 27)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Looking at the Lakers’ top rookies and big pulls from all those holiday box breaks out there.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Kobe Eminence basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Panini Kobe Eminence basketball cards
Arrives: Jan. 12
Box basics: Eight autographs and one gold or platinum card along with a signed hardcover book per box
Order: Click here for info

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini is taking its biggest NBA star to ultra-high-end territory with a box of basketball cards dedicated solely to Kobe Bryant.

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Kobe Bryant autographs coming to Panini Eternal on Friday


The ink is now Eternal.

Panini America teased a pretty notable arrival to come on Friday as Kobe Bryant autographs will be made available on the Panini Eternal platform of high-end cards.

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Panini joins forces with 2K Sports for latest Kobe Bryant tribute set


Panini America has a new Kobe Bryant tribute set that can be found in packs of 2016-17 NBA Hoops but can only be completed in “packs” of NBA 2k17 from 2K Sports.

Hoops arrives tomorrow, while the video game is out now.

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Panini Eternal launches 20-week Kobe Bryant tribute


It’s a Panini Eternal tribute.

Panini America’s high-end real-time cardboard program has added a twist today with the start of a 20-week 2016-17 Panini Eternal Kobe Bryant tribute set.

“Each card will honor one season from Bryant’s decorated two-decade career and many will feature game-worn material, precious gems or autographs,” read a statement from the company. A new card will launch every Friday.

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant gets latest Panini Eternal spotlight


The Black Mamba gets the nod.

Panini America‘s fourth offering in its high-end real-time cardboard program and the 2016-17 Panini Eternal set was released on Wednesday night with a shooting shirt of former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant being the showcase piece.

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Court number from Kobe Bryant’s final game scorches at auction


Update: It sold for $179,100 on May 16.

Kobe Bryant‘s final game sparked a few fireworks with his 60 points at the Staples Center, but the show is not over.

The No. 8 added to the floor just for that game, which Bryant signed afterward, is heating things up on the auction block.

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Auction Gallery: Championship rings are the thing in current SCP sale

0893BSpring2016_lgThe current SCP Auctions sale includes items from the personal collections of Baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale and collections of memorabilia that include plenty of other big names, but it’s a selection of championship rings here that’s highlight-worthy.

Below is a gallery of 18 rings up for sale now and ending on April 23. Click below to enter the gallery, get a closer look, see who’s owned them and what the bidding sits at now.

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Kobe Bryant’s last game creates newest Kobe memorabilia

Kobe-Bryant-final-game-bookFans who attended Kobe Bryant‘s final game Wednesday night in Los Angeles received a 32-page KB20 book/program, which is now his newest piece of memorabilia lighting up eBay.

It’s not 60-point finale hot, but it’s not bad.

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Kobe Bryant’s final game coincides with Panini America tribute set

kobe_imageAs the Black Mamba prepares for his final game, Panini America is offering a timely tribute.

The “Zircus” — a zoo and a circus — happens on Wednesday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as Kobe Bryant plays his final NBA game, and that’s the same day that a “HeroVillain” boxed set will begin shipping.

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Kim Kardashian West cleans out closet for eBay for Charity auctions including Kobe shoes & Lakers gear


Kim Kardashian West has cleaned out one of her closets for a series of eBay for Charity auctions and among the items you can own are her barely used Kobe Bryant sneakers, handbags, gowns, sunglasses, snow goggles, heels and other items.

There’s even some Los Angeles Lakers gear.

Just 10 percent of the sale for the more than 200 items on eBay on her “kimsaprincess” account benefits The Vous, a young adult-focused faith organization based in Miami.

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eBay Buzz: This perfect Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Chrome rookie Refractor is how much?

KobeBGSblackWhen Topps Chrome arrived in basketball, it was a bit simpler time than it is today — so much so that the brand was a retail-only release because the idea of merely Chroming a set perhaps wasn’t a sure thing.

Plenty of time has passed since 1996 and in that time so has the career of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant who was a rookie back in 1996-97 Topps Chrome.

The best card in that landmark product is arguably Bryant’s Refractor version of his Rookie Card and this copy is the best of the best of the thousands that were pulled and saved since then.

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George Mikan Rookie Card sets record, while four other items top $100,000 mark in SCP Auctions sale

PSA10GeorgeMikanA perfect copy of a basketball legend’s Rookie Card reached legendary status on Saturday night in a sale via SCP Auctions.

The card is a PSA 10 1948 Bowman George Mikan Rookie Card, which is the only perfect copy in existence. It set what is believed to be a new record for a single basketball card with its sale.

The price?

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Kobe Bryant retirement letters fetch big bucks — and are also reprinted

KobeLetterBuzz knew these would be a big deal — but not this big.

The night Kobe Bryant confirmed that this season will be his last, all 18,997 fans in attendance at that night’s Los Angeles Lakers game received a sealed envelope with a copy of his farewell letter printed with a facsimile autograph.

It turns out there are a few more people out there that want them.

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Sure, this will be Kobe Bryant’s final season — but he’s far from done appearing on basketball cards

KobeHornetsAfter a rough start to his 20th season in the NBA, a 37-year-old Kobe Bryant confirmed in a Players Tribune essay published Sunday night that this year will be his last.

It’s probably not a surprise to most NBA fans given his injuries in recent years, but an end to a career doesn’t mean an end to cardboard, either. In fact, we’re probably just getting started with this Panini America spokesman.

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Did you know … Chevy Chase has never signed for a card company? But that’s about to change (updated)


Update (Nov. 10): Leaf Trading Cards’ Brian Gray said he recently completed a signing with Chase and his first autograph cards will be found in packs of 2016 Leaf Pop Century.

He’s a comedy icon with memorable roles as Clark Griswold in the National Lampoon Vacation films, Ty Webb in Caddyshack, Irwin Fletcher in Fletch, Dusty Bottoms in Three Amigos and so much more.

But there’s one place you haven’t seen Chevy Chase and that’s on a certified (non-cut) autograph card.

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eBay Buzz: These early Kobe Bryant autographs are how much?

KobeBryantBGS10sWith what might be Kobe Bryant‘s final season in the NBA — a record 20th campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers that started last night — it’s inevitable that some collectors will be looking to land an autograph of the guy who’s already among the league’s greats.

But what about a perfect BGS 10 copy of Bryant’s first autographs — cards signed all the way back in 1996 for Score Board when he was just a traded draft pick of the Charlotte Hornets on his way to Los Angeles in exchange for the esteemed Vlade Divac?

Well, based on this eBay auction for a pair of perfect BGS 10 copies, you might need a Vlade-esque kind of salary to land them.

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