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Ripped Off At Target- Found Prestige Junk Cards in Cello Packs Of Donruss Optic Basketball

Target Sports Card Scam
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I wanted to share this experience with other sports card collectors so you can be on the look out for the old “Switch and Bait” tactic that is used at Target.

Back in September 2018, I went to my local Target to buy some 2017-18 Donruss Optic Basketball Cello rack packs. When I got back home and started opening up the packs, I was floored and pissed off to see that I had been a victim of the “Switch and Bait” scam.

Inside these packs should have been 17-18 Optic basketball cards but instead there were junk Prestige basketball as well as junk common football cards.

I got back in my truck and drove back to Target. They told me that they do not offer refunds on their sports cards. Well, I started to argue with them and told them that I spent over $60 on these packs and I did not get what I paid for.

I still had some of the packs that I did not open at home because I knew they too would probably be junk commons. And my hunch was right!!

I grabbed one the packs and opened it up right in front of the Target manager. Inside this pack of what should have been 2017-18 DONRUSS OPTIC BASKETBALL were 4 1990 Topps Baseball cards. (If one had been a Frank Thomas NO NAME I would have excepted that). But there wasn’t. LOL!

Anyways, after the lady saw me open this pack, she finally decided to give me a refund. I know this “Switch and Bait” scam has probably been going on for a while but this was the first, and hopefully last, time this has happened to me.

Who is doing this? A crooked Target vendor? A customer who buys these packs at Target then goes home and takes out the good cards and reseals them with junk wax product?

And oh yeah, I made a video of this horrible experience. I was simply making a pack break video of Optic basketball when all of this happened. You can see the video below.

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Will The LeBron James Silver Prizm Craze Continue?

LeBron James 2017-18 Panini Prizm Silver
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Over the past few weeks, LeBron James Prizm basketball silver cards have shot up in price.

Especially the early Prizm from 2012 to 2015. Some of these early Silvers are selling in the hundreds of dollars and graded ones have gone into the thousands of dollars. Lately, even his 2017 Silver has heated up to about $25. And it seems to be spreading to Donruss Optic as well.

I only have 2 of these as you can see in the picture. One is a LeBron James 2017-18 Panini Prizm Silver and the other one is the 2016-17 Optic Silver.

LeBron James 2016-17 Optic Silver has heated up in the past week as well as there are a few $20 sells on eBay.

I actually had this card for sale for $5 here on my website. It set there for months and nobody bought it. Thank god!! Some times you get lucky and sometimes you don’t.

Like the time about 4 years ago I sold a 2009-10 Bowman ‘48 Stephen Curry rookie card here on my website for $15. Yeah, I lost out on that one.

Will the LeBron James Silver craze trend continue? It is amazing.

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Cancelled Order Issue Explained Here

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My Order Says CANCELLED After I Pay With PayPal. Why Does This Happen?

  • Sometimes when you place an order with us through PayPal, the order automatically goes to a “Cancelled Order” state.
  • Please be assured that the order is NOT cancelled and your order WILL go through.
  • For some odd reason this is a bug that comes from PayPal to our WordPress Storefront.
  • I have tried to research this issue online but cannot find a solution.

But please remember, the bottom line is that if you place an order with us using PayPal, your order WILL be processed and completed.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any confusion that this has created.


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Finally Found Some 2017-18 Prizm Basketball At My Local Target Store

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Finally Found Some 2017-18 Prizm Basketball

2017-18 Prizm basketball cards were released in mid December of 2017.

Since the day it was released, I have been to my local Walmart and Target stores so much that the employees probably think I was hired.

I thought searching for this product would not be hard to find because I am in a larger area south of Seattle and we have 2 Walmarts and 2 Targets in our town alone. Not The Case!

I had searched and searched with no luck. I don’t know if there are other collectors that have an inside track on when these stores restock or not, but every time I would go look there were no Prizm at all.

But over New Year’s Eve weekend I finally hit the jackpot at the local Target. I entered the store not expecting anything as usual.

As my eyes scanned all the racing card blasters and other product I have no interest in…I SPOTTED THEM!!!

Hanging on the racks were 14 packs of 2017-18 Prizm Basketball retail cello packs!! I think I may have pulled an arm muscle from reaching up and grabbing these off the racks so fast.

The funny part about this is that I have not even opened the packs yet. I think I will just keep them sealed and hang onto them for a while. These same packs sell for between $15-$20 on eBay. It was nice getting them at the SRP of $10 a pack.

The reason I will not open these? I believe over time these could be a real sought after unopened product because this 2017 NBA Draft class appears to be loaded with talent.

The list of rookie players from this draft that are playing well is impressive.

Players like Dennis Smith, Jr, Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell, Lonzo Ball, Lauri Markkanen, Jordan Bell, Justin Jackson, Josh Hart, Jayson Tatum, John Collins, Jonathan Issac, Josh Jackson, Frank Ntilikina, Malik Monk, OG Anunoby, and DeAaron Fox (He is battling an injury right now).

And the #1 Draft pick, Markelle Fultz, hasn’t even played yet in 2017-18 because of an injury. So yeah, it is safe to say that this Draft class is loaded with potential.

Only time will tell where the 2017 NBA Draft class stacks up to other drafts, but right now it is on the right path for sure.


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eBay Auction Result For Jaylen Brown 2016-17 Optic Silver Holo Rookie Card

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eBay Auction Result For Jaylen Brown 2016-17 Optic Silver Holo Rookie Card

This auction has now ended. Sorry if you missed it.

The 2016-17 Donruss Optic Holo Silver Jaylen Brown rookie card that I had up on my eBay ended up selling for $39. You can see the screenshot below.


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Key Players To Watch In The 2017-18 NBA Season

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Key Players To Watch In The 2017-18 NBA Season


The 2017-18 NBA season starts in just 3 days!

There is so much excitement this year because of all the raw, young talent that has entered the league following the most anticipated 2017 NBA Draft back in June.

In this little article, I will list some of these young potentials stars that you should watch as the season unfolds.

We all know that Markelle Fultz was the #1 pick of the Philadelphia 76ers and Lonzo Ball was the #2 pick of the Los Angeles Lakers.

But let’s talk a little bit about the other young players that were taken in the 2017 Draft as well.

The #3 pick went to the Boston Celtics and they picked Jayson Tatum out of Duke. Keep an eye on this young stud. He could even surpass Ball and Fultz in the years to come.

Below are other players to keep your eyes on during the 2017-18 NBA season.

De’Aaron Fox. The Sacramento Kings had the #5 pick and they took Fox out of Kentucky. It will be fun watching De’Aaron Fox and Lonzo Ball match up against each other for years to come as both play in the same division.

Below is the list of potential NBA star players that I will be watching closely in the 2017-18 NBA season.

Josh Jackson-Phoenix Suns.

Dennis Smith, Jr.-Dallas Mavericks.

Kyle Kuzma-Los Angeles Lakers. This kid has already impressed in the preseason for the Lakers.

Malik Monk-Charlotte Hornets.

Justin Jackson-Sacramento Kings.

Frank Mason-Sacramento Kings.

Zach Collins-Portland Trail Blazers.

Jonathan Isaac-Orlando Magic.

Which players will you be watching with an eagle eye in 17-18? Add them in the comments below if you’d like to.

As a footnote, I would also like to add a few other players that are entering their 2nd or third year in the league that I also will be watching like a hawk this season. You can see them below.


Ben Simmons-Philadelphia 76ers. Okay, this one is pretty obvious because we all want to know just how good Ben Simmons will be.

The #1 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft was robbed of his rookie season because of an injury. Hopefully he can stay healthy all season and showcase his talent. Ben Simmons has been really good in the preseason as he scored 19 points the other night.

Brandon Ingram-Los Angeles Lakers. Ingram is entering his second NBA season in 2017-18 and Lakers’ fans are expecting a major improvement from this young guy.

And it just may happen for Ingram because he now has a future NBA star in Lonzo Ball to set him up at the rim for some easy baskets.

Joel Embiid-Philadelphia 76ers. Will this be the year that Joel Embiid can finally stay healthy and play a full season? Sixers fans sure hope so.

Jaylen Brown-Boston Celtics. Brown is another possible rising star for the Celtics as he enters his second year.

Thon Maker-Milwaukee Bucks.

Jamal Murray-Denver Nuggets.

Tyler Ulis-Phoenix Suns.

Buddy Hield-Sacramento Kings. Buddy Hield came over to Sacramento as part of the DeMarcus Cousins trade to the New Orleans Pelicans. Hield shown flashes of being a solid NBA player in 16-17.

Brice Johnson-Los Angeles Clippers.

Skal Labissière-Sacramento Kings.

Dejounte Murray-San Antonio Spurs.

Kris Dunn-Chicago Bulls.

It will be fun to look back at this post in a few years to see which players have gone on to be stars as well as players that have faded out.

One thing for sure, there is a lot of solid, young talent in the NBA as we enter the 2017-18 season and that’s a good thing!






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Anybody Else Addicted To 2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball Cards?

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The 2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball Card Addiction

Are there anymore collectors out there that are addicted to the relatively new 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards?

Have you had your fill and now have moved on to the next new product?

Not me! For some reason these cards have totally captured me and my wallet. I keep going to all the Walmarts and Targets in my area and grabbing blasters and retail hangers of this product. Please help me…I can’t stop!

Continue reading Anybody Else Addicted To 2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball Cards?

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Boston Celtics Get The #1 Pick Of The 2017 NBA Draft. Are You Kidding Me?

Lonzo Ball To The Celtics or Lakers
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2017 NBA Draft Lottery Results

I just watched the 2017 NBA Lottery Draft on ESPN.

The Boston Celtics got the #1 Pick!

I was shocked because I did not know the Boston Celtics were even in the Lottery. I mean, come on!

The Celtics are getting ready to start playing in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. How could they be in the Lottery?

Well, I now know that they got the pick in a trade from Brooklyn. Poor Brooklyn.LOL!

Who will the Celtics take with the #1 pick? Will it be UCLA’s Lonzo Ball and his loud-mouth dad Or will it be Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington?

It is an interesting dilemna for the Celtics because their superstar point guard Isaiah Thomas also went to college at the University of Washington. Maybe he will tell Danny Ainge to go get Fultz.

What would you do if you were the Celtics? Lonzo Ball looks like he will be great at the next level but MAN, his dad is such a headache.

What Lonzo needs to do is tell his dad to shut up and let him start his NBA career. I have never seen a parent mooch of his kid more than Lavar Ball.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers get the #2 pick and the Philadelphia 76ers get the #3 pick. The Sacramento Kings get the #5 and the #10 picks, thanks to the DeMarcus Cousins trade earlier this year.


Lonzo Ball or Markelle Fultz? Who do the Boston Celtics take with the 2017 #1 draft pick?

Below is the complete results of the 2017 NBA Lottery Draft.

  •  Boston Celtics (1)
  •  Los Angeles Lakers(2)
  •  Philadelphia 76ers(3)
  •  Phoenix Suns(4)
  •  Sacramento Kings(5)
  •  Orlando Magic(6)
  •  Minnesota Timberwolves(7)
  •  New York Knicks(8)
  •  Dallas Mavericks(9)
  •  Sacramento Kings(10)
  •  Charlotte Hornets(11)
  •  Detroit Pistons(12)
  •  Denver Nuggets(13)
  •  Miami Heat(14)

The 2017 NBA Draft will be held in a month from now on June 22, 2017 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.




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I Bought These Three Andrew Benintendi 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie Cards

Andrew Benintendi 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor Rookie Card
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I know this website is mainly about basketball cards, but I also sell and collect a few baseball and football cards here at the site.

It is always fun to post here in the blog about a few cards I pick up from time to time.

With the 2017 baseball season only a few weeks away, I figured I would pick up a few baseball cards off of eBay.

They are pictured above and below this post.

They are 2 different auctions that feature 3 Andrew Benintendi 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Refractor rookie cards. It is card #182.

The first auction had 2 of these Benintendi Chrome Refractors and the second auction had one.

I paid $25 for the two cards and $15 for the one.

I may have overpaid a bit, but Andrew Benintendi is the #1 MLB prospect going into the 2017 baseball season.

It will be very interesting to look back at this post in a few years to see if this was a wise decision on my part.

If Benintendi has a solid year in his first full MLB season and his Boston Red Sox make a deep playoff run, these cards could possibly move up in price, which I am obviously hoping for.

He did show some promise when he was called up to the big leagues in late 2016. He made his Major League debut in Seattle against the Mariners at Safeco Field on August 2, 2016.

He played in 34 games for the Red Sox and batted a solid .295 with 11 doubles.

On the other hand, Benintendi could completely flop in 2017 as the Big-League pitchers learn his weaknesses and expose him at the plate.

If that happens, then my decision on getting these 3 cards could blow up in my face. Please…god..NO! LOL!

Prospecting is both a fun AND dangerous game sometimes. Only time will tell.



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This Kings Fan Is Glad DeMarcus Cousins Is Gone From Sacramento

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I Am Happy With The DeMarcus Cousins Trade To New Orleans


On Sunday night after the All-Star game, Sacramento Kings‘ DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans and some future draft picks.

Almost immediately, the national media began torching the Kings for the trade and it has not stopped yet here on Tuesday morning.

I am watching Skip and Shannon on FOX1’s Undisputed right now and they are still torching the Kings for basically giving away DeMarcus Cousins.

It pains me to see my Kings getting laughed at nationwide. I was born in Sacramento and have been a Kings’ fan ever since they moved to Sacramento from Kansas City back in 1985.

I will never forget it. I was a teenager back in 1985 when businessman Greg Lukenbill brought the Kings to Sac-Town. Like the team of today, That first Kings team back in 1985 was god-awful.

But you know what? We Sacramentans didn’t care because they were OUR team! They had players like Terry Tyler, LaSalle Thompson, Larry Drew, Reggie Theus, Mike Woodson and Otis Thorpe.

Then, in 1998, the good times started to roll for us Sacramento fans. We put together a great group of players. We had Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Vlade Divac, Peja Stojokovic and a young, flashy point-guard named Jason Williams.

Now we fast-forward to today’s team. The Kings are horrible again. I will agree with the national media when they say that this Kings’ management has been a joke and a laughing-stalk for the way they have handled their draft picks.

CASE IN POINT: See Isaiah Thomas.

But after saying all of this, I am glad they have shipped DeMarcus Cousins out of town. It was time to move on. Yeah I know they could have maybe gotten more in return for Cousins but now they can start fresh again.

Yesterday I was listening to Kings’ announcer Grant Napier’s radio show on KHTK 1140 and he had some great points. Grant said he was glad Cousins is gone and now the Kings have their franchise back.

Grant also said he will be glad to call a game where he won’t have to see DeMarcus Cousins whine about every bad call he gets from the referees.

Look, as a Kings’ fan, I loved DeMarcus Cousins as a player. He has done a lot of great things for our Sacramento community. He will be missed in that aspect.

The only thing that bothered me and other Kings; fans about Boogie is the fact that he was a hot-head and could not control his anger on the court.

He has been in the NBA for 7 years now and still goes off on referees and is leading the league in technical fouls this season.

Now Cousins begins his time in New Orleans for the Pelicans. I hope the best for him, I really do. He will team up with Anthony Davis now and they will be hard to stop in the paint.

And you know what? If the New Orleans Pelicans go on and become a major force in the NBA, I will still agree with Vlade Divac’s decision to get DeMarcus Cousins out of town.

So let Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Shannon Sharpe and old-man Skip Bayless laugh at us, I don’t care.

To repeat what Grant Napier said on his Twitter account, “The Kings now have their franchise back!”.

It was time for DeMarcus Cousins to get out of Sacramento.
















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