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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
1989-90 Fleer Basketball Boxes Have Skyrocketed In Price.
Oh yeah!! Good old 1989-90 Fleer basketball cards. Seems like only yesterday that I was a 20-year-old kid when this product hit the marker back in 1989.
It was in that year of ’89 that the 1986-87 Fleer basketball card set took off in price. In late 1988 you could have gotten a Michael Jordan Fleer rookie card for about $5. If only I would have known then what I know now I would be a rich man.
With the sudden success of that 86 set, collectors, including myself, were really excited when the 89-90 product came out. I can still remember going to a baseball card shop in my hometown of Sacramento, California and buying tons of packs for 50 cents each.
The hot rookies we were trying to find in those packs back then were players like Kevin Johnson, Reggie Lewis, Hersey Hawkins and Mitch Richmond to name a few.
Of course, when we would pull a 1989-90 Fleer Michael Jordan 3rd year card out of the pack, we were really excited.
Over the years ,after this product came out, collectors started to realize that the 89-90 Fleer set would never live up to its 86-87 premiere issue because Fleer let the presses run and more product was produced. And of course, we know that the 86 set carries the Jordan rookie which obviously helps.
As the years continued to roll by, box prices of this product seemed to settle at around $45 to $50. Until recently!
eBay Prices For Unopened Boxes Have Taken Off
I hadn’t even looked at prices on eBay for years until recently when a collector posted a thread on the Blowoutcards forum. He mentioned that the prices of 1989-90 Fleer boxes have caught fire and have skyrocketed in price.
So I went over to eBay and checked it out for myself and I could not believe it! An opened box sold yesterday for $235!! See the screenshot below.
What has driven this product up in my opinion is graded cards. Back in 1989 this Fleer set was noted for having some of the worse cut cards ever produced.
It seemed like every card you pulled out of a pack was off centered and cut wrong. This has driven collectors to look for the most centered cards that they can find and send them into PSA or BGS to get graded. Some of the high grades of 89-90 Fleer have brought in some hefty prices on eBay.
A graded PSA GEM MINT 10 1989-90 Fleer Michael Jordan just sold for $600. The stickers that were inserted into this set have sold for even more as a Michael Jordan PSA GEM MINT 10 just sold for $3,449.99 in late May 2016.
I have a ton of these cards and they have been sitting in boxes for years and years. I guess it is time for me start sorting through them again. Should be fun as it will return me to my youth back in 1989.
1991-92 Fleer Michael Jordan Cards Selling Well On eBay Too.
6/21/16-The 1991-92 Fleer Michael Jordan card has caught fire on eBay. This card is not selling for a ton of money by itself, but if it is sold in lots it is bringing in some surprisingly high prices.
I just sold some of these Jordan cards myself. I placed a 7-day auction a little over a week ago for a LOT of 12 1991-92 Fleer Michael Jordan cards.
I started the auction at $0.99. It stayed that way for a few days. I then started to get a few bids. It went up to $2.00 by the third day. Then the weekend hit and the bid was up to $18.89.
Okay, so I am figuring since there is only one day left of the auction, it might end at around the $30 range. As Monday approached and there were just minutes left of the auction, I was just itching to see what these cards would end up at in price.
Finally, at 10 AM the auction ended. I went to my eBay page and was astonished when I saw that the auction had a final sale price of $96!!
I was in shock. It seems like basketball card collectors are really zoning in on pretty much all of Michael Jordan’s early Fleer cards. Not just the coveted 86-87 rookie, but even his 6th year Fleer card like the 91-92 issue.
The 91-92 Fleer Jordan card really has a nice color appeal to it. The red and blue colors really stand out. The action shot of Michael is spectacular as well as it shows him gobbling up a rebound.
I pulled all 12 of these cards from packs back in the 1991-92 basketball season. They have been in card savers and sitting in a box for nearly 25 years.
In a way, it was kind of sad to see them go, but you know what? I still have 17 more of these Jordan cards. 🙂
Below is the actual photo that I took for the auction.
Michael Jordan 1990-91 Fleer 14 Card Lot
7-9-16-Here is another auction that I have up on eBay right now. It is a Michael Jordan 1990-91 Fleer 14 card lot.
As of right now, there are 6 bids and it is at $6.50. All of these Jordan cards are in great condition with sharp corners.
If you would like to see the auction, please click here.
Below is a screenshot of the auction. Click on image to enlarge.
Michael Jordan 1991-92 Fleer Pro-Vision 8 Card Lot
This other eBay auction that I have up now is an 8 card lot of Michael Jordan 1991-92 Fleer Pro-Vision cards.
These cards have become popular with collectors as they are buying them and sending them in to be graded.
I started this auction at $0.99 and it now has 3 bids and is currently at $2.85. The listing closes on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
If you would like to have a look at this auction, please click here.
Screen shot below of this auction. Click on image to enlarge.
9 Card Lot Of 1991-92 Fleer Michael Jordan Cards
Finally, my last auction that will also end on Tuesday.
It is a 9 card lot of Michael Jordan 1991-92 Fleer cards. I started this listing at $0.99 as well.
It has one bid and stands at $0.99 with 2 days left.