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Do You Collect 2nd Year Basketball Cards? I Do And Here Is What I Got!

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Do You Collect 2nd Year Basketball Cards?

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Hello fellow basketball trading card collectors.

I have a sports cards addiction right now. I am addicted to buying 2nd year basketball cards off eBay.

Now don’t get me wrong. I do have some real nice rookie cards as well. For example, I have a Jayson Tatum 2017-18 Panini Prizm Silver rookie card as well as a Prizm Green and a couple Red White and Blue  from that 2017 Prizm set.

Here they are on my Youtube channel below.

Obviously rookie cards are the best to collect, but let’s get back to talking about 2nd year basketball cards for the purpose of this post.

Back in the spring and summer of 2020, I began to buy a ton of 2nd year basketball cards. BUT! I only bought parallels of these players 2nd year, NO BASE CARD or “BASS” cards!

Only Silvers, Greens, Orange Ice, etc.

I say “BASS ” cards because that is a running joke over on the Blowout Cards forum. A member there posted BASS instead of BASE in the title of one of their threads. So it stuck!! LOL!!

The ONLY base 2nd year basketball cards I bought were the Luka Doncic 2019-20 Panini Prizm. I purchased a total of 19 of them in the Summer.

I paid $6 to $11. You can see the screenshots below.

I also purchased 4 Luka Doncic 2019-20 Donruss Optic Holo Silvers. I believe this card is way undervalued and could see a real nice spike in the next few years.

You can take a quick view of this card by clicking here.

Like most collectors, I got in late on the Luka Doncic rookie card explosion. So I am settling for his cheaper 2nd year parallels.




The main 2nd year basketball cards I was focusing on purchasing last Spring and Summer were Luka,  Lauri Markkanen, John Collins, Marvin Bagley and Donovan Mitchell.

As mentioned earlier in this post, all the 2nd year cards I bought above were parallels, not BASE!

In the coming weeks I will shoot and download a video to my Youtube channel showing all of my 2nd year cards I have got.

So please come back and check this post.

What Am I Buying Now?

The 2nd year card that I am focusing on right now is the Jaren Jackson, Jr 2019-20 Panini Prizm Silver. I just started honing in on this card in the past few weeks.

As of this post, I have 4 Silvers, 1 Green and 1 Orange Ice

One of the Jaren Jackson, Jr 2nd year Prizm Silver that I bought is graded PSA GEM MINT 10.

You can see a video I shot of this beautiful GEM card below.

So, WHY am I buying these ? Well, I believe Jackson, Jr will be a solid NBA player and he is coming back to the Memphis Grizzlies very soon after being out with an injury.

I also believe that Jackson and his teammate Ja Morant will be a solid duo.

In closing I will just say that rookie cards are always the way to go. But if you are on a tight budget you can turn to the player’s 2nd year cards.

Just be sure you focus your buying on Parallels, not base. The parallel basketball cards will hold more value down the road.

If you got this far, thanks for reading. Leave a comment below and let us know what sports cards you have purchased recently.


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

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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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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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