Consoles Gaming

Everything We Know About the PlayStation 5 So Far

PlayStation 5

It’s been seven whole years since the PlayStation 4 was released in November of 2013. Considering the PlayStation 3 came out in November of 2006, if history is any indicator, then now is the perfect time for the PlayStation 5 debut. Now you may be wondering how exactly you’ll be able to get your hands on the highly anticipated PS5 today if you haven’t already pre-ordered. Here’s what we know about the PlayStation 5 at the moment including the price, what games you’ll be able to play, and more.

Release Date

To start, lets rewind back to September. PlayStation took a huge leap forward with its price reveal on September 16th. At that reveal, Sony announced that the release date for select countries would be on November 12th (which is today) and that the rest of the world would be receiving their consoles on November 19th. This release is just in time for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (which comes out tomorrow), as fans had previously been concerned that the console wouldn’t be released in time for the game.


That reveal also included a confirmed price of $499 for the standard edition and $399 for the digital version. Sony also confirmed some of the speculations for the initial round of games hitting the PS5 immediately. In addition to Call of DutyDevil May Cry 5: Special Edition is set to release today as well, and Spider-Man: Miles Morales will come out on November 19th. More games will follow soon after for the holiday season. Additionally, Sony also launched an official preorder at select stores such as Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. If you weren’t able to successfully pre-order your console, then you may be able to purchase the PS5 through a third party website such as Stockx. Unfortunately, this may mean paying double the price. The price, however, may be worth it if you don’t want to wait a long time to get your PS5.

As usual, the PS5 will be accompanied by its normal Dualsense controller, a special PS5 HD camera, and a 3D headset. The DualSense controller will run for about $70, and the HD camera will also be priced at $60.

Based off of the headsets on the PlayStation website, combined with the fact that it will be a brand new item accompanied by a brand new console, we estimate that the Pulse Headset will cost users roughly $100. If you choose to buy everything, you could be looking at spending roughly $600 to $700 dollars. A pretty penny, but definitely worth the money.

PlayStation 5 Accessories

In the typical 2020 fashion, the PS5 production was certainly an eventful process. When the unexpected Coronavirus Pandemic occurred in March 2020, there were concerns that the release date could be delayed.

At the time, Sony said they had no plans to delay, but noted that the operations in China could be impacted. Furthermore, the production plants in Malaysia were shut down, and the supply of materials became scarce around that time.

Despite those obstacles, the production on the console kept going anyway. Along the lines of delays, there was also an official PS5 event that was scheduled to take place on June 5th, but the event was postponed due to protests highlighting racial injustice that were occurring worldwide at the time. That event ended up taking place a week later on June 11th. Again, while there wasn’t a whole lot of information given out, Sony did give a console breakdown at the hour-long showcase.

The showcase also included a glimpse of the games that will be available on the new system. Some of the games included were Spider-Man and Gran Turismo. This “slight” reveal was well received.

Earlier in this article, we mentioned that there would be both a digital and standard model of the PS5. If you were wondering which one to get, we’re here to help you out by weighing the pros and cons. Let’s first start with the basics. The specs on each version will be absolutely the same. You will get those amazing graphics that Sony is known for on both versions, and the SSD will also be the same. Now as far as the differences go, there are a couple of things to note.

First off, the standard PS5 comes with a disc drive, while the digital does not. This comes down to a matter of personal preference. As technology has evolved, we have seen more and more people go down the route of buying games digitally. However, some people still prefer the feeling of going into a store like GameStop and buying a hardcopy. This is especially true during the holidays when people prefer to give their gamer family members/friends the actual game as opposed to a card. It makes it more “personal”—especially for kids.

Since the digital version won’t come with the disc insert, all games will have to be purchased via the online store. While it will be about $100 cheaper, our recommendation is that you buy the standard edition (if you haven’t already made your choice) if you or your family will want that feeling of “having the game in your hands.” Choose wisely though, because once you make your decision it will be final (unless of course, you want to shell out another several hundred dollars).

Another difference between the two would be the overall design. The standard version will be slightly bigger in frame due to the disc drive. Because the digital won’t have the disc drive, it will be slimmer. The visual difference between the two isn’t much though, if you blink, you could miss it. The last difference between both is once again the price of each one.


On August 26th, Sony opened up their first registration to “possibly” receive an invite for the first rounds of pre-orders. The keyword was possibly. There was always a chance of not being able to get the PS5 even if you were ‘first in line.’

Sony also had random drawings out of a select amount of names entered in the pre-order database(more than likely on a first come first serve basis). Sony’s reasons for this “invite” was due to the fact that they anticipated not having a lot of room for pre-orders during a busy holiday season. Also according to Sony, a determining factor was a user’s “dedication” to PlayStation over the years. That meant the more active the user was, the better chance they had. Still, though, seniority didn’t guarantee you a spot. Those random registration events continued to happen in the weeks leading up to the release. 

So now you may be wondering if you can still order the PS5 (they are not selling the console in stores due to the Coronavirus Pandemic). At the moment, we know for sure that Best Buy, GameStop, Walmart, Target, and Amazon are still carrying the consoles for online orders. It may take a while, but as mentioned earlier in this article, you could potentially go by way of a third-party seller if you are willing to pay the extra money.

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So what happens after you get the PS5? What games are available for it immediately? While it is rumored that there will be a large number of games available, here’s what we have confirmed so far.

Horizon II: Forbidden West, Grand Theft Auto 5, Doom Eternal, Resident Evil Village, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gran Turismo 7, The Elder Scrolls Online, Project Athia, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, Madden NFL, and NBA 2K21 will all launch with the PlayStation 5. However, if you were hoping for Deathloop to be available for the November release, unfortunately, you will have to wait as Deathloop is being delayed until Spring 2021.

Another win for PlayStation fans is the announcement of backwards compatibility. Earlier this year, Sony confirmed that users would be able to transfer downloaded games from the PS4 to the PS5. PS4 Disc games will also be compatible with the PS5 system. However, if you are planning on buying the digital version of the PS5, obviously the PS4 disc games won’t work because it doesn’t come with a disc insert. That will definitely be something to keep in mind if you have valuable disc games that you want to keep playing on the PS5. The extra $100 might be worth it if it will cost more to repurchase those games. Again it’s up to you to weigh the pros and the cons.

Backwards compatibility hasn’t always been the PlayStation’s strong point, so this advancement is welcoming to users. While the official confirmation only states the PS4 as eligible for backwards compatibility, according to LAD Bible, PlayStation recently filed a patent that hints at users being able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games through an emulation, which would be groundbreaking. As of right now, though, there is no official confirmation on backwards compatibility with earlier consoles.

So what other cool things does the PS5 have in store for us? Well, for starters, PlayStation has been known to sporadically hire “testers” to play various PlayStation 5 games. Yet another example debunking our parents’ threats of “never being able to make money staying on the game all day.” If you think applications for these testing spots are top secret, think again. These applications are randomly posted on job listing sites such as Indeed. The only catch is that you will have to be bilingual and speak Russian, Arabic, or Brazilian. If you are fluent in any of these languages, plus English, these testing spots could be perfect for you if you are an experienced gamer.

Another cool feature will be the expansion of games in the PlayStation store. The PlayStation 5 is rumored to include more Indie games from smaller studios. It’s still unclear just how much progress has been made with this expansion, so if Indie games are extremely important to you, again, the standard version may be worth the investment (again if you haven’t already purchased). Also, storage space will be larger, and in the future, we may even see more reasonable prices for certain games. 

In addition to those features, the Pulse headset that we mentioned earlier are supposed to be the best ones yet. The headphones will offer 3D audio and noise-canceling microphones. These headphones will be wireless (which anything else would be unusual for the year 2020) and are supposed to make gamers feel like they are experiencing the game in real-time.

There is still plenty that remains to be seen about the PS5, but we hope that we have covered all of your questions about the console so far. However, we encourage you to consider all of the options when deciding which model to choose (and learn as much as you can about your model if you have already purchased). If having a physical disc has always been important to you or your household, then the standard version may be best. Also, if the PS5 does end up including those PS1, PS2, and PS3 games through an emulation at some point, then there’s a possibility that the disc version may end up being compatible with the disc games of those previous models. So the extra money may be worth it down the line if you still have the hard copies of those games, as certain ones may or may not be available via the Playstore if that emulation does end up happening.

One thing’s for sure, today is an exciting day for everybody in gaming. The console will serve as the perfect present heading into the holidays, and will provide us with plenty of entertainment as we continue to stay inside. We hope you enjoy whatever model you choose, and we all look forward to playing the PS5 this November.

Sports Strength

The 30 Best NFL Players of All-Time

The NFL has produced some of the best athletes in professional sports. Some of the best talents have come through and made their mark on the league. There are great quarterbacks on this list, but the top players span all positions including some of the top pass rushers, wide receivers and running backs as well.

The top players all made huge impacts in revolutionizing the game, producing on the field and winning games at a high clip. From Jerry Rice to Walter Payton, here’s a look at the 30 best NFL players of all-time.

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1. Jerry Rice

If you put Rice’s numbers up against any other wide receiver in the NFL, it’s a straight-up massacre. He has a nearly 6,000-yard advantage in total receiving yards over the next receiver on the list and a lead of 41 in total touchdowns caught in NFL history. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Rice was the key target for Joe Montana and later on Steve Young in the San Francisco 49ers dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s.

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2. Tom Brady

Even as a New York Jets fan, I have to give Brady props begrudgingly. A six-time Super Bowl winner and a four-time Super Bowl MVP, Brady was the crown jewel of a nearly two-decade dynasty with the New England Patriots. He’s a heady quarterback with 14 Pro Bowl appearances and the most wins by a quarterback (219). Brady’s in a new situation after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this NFL offseason, so the question must be asked: At 43, can he take the Bucs to the promised land?

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3. Jim Brown

The only fullback on this list, Jim Brown helped power the Cleveland Browns to an NFL championship in 1964. Brown rushed for at least 1,000 yards in seven of his nine seasons. He also was the MVP on three different occasions. After all of these years, Brown’s still the all-time rushing leader for the Browns franchise.

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4. Lawrence Taylor

A hard-hitting linebacker, Lawrence Taylor might be the most feared defensive player in NFL history. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991, Taylor was the rare defensive player to win NFL MVP in 1986. That season he accumulated 20 ½ sacks.

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5. Peyton Manning

There might not be another signature calling card that stands out more than Peyton Manning calling “Omaha” as an audible play. A two-time Super Bowl champion with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos, Manning’s accuracy as a supreme quarterback thrower was unmatched. The 6’5” quarterback racked up individual awards as well, taking home five MVP trophies and being named to the NFL All-Pro First team on seven different occasions. Manning has the most seasons (14) with at least 4,000 passing yards in NFL history.

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6. Reggie White

I think every quarterback had nightmares the night before a matchup with Reggie White. A Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, White made 13 Pro Bowls. When he retired, White was the all-time sacks leader with 198. A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, White led the NFL in sacks in two different seasons.

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7. Joe Montana

A four-time Super Bowl champ and a three-time winner of the big game’s MVP award, “Joe Cool” was an NFL regular season MVP twice and made the Pro Bowl eight times. Montana had several clutch moments late in games and is a factor in some of the best moments in NFL history. Montana’s late touchdown pass to Dwight Clark in the 1982 NFC Championship game is simply known as “The Catch.” I just got some shivers down my spine writing about this.

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8. Walter Payton

If your name gets slapped on an award forever, you must be doing something right. If it’s on two awards, now we’re reaching unprecedented levels. Given the nickname “Sweetness,” Walter Payton was a dominant running back. He registered at least 1,200 rushing yards in a 10 out of 11 season stretch. The 1977 NFL MVP, Payton won a Super Bowl in 1985 with the Bears and qualified for nine Pro Bowls.

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9. Ray Lewis

The Super Bowl MVP in 2000, Ray Lewis handled the middle for the Baltimore Ravens for 17 years. A late first-round pick by Baltimore, Lewis excelled and became a franchise player. He helped elevate the Ravens to a contender on numerous occasions despite not having the traditional elite quarterback that so many title worthy teams carry. Lewis made the Pro Bowl 13 times and won two Super Bowls with the Ravens. He piled up the hits, racking up 2,061 tackles in his career.

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10. Dick Butkus

A physically imposing middle linebacker, Dick Butkus anchored the Chicago Bears defense for nine seasons. Butkus was a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, eight-time Pro Bowler and an agitator on defense that struck fear in the hearts of his opponents. A master intimidator and disruptor on the field, when Butkus retired from the NFL, he had the most fumbles recovered in league history (25).

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11. Johnny Unitas

Johnny Unitas was a true Cinderella story in the NFL. He was a ninth round selection and cut in his first training camp by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Unitas joined the Baltimore Colts and after an injury by starter George Shaw, he took over and the rest is history. A three-time champ with the Colts, Unitas was a three-time regular season MVP and a 10-time Pro Bowler. He threw at least 20 touchdowns in eight different seasons.

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12. Joe Greene

Given the nickname “Mean,” Joe Greene was a major part of Pittsburgh’s dominant “Steel Curtain.” A defensive tackle, Greene was a four-time Super Bowl champion, 10-time Pro Bowler and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. Also, kudos to Greene for being a G.O.A.T. in the sports ad world. His Coca-Cola commercial still sounds fresh 41 years later.

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13. Randy Moss

Moss’ ability to create separation from his defender stands out as what made him a special wideout . A former basketball player in college, the 6’4” Moss’ length and athleticism made him unstoppable. A six-time Pro Bowler, He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns five different seasons. This included a record 23 touchdowns in the 2007 season with the New England Patriots.

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14. Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott is one of the best defensive backs of all time. A four-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, Lott managed to lead the NFL in interceptions on two separate occasions. Known for his anticipation and ability to tackle in the open field, Lott made 10 Pro Bowl teams throughout his career. The hard hitting safety deserves a spot just for all of the injuries he played with.

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15. Deacon Jones

A two-time Defensive Player of the Year in the 1960s, Deacon Jones came up with the phrase “sacking the quarterback.” A piece of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line of the Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s and 1970s, Jones revolutionized the defensive end position with blinding speed and a bloodthirst for the quarterback. Though sacks weren’t an official statistic during Jones’ playing career, he’s estimated to have gotten to the QB 173 ½ times.

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16. John Elway

A number one overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, John Elway won back-to-back Super Bowls in the late-’90s with the Denver Broncos. The Most Valuable Player of the 1987 NFL season, Elway is just one of six quarterbacks to throw for over 3,000 yards in 12 separate seasons. “The Drive” will be remembered for years and years as arguably the best late-game drive in NFL history.

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17. Gale Sayers

One of the biggest what-ifs in sports history, is what would’ve happened if Gale Sayers wasn’t maligned by a serious left knee injury and played longer than seven seasons. The fact that he’s on this list after that short NFL career is remarkable. A halfback with the Chicago Bears, Sayers was a five-time First team All-Pro and led the NFL in rushing in 1966 and 1969.

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18. Anthony Munoz

Anthony Munoz had one of the most decorated careers for an offensive lineman in NFL history. Munoz made the Pro Bowl 11 consecutive times while leading the charge for the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line. An NFL Hall of Famer, Munoz physically was startling. Standing 6’6”, Munoz showcased a unique mix of strength and quickness for a long period of time.

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19. Otto Graham

The fourth pick of the 1944 NFL Draft, Otto Graham had a great run as quarterback of the Cleveland Browns. He collected numerous trophies, including three Super Bowl victories and three NFL regular season MVPs. A five-time Pro Bowler, Graham still is the all time leader in touchdowns (174) in Browns history.

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20. Brett Favre

The ultimate risk taker as a quarterback, Brett Favre had one of the best careers a QB could have in NFL history. His play from the 1995-1997 seasons with the Green Bay Packers remains one of the better stretches of football that you’ll ever see. Favre won the regular season MVP all three seasons and won the Super Bowl in 1996.

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21. Deion Sanders

A two-sport athlete, there aren’t many players that were as skilled at the game of football as cornerback Deion Sanders. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Sanders’ list of accomplishments is startling. A two-time Super Bowl champion, Sanders made eight Pro Bowls and also was on the All-Pro squad as both a kick returner and punt returner. Sanders’ signature high-step and celebration after a pick-six is legendary. Must be the money?

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22. Drew Brees

The Super Bowl MVP of Super Bowl XLIV, the 41-year old Brees is sure to be a Hall of Famer. A 19-year veteran, Brees has exceeded the expectations that came with being an early second round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. He’s made the Pro Bowl in 13 different seasons with the San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints. Though touchdown passes are a bit inflated, Brees is still playing and is the current leader in all time touchdowns thrown.

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23. Dan Marino

Dan Marino spent all of his 17-year career with the Miami Dolphins. Marino arguably had the best natural throwing ability of any quarterback in NFL history. Though he was never able to get that Super Bowl ring, Marino’s numbers are too remarkable to ignore. A nine-time Pro Bowler and the 1984 NFL MVP, he has 420 touchdown passes and 61,361 total passing yards in his career.

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24. Bruce Smith

A defensive end that was picked first in the 1984 NFL Draft, Smith is the all time leader in sacks with 200. Smith was a key cog in the Buffalo Bills teams of the 1990s that reached the Super Bowl four consecutive seasons. What stands out from Smith’s 19-year run in the NFL is his consistency. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year recorded at least 10 sacks in 13 different seasons.

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25. Terrell Owens

An NFL Hall of Famer and one of the premier wide receivers of all time, Terrell Owens was a primetime star in his 15-year NFL career. A six-time pro bowler, Owens recorded at least 1,000 yards receiving on nine different occasions and at least 10 touchdowns eight different seasons. Owens’ most gutsy moment was when he played with a broken leg and torn ligament in his ankle during Super Bowl XXXIX. He still managed to catch nine passes for 122 yards.

Owens’ flair and personality also added an extra layer to an interesting career. The pom pom celebrations and the popcorn fun was good, but the celebration on the Dallas star was a moment that will never be forgotten.

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26. Emmitt Smith

You can’t talk ‘bout them Cowboys without looking at the impact of running back Emmitt Smith. During the franchise’s dynasty-like dominance over the NFL in the ‘90s, the featured back was at the center of it all. The NFL’s MVP in the 1993 season, Smith made eight Pro Bowl squads throughout his playing days. A three-time Super Bowl winner with Dallas, Smith won the MVP of the big game in Super Bowl XXVIII.

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27. Barry Sanders

There aren’t many players with a 100 percent success rate in Pro Bowl appearances to seasons played. In 10 seasons, running back Barry Sanders made the Pro Bowl every year and rushed for at least 1,000 yards too. This included a career-high 2,053 yards in his penultimate campaign. There’s no doubt that Sanders retired early at the age of 31, but the former 1997 NFL MVP’s track record speaks for itself even with his shortened career.

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28. Jack Lambert

A physical defender who wasn’t afraid to mix it up, Pittsburgh Steelers middle linebacker Jack Lambert was definitely a game changer. In his 11-year stint in the NFL, Lambert racked up the awards. He won Defensive Player of the Year on two separate occasions, won the Super Bowl four times and earned nine berths in the Pro Bowl. At 220 pounds, Lambert was considered skinny for the linebacker position. Lambert was at the center of Pittsburgh’s disruptive defense and sported an intimidating look with his top middle teeth missing.

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29. Sammy Baugh

A versatile player on the field, Sammy Baugh played quarterback, free safety and punter while playing 16 years in the NFL for the Washington Redskins. He made the All-Pro First and Second teams nine times combined. 1943 is a memorable season as Baugh dominated across multiple categories. He led the NFL in interceptions (11) and punting yards (1195). Baugh also managed to finish second in total passing yards (1754). Baugh’s talents crossed over to the movie screen where he starred in 1941’s King of the Texas Rangers.

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30. Don Hutson

A three-time Super Bowl champion with the Green Bay Packers, Hutson played multiple roles throughout his 11-year career in the NFL. He was a kicker and also played on both offense and defense, Hutson is considered the original wide receiver in the NFL’s history. He recorded 99 touchdowns and led the NFL in receiving yards eight different times throughout his playing career. An eight-time All-Pro selection, Hutson also won the NFL’s MVP Award in both 1941 and 1942.

Culture Trading Cards

‘Data Debates’: Jerry West 1961 Fleer vs. Ernie Banks 1954 Topps

In the second installment of our “Data Debates” series, in which we aim to help newcomers understand the process of evaluating supply and demand and identify which cards are overvalued vs undervalued, we dive into the vintage card market and break down the Jerry West 1961 Fleer Rookie vs. the Ernie Banks 1954 Topps Rookie. 

The Case For Jerry West:

Jerry West (aka Mr. Clutch) spent his entire 14 year playing career as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. His resume is absolutely eye-popping.

  • NBA Champion (1972)
  • NBA Finals MVP (1969)
  • 14-time NBA All Star
  • All Star Game MVP (1972)
  • 10 time All-NBA First Team
  • Co-Captain of the 1960 USA Gold Medal Olympic team
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1959)
  • 25,192 points (22nd in NBA history)

And those are just a few of his accomplishments as a player! 

From 1976-1979, Mr. Clutch was the Lakers Head Coach, leading them to the playoffs in all three seasons, including a trip to the Western Conference finals.

He then served as a scout for three seasons before taking over as General Manager. In this role, West assembled the Lakers “Showtime” dynasty of the 1980’s that collected five championship rings (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 & 1988).

Later, West was responsible for trading center Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets for Kobe Bryant, signing Shaquille O’Neal and bringing six-time NBA champion head coach Phil Jackson on board, which was the core of the Lakers next dynasty that went on to win three championships in a row from 2000-2002.

West’s accomplishments in basketball are so iconic, that he is actually the silhouette in the NBA’s logo. 

The Case for Ernie Banks:

Ernie Banks (aka Mr. Cub) has quite a resume in his own right, and is considered by most to be one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. His career started in the Negro Leagues, playing for the Kansas City Monarchs before taking a break from baseball to serve in the military for two years (1952-1953).

His Major League career began in 1953 with the Chicago Cubs and he quickly made his presence felt, finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. Banks was a 14 time All-Star, 2 time NL MVP (first NL player to ever win back-to-back MVP’s). He won a Gold Glove in 1960 and hit 512 career home runs (23rd all-time). His #14 is retired by the Cubs (the first Cub to ever have his number retired), was voted to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team and he was a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee in 1977. 

Examining The Data:

First we examine the total populations of each of these graded cards:

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Next we examine the sales charts in each PSA ranking:

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Now that we have all the facts and numbers laid out, you might be asking what this all means and which one might be overpriced vs underpriced? 

As illustrated above, according to the latest PSA population report, there are currently only (3) PSA 10 graded 1961 Fleer Jerry West cards and (28) PSA 9’s in existence. The 1954 Topps Ernie Banks has a similarly low population of PSA 10’s (2) and 9’s (14). The last Ernie Banks PSA 10 that sold was in May of 2012, closing for $142,836. There are no records of any recent sale of a Jerry West PSA 10. 

Recent examples of the sale of PSA 9’s are a bit easier to find with the two most recent Ernie Banks auctions closing at $78,000 and $74,400, while the last two Jerry West PSA 9 cards closed at $15,189 and $13,500 respectively.  .

With such low numbers of the top 2 grades in the market, we will shift the focus to the PSA 8’s. The difference in sale price between the two cards is staggering. The last 4 examples of the Ernie Banks PSA 8 card being sold closed between $9600 – $10,990.86.

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There were three Jerry West PSA 8’s sold at auction in the past two months, closing between $4286 – $5199.95. These numbers are less than half of what the Ernie Banks PSA 8’s have been selling for. 

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So Who Is The Better Investment?

The difference in price between the two players is nothing short of bizarre. While it’s more than fair to say that Ernie Banks is a legendary player, it is also fair to say that his iconic status and accomplishments pale in comparison to Jerry West’s. 

Unlike our previous “Data Debate” where we broke down Luka Doncic vs Kevin Durant, the story is already written for Banks vs. West. Both have already cemented their legacies, you don’t have to worry about things like injuries, potential dips in their play, etc. There is absolutely no reason that a PSA 8 Ernie Banks rookie card should be selling a more than 2x the price of a Jerry West rookie card, especially when considering how hot the basketball market currently is compared to the baseball market. And if you are lucky enough to come across a PSA 9 (or 10) of either card, Banks is bringing back more than 5x the value. 

So, which card is the better investment? I will let you make the call here, but this one feels obvious. 

Events/Tournaments Gaming

The Call of Duty Championship is Finally Here

It’s the last week of August so that means we are approaching the Call of Duty Championship weekend. This season has been a unique one considering that this year was the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League. The season began in January of 2020, and featured twelve different teams competing in their home cities to earn enough points for a playoff berth.

Despite the league being in the first season, things were running pretty smoothly until the Coronavirus Pandemic occurred at the beginning of March. On March 13th, The COD League announced the immediate transition to online competitions. Two months later, more changes were made allowing all twelve teams to compete for Championship Weekend. The Playoffs began on August 19th, and after a week of intense competition, we are down to the Final Four; The Chicago Huntsmen, The London Royal Ravens, The Atlanta Faze, and The Dallas Empire.

So what’s the Grand Prize for the winners? Well the prize for winning the championship features a whopping $1.5 million reward to the organization. The remaining teams/organizations will also fare pretty well with the runner up receiving $900,000 and third place receiving $600,000. The fourth place team will receive $450,000, while The Optic Gaming and Toronto Ultra (who came in fifth and sixth) will split the $300,000 reward. The seventh and eighth place Florida Mountaineers and New York Subliners will split $175,000 and the ninth and tenth place Minnesota ROKKR and Paris Legion will split $100,000. Unfortunately, the Los Angeles Guerillas and Seattle Surge won’t receive anything due to placing eleventh and twelfth respectively. In addition to the mula, the winning team gets a Black COD League ring, a championship trophy, some custom Jordan 6’s, as well as a Throne for each individual player.

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The exclusive 2020 Call of Duty Championship Ring

Of course ONE37pm had to talk to Commissioner Johanna Faries about this season, in particular about the transition from LAN to online.

Johanna Faries: Despite all of the challenges we faced, it has been incredible to see the resolve and agility from the League, our teams, and partners in these unprecedented times. A ton of work and innovation went into ensuring that our players and personnel could compete and operate safely from remote locations. In a matter of weeks, we were able to shift to a new way of working that still delivered incredible competitive entertainment for fans all over the globe.

We also asked Johanna about the excitement for this upcoming championship, and also asked her about what we can expect from the Call of Duty League in the future in terms of competition, features, and even collaborations.

JF: The classic rivalries, incredible matches, and the range of veteran and new star talent across all teams. As new as CDL is, it also comes with tremendous legacy surrounding it. We are all so excited to see how it plays out between our final four teams this weekend. While we have announced a ton of great stuff these last few weeks, including a fashion collaboration with Billionaire Boys Club, our Sheron Barber-designed Championship throne, a new trophy, rings, and the distribution of 10,000 beta codes for Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War during Champs Sunday, we still have more to come. In many ways, CDL is only just getting started.

Now let’s take a closer look at the Final Four teams who have battled so hard to get to this very moment. Let’s start with the Dallas Empire Squad spearheaded by recently announced 19 year old MVP Cuevas-Castro (also known as Shotzzy). Dallas has the most experience out of all the teams, and players such as Crimsix and Clayster leading their squad as well. According to Head Coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier, Empire believes that the experience of their core roster will prove beneficial in those tense battle moments that are sure to be expected this weekend. They may be right as maturity can sometimes be a determining factor.

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Next up are the Chicago Huntsmen, a team with a strong culture and dynasty. The Huntsmen just won one of the most thrilling series in Call of Duty History against Optic Gaming LA drawing over 150,000 viewers. We already know how key momentum is in a Finals series, and the Huntsmen are also very aware that they come from a city of greatness (their apparel has featured the number 23 in reference to Michael Jordan).

Now onto the Atlanta Faze, arguably the most dominant team in the series winning all eight of their home games. The Faze squad is led by two superstars Simp and Priestahh. However like another ATL team, (The Atlanta Hawks), they are also a very young team, and as we all know, youth can be a deciding factor in playoff and championship matchups.

Last but not least we have the London Royal Ravens, the underdog that nobody saw coming. Nobody expected this team to be in the top four, and the Ravens used that to their advantage to sneak up on opponents. To win the championship though, the Ravens would have to beat both Atlanta and Dallas after Chicago to win the championship.

The Verge

Now we move onto the schedule. The Elimination Semi- Finals kickoff at 2:00pm EST/ 11:00am PT with The Chicago Huntsmen against the London Royal Ravens. The Atlanta Faze will then face the Dallas Empire in the Elimination Bracket at 3:30pm EST/ 12:30 PT. The winner of the London/Chicago matchup will then battle the loser of the Atlanta/Dallas matchup to see who will battle the Atlanta/Dallas winner in the Grand Finals. From there the Finals will take place at 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PT on Sunday August 30th. 

One thing’s for sure, this weekend will be extremely competitive as that 1.5 million will be up for grabs with every single one of those teams having a legitimate shot at the championship. However there also will be a quick turnaround time for all the teams, as the new patch released Tuesday, includes a change to the MP5. It will definitely be interesting to see how it all shakes out. In the meantime to get you pumped here’s our predictions for the Finals. May the best man win. 

Aaron (ONE37pm): “I predict that the Chicago Huntsmen will win it all. They’ve got a lot of talent, and have proven themselves to be successful, especially in clutch situations.”

Jael (ONE37pm): “I think Dallas wins it personally. They also have a lot of talent, but Shotzzy wants that ring (especially after being named MVP). MVP’s lead their teams to championships, and that’s exactly what I think he will do.”

Consoles Gaming

14 Games Like Slay The Spire

Slay The Spire is a combination of a roguelike game and a deck-building card game that continues to grow in popularity as it releases on more and more platforms. It started out on Windows, macOS and Linux in January of 2019 and since then, has steadily rolled out on the PlayStation 4, the Nintendo Switch, the Xbox One, iOS and Android. The game has been received very well by fans and critics alike, hence its influence in the genre.

If this game is right up your alley, then we have a list of a few more games that could appeal to you too. In alphabetical order, here they are.

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1. Ascension: Deckbuilding Game

There are Ascension levels in Slay The Spire, but this Ascension is a different game entirely. It was originally called Ascension: Chronicle Of The Godslayer, but its new name sums it up perfectly. The game was designed by Justin Gary, Rob Dougherty and Brian Kibler who are Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour champions, so you’re in good hands. The aim is to get more Honour Points than any other player and to do that, you have to build the best deck possible. You can spend Runes to acquire better cards. Strategy and monsters, what more could you ask for?

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2. Card Quest

This game is similar to Slay The Spire in that deck-building is a key part of it, but it does a lot more than that too. Card Quest focuses strongly on character development in battles. Rather than directly adding cards to your deck to make it stronger, in Card Quest you acquire weapon boxes that each come with various cards. When these cards are put in your deck, the deck is shuffled so that you don’t know what’s next. There are also different classes: Wizard, Hunter, Fighter and Rogue. Each class has sub-classes beneath it. All in all, Card Quest is a different, arguably tougher challenge than Slay The Spire.

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3. Darkest Dungeon

In Darkest Dungeon, you lead a group of heroes to a dungeon where you need to explore each room within it one by one. Naturally, on your way, you’ll run into surprises from creatures who will try to attack you. That’s where the turn-based strategy comes in. Also in the rooms are treasure and weapons that you and your team can equip. The game requires team management skills, risk management and more and looks really similar to Slay The Spire in terms of aesthetics.

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4. Dream Quest

If you’re a huge fan and follower of Slay The Spire, then it’s not unlikely that you’ll have already heard of Dream Quest. Fans of the genre view this game as Slay The Spire’s direct competitor and that’s largely because it is very, very similar to it. Dream Quest doesn’t limit the number of cards that each person has, but it also doesn’t show you what your opponent is doing, which is an interesting angle. You can use cards to upgrade weapons too, and bosses in this game present a great challenge. This one is a must-try for fans of Slay The Spire.

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5. FTL: Faster Than Light

If you’re into watching people play Slay The Spire, then you might already know that streamers who play that game also play FTL: Faster Than Light. Both games might not seem so similar on the surface, but just a few hours of gameplay will prove that they are. With FTL, you own a spaceship that you need to mod up with subsystems and weapons so that when an encounter happens, you can move forward through it. It’s also made by the same people who made Into The Breach which appears later on this list.

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6. Gloomhaven

Where Gloomhaven is truly different to Slay The Spire is in the fact that it is a board game. But if you’re willing to try that out, then you’ll be able to enjoy it with a few friends. You’re dealt a set of cards which will determine how you have to play the game and we can’t overemphasise how important strategy is with this game. STS fans will enjoy figuring out which set of cards is the best hand for doing what and there are around 95 different dungeons to explore with monsters galore.

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7. Guild Of Dungeoneering

Guild Of Dungeoneering is a turn-based dungeon crawler. Rather than controlling a hero to defeat monsters, with this game you build the dungeon around them and see how they react and what decisions they make. Think of this like a Creator mode for a dungeon crawler. You can lay down monsters, rooms, traps and loot for the hero to manoeuvre through. Your deck contains different events and acquiring better cards means better options for the hero to have to fight through. Some people complain that the game can get a little too repetitive, but it’s worth trying to get a dose of something similar to Slay The Spire regardless.

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8. Heat Signature

With Heat Signature, you control a pod which travels to different spaceships which you need to sneak inside of. This alone requires docking your pod with a spaceship’s airlock. Once you get in, you need to take out the crew members with gadgets, which means you need to outthink them. The main goal is to loot their gold afterwards, so they’ll certainly try to fight back. That’s where the strategy comes in. The game allows you to pause when surrounded by enemies to think about the best way to approach a battle. There are also fights in slow-motion, which is something cool that not a lot of games similar to this offer.

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9. Into The Breach

Into The Breach tasks you with trying to save human civilisation by fighting off colossal creatures that have been breeding and getting bigger underneath earth. You do this utilising futuristic machines and of course, other problems arise along the way. The game offers dire consequences because making the wrong move means that a city could be wiped out, which adds some pressure to choosing the right strategy. As we mentioned before, this one is made by the makers of FTL: Faster Than Light.

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10. Invisible, Inc.

As opposed to Slay The Spire where you have to build your deck according to the options, with Invisible, Inc., you customise your deck differently for different agents. You have the job of equipping the agents with what they need to adapt to their surroundings which includes both weapons and training. A wrong move means that an agent will be killed, so no pressure!

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11. Monster Slayers

For many people, Monster Slayers is the toughest competition for Slay The Spire. This game puts focus on a card-based battle system which makes for epic gameplay. The end aim of the game is to defeat Harbinger, the final boss, and you can take any path you like through the Northern Valley to get there. On your path, you’ll fight undead goblins, dragons and more, the whole time trying to keep your energy for the big boss battle at the end.

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12. Rogue Legacy

This game is unique in that when you die, you take over your character’s child who will then become the potential hero. This keeps on happening until you defeat all of the enemies. The best element about that is that each character is born with differences, some of which can actually help you in various battles. The gold you attain with one character passes on to the next, which means upgrading abilities is still key here. This is a really nice twist on the genre.

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13. Skelly Selest

This game starts you off in a sector of hell, where you’ll have to make your way through paths like Flesh Gardens and Bone Plains and these contain some very formidable enemies. Like any game of this kind, looting and upgrading is key to winning battles with the right amount of energy for bigger battles.

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14. SteamWorld Quest: Hand Of Gilgamech

SteamWorld Quest is Slay The Spire if it were an RPG. In this game, each of your 3 team members begin with 8 cards which automatically get shuffled before each battle. You can save up more powerful cards to use later when you’re in a tougher battle too. SteamWorld Quest has all of the elements of a deck-building game, but there’s also a great medieval storyline that adds value to the gameplay too.

Gaming New Releases

Here’s What You Need to Know About Fall Guys Season 2

As you all know, the Gamescom Fall Guys Season 2 preview has just ended, sending Fall Guys fanatics into Candyland craziness. The attention surrounding Fall Guys is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before considering this game just came out three weeks ago. Even Fortnite didn’t have this type of hype in its initial release and has even been compared by some fans to the Angry Birds frenzy from years ago. This unexpected success has led to a rare move with Mediatonic choosing to release a Season 2 preview some 40 days before it comes out (season previews for games tend to happen a few days or even the day before the release).

Playstation Universe

Now Fall Guys have put themselves in a position to establish even more dominance as they still have big Season 1 reveals coming. This is what we know so far. To coincide with Season 2 coming out, Fall Guys is scheduled to have four new game modes unlock towards the end of Season 1. Again not much information is known about these modes as we are still some days/weeks out from its release. Season 2 will also feature the reveal of some new skins. This last week, in particular, has seen Season 1 debut the Trex, Peabody, and Parakeet skins which have been well received by fans. In addition, Season 2 features another set of 40 items to unlock during gameplay, as well as more game modes and levels to be revealed in the coming weeks.

While there were many exciting surprises in this Fall Guys Preview, the biggest surprise was the announcement of a Medieval Theme. This is exciting because many gamers remember the Medieval Theme from Fortnite two years ago that took the game to another level.

Clearly there’s a lot in store in the near future for Fall Guys Season 2. In the meantime, fans can continue to dominate and enjoy everything Season 1 has to offer.

Culture Music

Nas’ “King’s Disease” is the Perfect Late Summer Anthem

The Year is 1994. The City is Crown Heights, and a young man by the name of Nasir Jones has just released his debut studio album ‘Illmatic’. An Instant Hip Hop classic, it was clear very early on that “Nas” was going to be a force to reckon with in the music industry for a long time. Now here we are in the year 2020. An unusual year that has seen us craving music and entertainment much more than what we are typically used to, and yet again Nas has managed to surprise us. On August 21st, 26 years after his debut, Nas dropped his twelfth studio album entitled ‘King’s Disease.’ For those that don’t know, King’s Disease refers to Gout. A nasty infection that comes from excessively eating foods that are rich. When you think of Nas’s catalogue, nasty, rich, and infectious are exactly the words that come to mind.

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While ‘King’s Disease’ is definitely modern in its approach, Nas doesn’t stray away from the sound and lyrical content that’s made him Rap Royalty. With witty puns and word play along with top notch production from Hit-Boy, and features from A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, and Lil Durk to name a few, critics are already calling it one of the best albums of the year. As usual, Nas also stands alone on tracks such as ‘27 Summers’ and ‘Blue Benz.’ Another unique feature of the album is the length of the tracks. Many of the songs are about two minutes long, and the album itself is only 38 minutes all together. Short and Sweet, but gets the job done. 

As we round out the summer, ‘Kings Disease’ is the perfect anthem for those I-75 drives, or late night rides out around the city, and Nas once again drops an album that shifts the industry, while still remaining culturally relevant after 30 years in the game.

Sports Strength

Darius Fulghum Trades In The Stethoscope For Boxing Gloves To TKO His Dreams

This summer was supposed to be an epic one for the ages as the world to witnessed the next generation of world-class athletes representing their home country at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. Unfortunately, COVID-19 had other plans as everything was forced to be shut down or rescheduled to next year. But this didn’t stop one ambitious fighter who is on the prowl to show why he is the next one up to put his name amongst the greats in boxing. Get familiar with Darius Fulghum.

Darius is not your typical fighter.  The Texas native has a heart full of gold and ambition as strong as a tidal wave while letting his hands do all of the talking… and healing. Before he decided to take boxing seriously, Fulgham received a Nursing degree at an HBCU known as Prairie View A&M University. With his background as a talented high school wrestler, Fulgham decided to try his hand at boxing and it’s paid off in a major way.

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In December, Darius made history by becoming the second boxer ever to finish first in the US Olympic Trials despite starting the tournament as the #8 seed. The sky’s the limit for Fulgham as he gained confidence knowing he can do the impossible — bring home the gold medal to the United States after a 32-year drought in the heavyweight division.

Associate Editor Omari White spoke with Darius about his journey to becoming the next heavyweight prizefighter. As COVID-19 stopped everyone’s plans of the pursuit of greatness, Fulghum has ways around to go the distance and take it one round at a time en route to rewriting history.

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Omari: I know you were preparing for the Olympics. You planning to fight for gold in the heavyweight division but COVID stopped everything. Can you give me a breakdown of how you’re feeling and how you’re staying focused towards accomplishing that feat?

Darius: Well, a lot has changed since it happened but it’s just devastating. I should be in Tokyo right now, you know, and that’s one of those things that kind of hits you. It’s like, damn, it’s just one more year, a lot, a lot of change since I first got the news. It’s kind of been a whole process. Things keep changing. We keep hearing different things. “Oh, this is going to happen, then this going to happen.” So then there were at least a lot of disappointment, but ultimately, Tokyo is still the plan for next year, and I’m aiming to be there around that same time. At least, that gave us a new goal to look forward to. You know, it kind of puts something back on our mind, especially when you don’t have anything looking forward to like training at some point seems meaningless but eventually got to find the purpose. Once you find your purpose, you know, everything is back to normal. So when the news first hit completely devastated, bro, you know, but they would all bounce back and now we kind of get back into the groove of things. So we’re starting to get it started to pick back up though.

Omari: I noticed that you got your degree, your Nursing degree at Prairie View A&M University. I want to ask you like has COVID-19 opened your eyes to the importance of having a degree?  If you decided you want to, you know, go back to get your master’s right now, would you mind being out there to fight the spread or you still want to continue to focus on your career en route to becoming a world champion fighter?

Darius: Man, there were so many opportunities that I want to present it in nursing. But I have my obligations in boxing that I have right now. And this is my dream bro. So this is something that I put boxing on the side, to focus on nursing, to get my degree to finish school. And so now I finished, I put all my eggs in the basket. I’m all in on boxing. This is my passion. That’s what I love doing. You know, I get to have fun training with all these great teammates. I get to travel across the country, across the world, right? This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t pass up. You know? So, um, there’s something I have to do now. And of course, you know, I still have friends that are nursing and there’s a lot of opportunities in nursing that can open for me. But it’s just something I gotta do, you know, this is my love.

Sports Strength

The WNBA Walk Off: Taking the Initiative is Nothing New

August 26th, 2020 will go down as one of the most prominent and historic days in sports history. Sparked by the outrage over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the professional sports world has essentially come to a halt, with professional athletes going on strike. Within this movement, it’s important to recognize just how instrumental the WNBA has been since the beginning.

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To understand that, we have to go back to the year 2016 when Minnesota Lynx players Maya Moore, Lindsey Whalen, Seimone Augustus, and Rebekkah Brunson, wore “Change Starts With Us” shirts. Little did we know, it was a sign of things to come for Maya Moore.

By the year 2019, Maya Moore was already a four time WNBA champion, MVP, two time Olympic Gold Medalist, and had secured her place as one of the all time WNBA greats. Ahead of the 2019 season, Moore announced she would be going on hiatus to focus on overturning the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Irons (who was successfully released in July of this year). It was a surprising move for many, to see a player who had already accomplished so much, step away from the game she loved dearly. To those who knew Maya though, it actually wasn’t surprising at all. It’s who she’s always been.

These are just a couple of examples of how vocal the WNBA has been when it comes to their leadership in the fight for equality. That has continued into this unique season, where the WNBA has been united in their quest for change by using their platforms to continue to bring awareness in various different forms. However, let us not forget that the WNBA has always been about making a change, even if it meant making huge sacrifices. Let us continue to always stand with them, and support them endlessly.

Culture Trading Cards

What Are Your Pokemon 1st Edition Base Set Cards Worth?

The explosive recent rise in the value of Pokemon cards has opened the eyes of investors and former collectors looking to get back in the game. The original Pokemon base set (1999 1st Edition Shadowless) is the most collectible, with record breaking single card sales happening almost daily on eBay.

“Every generation defines what is nostalgic to them,” says Collectors Universe President Joe Orlando. “Pokémon started its rise in the U.S. during the late 1990s. Today, the young people who were playing the classic game then are now well into adulthood. As a result, the game has enjoyed a kind of rebirth in the hobby.”      

This list of 10 cards from the iconic original set breaks down the total population of each card graded by PSA, as well as their most recent sales to illustrate their current value. 

Pokemon Starters:

In the first set of games for Gameboy (Pokemon Red, Green & Blue), trainers had a choice of either a Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle from Professor Oak’s Lab. Because of the nostalgia behind what may have been their very first Pokemon choice, the starters have surged in both popularity and value. 

Squirtle 1st Edition:
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PSA Pop: 1418 – (10) 592 – (9) 618

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Charmander 1st Edition:
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PSA Pop: 1521 – (10) 647 – (9) 633

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Bulbasaur 1st Edition:
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PSA Pop: 783 – (10) 237 – (9) 400

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Pikachu is the most well known Pokemon out there and considered to be a mascot of sorts. There are two versions of Pikachu in this set – with a red cheeked and a yellow cheeked variant. The red cheek is the more rare and valuable of the two.

Pikachu Red Cheeks 1st Edition:
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PSA Pop: 890 – (10) 211 – (9) 528

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Pikachu Yellow Cheeks 1st Edition:
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PSA Pop: 886 – (10) 335 – (9) 346

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Onix 1st Edition:

Onix was the “final boss” of sorts that you battle against at the first gym in the Pokemon games. Onix’s value has jumped significantly in the last 2 weeks. 

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PSA Pop: 923 – (10) 368 – (9) 425

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Blastoise Holo 1st Edition:

Blastoise is the fully evolved version of Squirtle. It’s widely considered to be in the top 4 most valuable holo Pokemon from the original set. 

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PSA Pop: 1484 – (10) 98 – (9) 499

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Charizard Holo 1st Edition:

This card is the apex of Pokemon collecting. Even non-collectors know that the Charizard holo will make you the king of the playground, in any condition.

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PSA Pop: 2475 – (10) 120 – (9) 640

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Venusaur Holo 1st Edition:

Venusaur is the final form of Bulbasaur. Another one of the most popular holo Pokemon, Venusaur is one of the most stolen Pokemon by Mewtwo in both “Strikes Back” movies.

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PSA Pop: 1310 – (10) 133 – (9) 466

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Mewtwo Holo 1st Edition:

Mewtwo is the evil clone of Mew and was the antagonist in “Pokemon The First Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back”

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PSA Pop: 990 – (10) 80 – (9) 375

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