Rob Gronkowski Calls Tom Brady ‘Trash’ in Pickleball: Challenges Him

Rob Gronkowski calls Tom Brady ‘Trash’ in pickleball… Once brothers, now enemies?

For over a decade Gronk and Brady tortured opposing defenses in the NFL, scoring countless touchdowns and winning four Super Bowls. Now as Gronk enjoys his days of retirement and Brady tries to extend his legacy in the NFL, the sprout of a beef between the two longtime friends is beginning to bloom. Gronk has called out Brady in the most unlikely of domains: The pickleball court!

Related: LeBron James Owns Major League Pickleball Team

That’s right, one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history has issued a challenge to his former quarterback:

Bros vs. Pros

On December 3rd, the Gronkowski brothers got together to put on their Bros vs. Pros pickleball fundraiser event. The event was to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of America. Throughout the event we saw a number of memorable matchups, but it was what Rob Gronkowski said in an exclusive interview with ONE37pm’s Tara Bernstein after the game that caught our attention. 

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Tara: “I know Tom Brady is also into the pickleball game and he’s your guy, one on one who’s winning?

Gronk: “He’s trash too, those quarterbacks have no skill other than throwing the ball. Let’s call him right now, let’s play.” 

Gronk vs. Brady

Pretty bold words about the guy who throws you all your touchdown passes. Is Gronk biting off a little more than he can chew? We know Tom Brady is heavily involved in pickleball, as he’s an owner of a Major League Pickleball team.

I think a key question here is would the footwork of a tight end or a quarterback be suited better for the pickleball court? We know Gronk would be smashing dinks, but Brady has incredible footwork and control as a quarterback. I guess we’ll have to hope these two take it to the court one day to find out!

So even though Rob Gronkowski calls Tom Brady ‘Trash’ in pickleball, who would win that match? Gronk or the GOAT?!


SlabStox Card Market Report: November 2022

Welcome to the SlabStox Card Market Report for November of 2022!

November put soccer into daily feeds with the World Cup kicking off in Qatar. The tournament has been quite the spectator event and shout out to the US Men’s National Team for making the knockout rounds for the first time since 2014. This monthly market report will look at the World Cup’s impact on the soccer card market. Spoiler Alert—Chirstian Pulisic’s body-blow goal for the US against Iran brought the buzz back to his card market.

Taking a 30,000 foot view, a down card market makes this potentially a “buying” opportunity with deals at card shows (see show listings below) and in secondary marketplaces. Stay diligent and do your homework, then negotiate. The card market is a supply- and demand-driven marketplace, and right now, increased supply is there to find some serious deals for all budgets.

Here’s a quick rundown of SlabStox’s November Card Market Report:

  • Take 1: Has World Cup frenzy fueled soccer card prices?
  • Take 2: Power to collectors and local card shops
  • Take 3: International prospects in 2022 Bowman Chrome 
  • Take 4: Glance at the Markets
  • Take 5: Who’s Hot / Who’s Not
  • Looking ahead: Shows, product releases and a Final Word

Join the ONE37pm CardTalk/SlabStox Pod as @SlabStoxAaron and Card Talk’s @LouGeneux discuss, debate and dissect the monthly Card Market Report. Stay tuned to social media for updates. 

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  1. All market data in this report is from Card Ladder. Card Ladder is an independent, third-party partner of SlabStox, providing card collectors and investors insights to make informed, data-driven decisions. Every investment and trading move involves risk. Do your research before making any decision. 
  2. The only cards owned by SlabStox of players in this SlabStox Card Market Report report are Christian Pulisic, Jackson Chourio and Gunnar Henderson.
5 Takes from the November Sports Card Market
TAKE 1: World Cup sparks soccer card market

WOW! What a World Cup it’s been so far. We’ve had everything from upsets (Saudi Arabia over Argentina) to annihilations (Spain over Costa Rica 7-0), cards exploding (Mohammed Kudus Obsidian RC +231%) to cards cratering (Gio Reyna Refractor RC -45%). Many collectors coming into this World Cup all had the same question: Would this make the soccer card market explode? While there’s definitely excitement compared to a month or two ago, if you purchased cards over 6 months ago, the returns are… let’s just say not awesome. To read about why we thought this would be the case, make sure to read our August market report.

As of the morning of December 1, just over half of the groups have completed play. So, what has REALLY happened to the soccer card market? There’s no doubt some cards have increased in price. To say otherwise would just be false. HOWEVER. It does have to be a perfect storm:

  • The player has to be performing well. And not just performing well, but scoring goals and/or dishing assists. 
  •  The “increases” are often 1-day, 1-week or 1-month increases. The odds a card has increased over the last six months or one year are isolated cases. Two years? That’s more feasible. Here’s some examples.
1. The BIG performance, short-term increase
  • Gakpo’s World Cup moment
    • How about a goal a game for your World Cup debut? Cody Gakpo is one of the top players in the world outside of the top five European leagues (plays in the Dutch league), and he is proving it with a goal in each group stage match. Let’s see what he does against the US.
    • 2022 Prizm RC Auto: $200 on 11/29/22. $126 on 11/24/22. (+59%)
  • Kudus’ World Cup moment
    • 2-goal performance to propel Ghana (#61) to a win over South Korea (#28) to pull off the second biggest upset of the World Cup.
    • 2020 Obsidian RC /195: $96 on 11/28/22. $29 on 11/17/22. (+231%)
  • Al-Dawsari’s World Cup moment
    • Match winning goal in one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, as Saudi Arabia (#51) beat the almighty Messi-led Argentina (#3) 2-1. He also scored in the group stage finale to ensure Mexico was sent home.
    • 2022 Prizm National Landmarks: $126 on 11/22/22. $70 on 11/21/22. (+231%)

If you were looking to make flips in the World Cup, you had to be GLUED to the matches and box scores. Example: Al-Dawsari’s National Landmarks is back to $73 just one week after it was selling for $126.

2. The 2-year reward
  • Richarlison’s World Cup moment
    • In the 72nd minute of Brazil’s opening match, Vini Jr. had an absurd pass through two defenders to the waiting Richarlison who popped the ball into the air and performed a scissor kick to knock the ball into the back of the net. It was a goal so outrageous that it can only be described as a Golazo.
    • 2019 Prizm EPL Kaboom!: $198 on 11/24/22. $81 on 2/13/21. (+144%)
  • Messi’s World Cup moment
    • A converted penalty to open the tournament against Saudi Arabia was wasted, but his decisive goal against Mexico was not. In a near do-or-die situation, Messi kept his promise and pulled through for his nation with his sublime strike in the 2-0 win over Mexico. In the final group stage match, Messi did have a penalty saved by Polish keeper Wojciech Szczęsny, but Messi’s supporting cast locked up Argentina’s knockout round spot.
    • 2015 Select National Pride Blue /299 PSA 9: $200 on 11/26/22. $51 on 11/21/20. (+290%)
  • Pulisic’s World Cup moment
    • While Tyler Adams is the glue for the USMNT, Pulisic put in multiple Man of the Match performances in the group stages and clearly was the best player on the pitch. When Pulisic is on the ball, good things happen for the US. The team only scored two goals in their first three matches, but Pulisic contributed to both (scored the match winning goal against Iran). 300+ different Christian Pulisic cards sold between 11/29/22 and 11/30/22.
    • 2016 Select Emerging Stars Copper RC Auto /49: $850 on 11/30/22. $213 on 1/4/20. (+299%)

Making a play on soccer cards in 2020 or before was the way to just about guarantee you’d be in for a treat come the 2022 World Cup. If you bought in 2021 or 2022, making the right call on a player or specific card was generally the only way profit would be seen in November.

3. The reality
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 2003 Panini Mega Craques RC PSA 8: $8,000 on 10/29/22. $12,120 on 6/4/22. (-34%)
  • Kylian Mbappé 2018 Prizm Silver PSA 10: $1,300 on 11/29/22. $2,397 on 6/3/22. (-46%)
  • Neymar Jr 2018 Immaculate Prizm On-Card Auto /99 BGS 9.5/10: $930 on 11/27/22. $1,324 on 3/12/22. (-30%)

Most cards purchased in 2021 or 2022 (aside from the last month or two) did not lead to profit. The three cards above would’ve been classified by many as “good purchases” to sell during the 2022 World Cup, but timing is everything. And 2021 or 2022 was not the right time to buy them. Each of these cards have decreased over the last 6 months or more.

SlabStox Bottom Line: Let’s bring it back to our August SlabStox Card Market Report. For the World Cup highlight in that report, our SlabStox Bottom Line read: “Opportunity is in the air. When the World Cup wraps up, it just may lead to the best buyer’s market in the past 3 years. If the soccer floodgates open with cards collectors have been sitting on, supply will far outpace demand, and prices could drop further.” We are already starting to see that. Plenty of soccer cards are selling for the lowest they have since 2020. If you’re trying to time the market, our best recommendation is to NOT buy the cards of players that have increased due to their World Cup performances. Any increases in November will most likely evaporate by early 2023. If you are passionate about soccer and buy within your means at the end of this year during the holiday season, it could pay off if you’re willing to hold until increased performance triggers a sale.

TAKE 2: Power to collectors and local card shops

Topps pulled off something unique and dare we say NEW in the sports card hobby. They launched a huge Topps MVP Buyback program bringing collectors to local card shops (LCS), exchanging 2022 Topps Chrome MVP baseball cards for in-store credit.

The program started November 26 on #SmallBusinessSaturday and will run through March 31, 2023, so there is still time to join the hunt for this year’s MLB MVPs, Aaron Judge and Paul Goldschmidt. The cards must be from the 2022 Topps Chrome baseball set. When returned to participating card shops, collectors will receive credit. More than 350 local card shops have signed up for the program and are listed on along with the list of eligible cards.

The Topps MVP Buyback program is simple and has created quite the card-hunting buzz during the baseball offseason. Here’s how it works:

  • Collectors bring 2022 Topps Chrome cards of Judge and Goldschmidt, ranging from base to numbered cards, to participating local card shops and exchange them for in-store credit.
  • In-store credit breakdowns for both Judge and Goldschmidt cards:
    • Base = $20
    • Refractor = $40
    • Numbered cards greater than 100 = $100
    • Numbered cards less than 100 = $200

In a SlabStox Instagram post prior to the launch, we broke the program down this way: 

“This will allow you, the collector, to keep your journey going even if you only have a $10 Aaron Judge refractor. Currently, if you were to buy a Judge and Goldschmidt Refractor, it’d be around $20 combined. That’d instantly turn into $80 of store credit with your local hobby shop.” 

After the official announcement from Topps (and SlabStox post shortly after), the Topps MVP Buyback program lit up secondary markets. Here’s a quick breakdown of Judge and Goldschmidt values since the program launched:

Total Volume (via Card Ladder Sales History combining 14+ marketplaces)

Aaron Judge Refractor Movement

Early reports from local cards shops participating in the Topps buyback program have been positive:


Brew Town Trading (Greenfield, WI)

Brew Town in Greenfield, WI, issued nearly $2,000 of in store credit the first weekend, buying back more than 70 MVP cards. 

“This is a great opportunity for both collectors and the LCS community,” said Rory Wagner, Brew Town Trading manager. “Collectors love turning five base cards into $100 store credit and use it on the hottest new products. In our store, we have no limits on the redemption amount. We view this promotion as an overwhelming positive for everyone.”

Other shops posted on social media that card collectors are going all in.


Rbicru7 (St. Peters, MO)

“Safe to say @topps MVP Buyback was a huge success for local collectors today on #SmallBusinessSaturday ! RbiCru7 issued $3220 in store credit out to collectors today who turned in these cards for the #ToppsMVPBuyback program.”


Louisvillesportscardsshop (Louisville, KY)

“Not a bad start to the #new @topps MVP buyback program during the first two days!”


Li.sportscards (Albertson, NY)

“One of (the) customers turned these cards into $640 today – thanks @topps for this incredible promotion!”

Ryan Johnson (@CardCollector2), co-host of ONE37pm’s Card Talk and owner of a card shop in Grove City, Ohio, discussed the Topps MVP Buyback program on this week’s ONE37pm Card Talk Pod.

“Is Fanatics committed to the long term health of local card shops?” Johnson asked on this week’s ONE37pm Card Talk Pod. ”This is a big deal if you’re a card store owner. Fanatics/Topps is incentivizing people to go to your local card shop. That’s pretty cool.”

SlabStox Bottom Line: Score two for Fanatics/Topps on creativity and commitment to the card market. One of the big questions when Fanatics acquired Topps was if the company would get behind local card shops. The Topps MVP Buyback program appears to go a long way in cementing three things: 

  • Keeping card collectors excited about the hobby 
  • Building lasting connections between collectors and local card shops
  • Creating direct relationships between Topps and local cards shops  
TAKE 3: International prospects standout in 2022 Bowman Chrome

The Bowman Chrome market has been elevated in recent years by the international side of baseball (Soto 2016, Acuna 2017, Dominguez 2020, etc). This year’s 2022 Bowman Chrome release is no different, though it has an added benefit—extreme youth. Of the 110 prospect autos in the release, 44 are of players in their teens. Of those 44, 37 are international signees which are some of the biggest names on the checklist. This makes for a high-upside product; it also makes it a risky proposition. 

One thing modern day prospect collectors like is youth. Prospects appearing in Bowman Chrome as 17 and 18-year-olds, many of whom haven’t played stateside baseball yet, are bought at astronomical prices relative to current competition and skill levels. It has potentially become the riskiest bet in sports cards. 

Top-5 Baseball Prospects (Left) vs. Top-5 ‘22 Bowman Chrome Intl. Prospects (Right)

Top-5 Baseball Prospects (as of 11/30/22)

Anthony Volpe, USA, $315

Corbin Carroll, USA, $185

Gunnar Henderson, USA, $160

Francisco Alvarez, Venezuela, $145

Grayson Rodriguez, USA, $75

Total: $880

2022 Bowman Chrome Top-5 International Teen Prospects (as of 11/30/22)

Jackson Chourio, Venezuela, $495 

Roderick Arias, Dominican Republic, $255

Samuel Zavala, Venezuela, $165

Cristhian Vaquero, Cuba, $155

Jaison Chourio, Venezuela, $85

Total: $1,155

SlabStox Bottom Line: Of the five international players listed, only one has played beyond Single-A and three have not made it to stateside ball yet. Buying players at these prices, years away from contributing to a major league team (outside of Jackson Chourio), is why baseball prospecting has become the biggest gamble in sports. Read SlabStox Blog for a full breakdown of these 2022 Bowman Chrome top-5 international prospects and a 2022 Bowman Chrome Guide.

TAKE 4: Card Category Updates

Here’s the big-picture look back at the card market for November 2022, comparing the CL50 card market index (provided by Card Ladder) to other market indexes, and a comparison of card categories:


What does this mean? The Card Ladder 50 (CL50) saw little change month-over-month, down less than 1% in November. Stocks continue to trend up as they did last month prior to the national and state elections. Cryptocurrencies were hammered by the FTX fallout.


In the card market, high-end cards dropped 11% month-over-month. Best illustrating this was the Luka Doncic 2018 National Treasures RC Logoman Patch Auto 1/1 that sold for $3,120,000 on 11/17/22. The $3,120,000 sale was the first time it ever sold publicly (via the PWCC Premier Auction), but it did sell previously in a Card Ladder verified private sale for $4,600,000 (3/1/21). Note: This sale does NOT affect the Card Ladder High-End Index and is not included in the 11% drop due to it not selling multiple times in the last year.


Looking at sports card categories, every one decreased in November, indicating a soft market in a down economy, and especially with holiday season here.

  • Hockey: Enthusiasm for hockey remains strong, even with the season well underway. SlabStox saw it first hand when the team attended the Toronto Sports Card Expo on November 10-13. Huge crowds were at this event, with the line wrapping around the building on opening day. (Check out SlabStox’s Coast to Coast Cards video from the Toronto card show.)
  • Soccer: The overall World Cup bounce never came in November. There might be opportunities, but it takes work to find them. Check out TAKE 1 (above), which goes deep into the World Cup soccer market. 
  • Baseball: Compared to other sports card categories, a 4% drop in the off-season looks like a win.
  • Double digit losers:  Football, F1 and Basketball have all declined double digits for the month. For football, veteran quarterbacks are taking their lumps and new players are emerging in a cautious market. F1 ended with another Max Verstappen win in an utterly dominant season. Basketball has struggled for the entirety of 2022, with many collectors pointing to it being overpriced in the first place.
TAKE 5: Who’s Hot / Who’s Not

Justin Jefferson’s huge month of November (480 yards, 3 TD) was highlighted by game saving/winning catches against the Buffalo Bills in an absolute thriller.


What’s worse than getting relegated to the bench when your team was 6-4? Watching the next man up (Mike White) lead your team to a 31-10 win over the Bears while having a 149.3 passer rating in the game. It’s not looking good for Zach Wilson (at least for 2022).

Looking Ahead:

The next time you’re reading a SlabStox Monthly Report, it’ll be the final report of 2022. We’ll put a bow on a wild year in the sports card market. One that really tested the strength of collectors and one which many collectors had to learn the hard way that cards don’t only increase in price. Exciting news: Next month, we will be launching the prototype version of our SlabStox 100 Index (SX100). We created this index to be more representative of the general card collecting and investing market. This index will be used to gauge the health of the market in these monthly card market reports. We hope you find value in tracking it along with us!

Sports Card Shows Worth Checking Out

Dec. 2-4: 

  • (Dec. 2-3) GG2 Sportscards Show, Springdal, AR
  • (Dec. 2-4) Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show, King of Prussia, PA
  • (Dec. 3-4) A-Z Cards and Collectibles, Clovis, CA
  • (Dec. 3) Hartville Marketplace Sports Card Show, Hartville, OH
  • (Dec. 4) West Palm Beach Sports Cards & Collectibles Show, Greenacres, FL

Dec. 9-11

  • (Dec 10) Northern Illinois Card Show, Rockford, Illinois
  • (Dec. 10) J&J All Star Sportscards Shows,Louisville, KY
  • (Dec. 10) Kokomo Card Show, Kokomo, IN
  • (Dec. 10) North Metro Card Show, St. Francis, MN
  • (Dec. 10) Bat City Sports Card Show, Austin, TX
  • (Dec. 10-11) Schenectady Sports Card Show, Schenectady, NY
  • (Dec. 11) Ramada Hotel & Convention Center Sports Card Show, Cedar Rapids, IA

Dec. 16-18

  • (Dec. 16-17) Tampa Bay Sports Card Show, Tampa, FL
  • (Dec. 16-17) Winston-Salem Toy, Hobby, Sportscard & Comic Book Mega Show, Winston-Salem, NC
  • (Dec. 17) Stevens Point Card Show, Stevens Point, WI
  • (Dec. 17) Northwest Valley Coin & Card Show, Phoenix, AZ
  • (Dec. 17) Jackson Sports Collectibles Show, Jackson, MI
  • (Dec. 17) Machinists Hall Sports Cards & Collectibles Show. Bridgeton, MO
  • (Dec. 18) Primetime Card Show, New Britain, CT
  • (Dec. 18) East Cobb Sports Collectibles Show, Atlanta, GA
December: Important Product Releases

Many product releases have been delayed by manufacturers due to supply chain issues. The release dates below are subject to change by the manufacturer. Dates provided by Cardboard Connection.

Dec 2: 2022 Topps F1

2022 Topps Stadium Club

2022 Panini Absolute Football

Dec 7: 2022 Topps Heritage High Number

Dec 14: 2021 Panini Optic Contenders Basketball 

2022 Topps Chrome Update Baseball

2022 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Complete Series: Volume 2

Dec 16: 2022 Topps Chrome Black Baseball

Dec 17: 2022 Bowman Nippon Professional Baseball 

Dec 21: 2022 Topps Chrome Star Wars Galaxy

Dec 23: 2022 Panini Eminence World Cup Soccer

2022 Topps Chrome Garbage Pail Kids: Series 5

Dec 28: 2022 Topps Chrome F1

Dec 30: 2022 Panini Mosaic Football


The Top Trading Card Grading Companies

What are the top trading card grading companies?

Card collecting is in perhaps its most eventful and promising era to date. With Fanatics on track to acquire the rights to all three major American sports – football, basketball and baseball – our favorite hobby could be heading to new heights. Keeping that in mind, it’s important to analyze the companies and industry leaders that keep cards thriving. 

Related: The Most Valuable Sports Cards Ever Sold

In the last 20 years, the hobby has become increasingly more centered towards grading and its benefits. The premise is simple: you send your card(s) to a nationally recognized company, they examine the card for its authenticity and condition, they secure it into a plastic holder, and they assign it a grade (typically 1-10). When a higher grade is issued on a card, its value can grow exponentially.

There is no shortage of companies that offer this service. However, we will be breaking down the best of the best when it comes to grading. We will showcase the pros of each company, whether it be from a price, aesthetics, or resell value standpoint.

Without further ado, let’s begin: here are the top trading card grading companies you should know about!

1. Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)

In the current state of the hobby, PSA is undoubtedly number one on the list of the top trading card grading companies. They slab over 2 million cards a year, which is more than any other company. Furthermore, when the three Gem Mint grades (PSA 10, BGS 9.5, and SGC 9.5) of a given card are compared, the PSA 10 is consistently traded at a higher value.

Founded in 1991, Professional Sports Authority was one of the earliest groups to grade sports cards. Although it faced some strenuous years in the mid 1990s, the company has since evolved into a household name. 

Now owned by Collectors Universe Incorporated, PSA offers services at the $18, $30, $50, $100, $150, $300 and $600 levels. These newly refreshed levels are promising to see in the hobby, especially when grading had been halted for almost 18 months.

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2. Beckett Grading Service (BGS)

Beckett Grading Services (BGS) is another prominent name in card grading. Unlike PSA, Beckett uses intervals of .5 to pinpoint a card’s condition. Furthermore, BGS is the first grading company to integrate subgrades – centering, edges, corners, and surface – onto their label. This offers an additional level of transparency and objectivity for the buyer.

Beckett is also among the first to offer an autograph grade on the card as well. This provides an aesthetically pleasing look for signed cards like Bowman 1st Autos and National Treasures RPAs.

Lastly, Beckett is widely known for their BGS 10 “Black Label,” which occurs when all four subgrades receive a perfect 10 grade. This will make a card’s value jump astronomically, as they are seldom seen out in the wild.

While Beckett may not have the ubiquity of PSA right now, they are still a viable and reliable option in the grading world.

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3. Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC)

To round off the Big 3, we have SGC, a group that has shown significant growth in the last 3 years. In addition to implementing affordable pricing during the pandemic, SGC’s label can be seen on the two most valuable cards ever sold. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 9.5 and the 1909 Sweet Caporal T206 Honus Wagner SGC 3 are worth $12 million and $7 million respectively. 

Part of SGC’s success can be attributed to the rebranding of their slabs. Dubbed the “Black Tuxedo,” these new holders are much more sleek and modern than their previous ones. In turn, we have seen an influx of vintage and modern cards being graded by SGC.

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Other Names to Keep an Eye On

While PSA, BGS, and SGC are definitely the big players in grading, there are some other names worth mentioning. They are as follows:

4. CSG

While new to sports card grading, CSG is part of a conglomerate that has been pivotal in alternative asset certification. Certified Collectibles Group currently grades video games, coins, paper money, comics, stamps, and of course, cards. 

The current CSG slab is an improved model of the first holder, and it utilizes rigid plastic to secure the card inside. They also integrate AI technology into their grading system, which takes human error and subjectivity out of the equation. While they may not have the prowess of the Big 3 quite yet, it will be interesting to see if they catch up in the future.

5. HGA

Hybrid Grading Approach (HGA) is another newcomer onto the grading scene, but they’ve introduced some unique concepts already. The group offers a level of personalization with each slab, as many of the labels are printed on a colorful and intricate background. They also tested a horizontal slab to accompany horizontal patch autographs. We will be on the lookout for more creativity from them in the coming years.

6. ISA

Next is ISA, a group that specializes in quick and efficient turnaround times. They also work to offer affordable rates for grading, which is a practical option for those looking to get a card slabbed without hurting their wallet.

7. GMA

Finally, we have GMA, another inexpensive alternative in the grading market. They offer fast turnaround times and substantial bulk rates, so it’s a useful option if you want to get your cards slabbed for cheap, but it won’t add much value to your cards.

Which grading company is your go-to? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter!


The Most Valuable Bo Jackson Cards of All Time

Before I talk about the most valuable Bo Jackson cards ever sold, let’s first discuss the player.

In many ways, the world of sports resembles Greek mythology. We marvel at the heroic feats of our favorite athletes. An acrobatic dunk. A toe-dragging touchdown catch. A crack of the bat sending a ball 500 feet away. The list goes on and on like the legendary tales of Greek gods and goddesses. If sports really are the modern Greek mythology, then our Hercules is Bo Jackson.

Related: The Most Valuable NFL Rookie Cards

Born Vincent Edward Jackson, “Bo” initially rose to stardom at the University of Auburn. The two-sport star won the coveted Heisman trophy as a running back in 1985. That same year, he batted an impressive .401 for the Tigers’ baseball squad. It is even rumored that he ran a 4.12 forty-yard dash during Auburn’s pro day.

Jackson’s professional career was also filled with jaw-dropping highlights. Fans vividly remember him scaling an outfield wall, trucking Brian Bosworth, and even breaking a bat over his helmet. With each game, it seemed as if Bo’s lore only increased. 

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Despite being a part of the junk wax era, Bo has remained one of the most collected athletes in The Hobby. It’s about time that we count off the 10 biggest Bo Jackson trading card sales of all time. To keep the list fresh, we are only allowing an individual card to appear once. 

Let’s dive right in – here are the most valuable Bo Jackson cards of all-time!

1. Bo Jackson 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie PSA 10: $14,000

To start this list off strong, we have the quintessential Bo Jackson grail. Topps Tiffany cards were limited edition collectors’ sets from 1984-1991, and they were printed on a premium card stock. 1986 Tiffany has a print run of around 5,000, and there are only 37 known PSA 10s of this card.  If you’ve seen one of these in person, you know just how much they pop out. Jackson’s ‘86 Tiffany has sold for as high as $14,000, but newer sales range from $10,000-12,000.

2. Bo Jackson/Mike Trout 2014 Topps Tribute Timeless Autographs /24 PSA 10: $7,200

Our next card features Bo with a very familiar face. Jackson and Mike Trout may be the two most collected outfielders of their generation, and both are exceptional athletes. Typically, Bo is paired with his era’s players on dual-autographed cards, so it is neat to see one where he’s next to a modern superstar. The PSA 10 grade is also a major plus for this thicker card, so this one is an all-around banger.

3. Bo Jackson 2012 Fleer Retro Precious Metal Gems Green /10 PSA 8: $6,300

Since its inception, the Precious Metal Gems (PMG) insert has been a favorite of many modern basketball and football collectors. While Mr. Jackson doesn’t have any PMGs from his playing days, he did appear in the 2012 Fleer Retro Collegiate set. This card, which shows #34 in his Auburn uniform, sold for over $6,000 in May.

4. Bo Jackson/Gale Sayers/Emmitt Smith/Barry Sanders 2007 SP Chirography “1000 Yard Club” Auto 1/1 PSA 9: $4,440

Is there a single card with more broken tackles on it than this one? This stunner from 2007 SP Chirography showcases four masters of the backfield; all of them provide an on-card signature on this 1/1 copy. Bo is the only player on this card that’s not in the Hall of Fame. We’ll let you decide if he would be in Canton had he finished a full career in the NFL.

5. Bo Jackson 1986 Topps Traded Rookie Autograph PSA 10: $3,550

Pack-issued autographs were not yet in circulation during Bo’s early years. So, seeing his Topps Traded rookie with a sweet signature is super neat. When paired with a perfect PSA 10/AUTO 10 grade, you have a grail card for any Bo Jackson collector. While this 10 sold for over $3,500, a PSA 9/AUTO 10 can be picked up in the $500-700 range.

6. Bo Jackson 1988 Topps Rookie PSA 10: $3,050

This one is another 80s card that was hard to obtain a PSA 10 grade. Even still, Bo’s Topps Football rookie has a population of 556, which is drastically higher than his Tiffany RC.  

Jackson was famously drafted first overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1986, but he elected to begin his professional career in the MLB. Two years later, the L.A. Raiders drafted him in the seventh round, and the rest is history.

7. Bo Jackson 1986 Donruss “Highlights in White” Short Print Rookie PSA 10: $3,000

Number seven is a misprinted card that seldomly surfaces. This 1986 Donruss is one of Bo’s earliest cards, and it notes one of his early homers in Royals Stadium. This copy is special because the “Highlights” icon is printed in white instead of yellow; in fact, the card is only a POP 6 as a PSA 10, marking a huge rarity from the junk wax era.

8. Bo Jackson 2021 Prizm Black Finite 1/1: $2,733

This card makes us wonder how the hobby would react if Bo was a rookie today. He also has a card in the 2019 and 2020 Prizm set, but the 1/1s have not surfaced. The Black Finite parallel perfectly contrasts with the iconic Raiders’ black and silver, so this one is a great addition to any Bo Jackson collection.

9. Bo Jackson 2017 Immaculate Premium Patch Autograph 1/1 BGS 8: $2,460

This Immaculate patch autograph is one of the few we’ve seen with a game-worn piece of memorabilia. It’s also a prime example of buying the card and not the grade. This 1/1 last sold for $2,000 in a November 2022 Goldin Auction.

10. Bo Jackson/Deion Sanders 2022 Topps Definitive Dual Autograph Red 1/1: $2,025

The pinnacle of athletic ability resides on this card. Fans can go back and forth on who was the better athlete, but one thing is for certain: we may never see two-sport dominance like this ever again. In recent years, players like Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson have competed in both football and baseball, but neither has taken it to the level that Bo and Deion did. What a tremendous dual autograph.

Which of these most valuable Bo Jackson cards is your favorite? Do you own any of them? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter.


Cristiano Ronaldo Cards: The Top 10 to Store in the eBay Vault

The biggest event in soccer has officially kicked off. The 2022 FIFA World Cup features the best athletes in the world duking it out for their respective nations. We’ve seen the excitement for the World Cup already impact The Hobby, as many collectors are investing in soccer’s premier stars. And there’s one name you cannot miss.

Aside from his status as one of the most popular individuals on Earth, Cristiano Ronaldo is also an amazing soccer player. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has proved time and time again that he’s one of the best to ever grace the pitch. This year, he’s looking to add another accolade to his resumé: FIFA World Cup champion.

This means that now is a great opportunity to pick up some Cristiano Ronaldo trading cards to add to your collection, and eBay—the original marketplace for collectibles—has the most unique, rare and hard-to-find inventory out there. With more than two decades of expertise, it’s no doubt that eBay has the cred to deliver a full suite of physical and digital capabilities at scale. From Authenticity Guarantee to Price Guide, Collection, the eBay vault and more, eBay is the ultimate destination for trading card collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The eBay vault—a 24/7 secure facility and digital marketplace for trading card collectors with no sales tax, storage or selling fees—is the premier service in card security. Card collectors, investors and hobbyists are using the eBay vault to securely buy, sell, trade, store and invest in trading cards more seamlessly than ever before. The eBay vault enters the market as enthusiasts are increasingly investing differently and looking at collectible items—like Cristiano Ronaldo cards—as alternative assets. Single, graded trading cards and graded, autograph, relic, and patch cards purchased for $250+ on eBay in the US are now eligible for the eBay vault. 

With soccer’s biggest stage now underway, it’s only fitting that we highlight some potential Ronaldo cards to add to your collection in the eBay vault. We aimed to find a wide variety of slabs for all price points. Without further ado, let’s dive right in!

1. Cristiano Ronaldo 2002-03 Panini Sports Mega Craques Rookie

If you’re a high-end soccer collector, this card is like a Rolex: It’s a staple in the soccer-collecting community. The 2002-03 Panini Mega Craques is an incredibly iconic card that’s reached highs of over $300,000. Many of the players in Qatar this year have big card sales and a bright future ahead, but few will reach the level that Ronaldo has in popular culture.

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2. Cristiano Ronaldo/Lionel Messi 2014 Prizm World Cup Matchups

When two or more iconic players are paired together on a card, it usually works out pretty well. Much like the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird rookie card, this gem features two longtime rivals and competitors in their national uniforms. The base copies can be picked up for around $400 as a PSA 9, but some numbered parallels can reach the five-figure range. Regardless, this card absolutely deserves a spot in anyone’s collection inside the eBay vault.

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3. Cristiano Ronaldo 2020-21 Panini Impeccable Premier League Club History Autographs

As we mentioned earlier, Ronaldo is a busy guy. He has dozens of endorsements and over 500 million Instagram followers, so he doesn’t always have time to sign on-card autographs. This is especially true when players are located overseas or as popular as CR7. So, when you see a beautiful signature like the one above, you know it’s a lock for your collection in the eBay vault.

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4. Cristiano Ronaldo 2018 Panini Kaboom! Case Hit

On a similar note, the Kaboom! case hit is just as sought-after in The Hobby. Ronaldo’s 2017 Kaboom! is his first and therefore the most valuable, but this 2018 copy can usually be picked up for a lower price. No matter which year you pick, this card adds pizzazz to any eBay vaulted collection, and it’s one that collectors can rally around.

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5. Cristiano Ronaldo 2017 Topps Chrome UEFA Refractor PSA 10

2017 Topps Chrome UEFA is an influential set all around; it brought Topps back on the soccer scene, and it’s highlighted by rookies of Christian Pulisic and Kylian Mbappé. The product also included Ronaldo’s first Topps Chrome card, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. This refractor PSA 10 can be picked up for $250-$300 all day, so it checks all the boxes for any collection in the eBay vault.

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6. Cristiano Ronaldo 2018 Prizm World Cup National Landmarks Case Hit

The “National Landmarks” insert from the 2018 Prizm World Cup is very similar to the “Downtown” insert in Panini basketball and football products. It highlights all the charm of Cristiano’s home country of Portugal—including views of Lisbon and other Portuguese landmarks—for a very aesthetically pleasing slab that deserves to be vaulted and secured with eBay.

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7. Cristiano Ronaldo 2002 Panini Futebol Stickers Rookie

This is young Ronaldo’s first appearance on a card, showcasing the striker from his days with Sporting Lisbon. The BGS 9 copy shown above recently sold for $5,000, but copies in lower grades can be acquired for much cheaper. Also, this slab is preferred by some hobbyists where it is CR7’s first card. There will still be a market for this sticker long after he hangs up the cleats.

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8. Cristiano Ronaldo 2020 Mosaic UEFA Euro ‘20 Autograph

While #8 doesn’t have the on-card allure of the Impeccable auto we showed earlier, it’s still a stunning piece of cardboard. This Mosaic Silver parallel auto from 2020 can be picked up for around $1,500, which is a tenth of the Impeccable’s value as a PSA 10. It’s hard to get a GOAT’s autograph for that price in any other sport, so this one seems like a no-brainer to us.

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9. Cristiano Ronaldo 2014 Prizm World Cup Silver Prizm

There’s no modern soccer set quite as revered as the 2014 Prizm World Cup. The parallel cards, such as this Silver Prizm, still hold up as some of the best-looking cards on the market. If you want to add a nice Ronaldo pickup in his Portugal kit, this one may be for you.

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10. Cristiano Ronaldo 2003 Upper Deck Manchester United Rookie

Finally, we have a young Ronaldo in his Manchester United jersey for Upper Deck. While this doesn’t have as much value as the aforementioned Panini Mega Cracks, it’s still a $2,500 PSA 10 any day of the week. It also possesses a sleek and timeless design, so this one will hold up well in your eBay vaulted collection.

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Will you be adding any Cristiano Ronaldo cards or perhaps trading cards from other top stars in this year’s World Cup tournament to your collection in the eBay vault? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter, and @ebaycollectibles on Instagram as well!


The 11 Top Trading Card Companies to Look Out For

Wondering what the top trading card companies are? In the hobby, the only constant is change. 

Those who started collecting in the last ten years know all about Panini, the current leading manufacturer of NBA and NFL cards. But over time, the top dogs in the industry have frequently changed based solely around who was the current owner of the league licenses. 

It’s important to note that the hobby is in the midst of yet another massive shift, with Fanatics set to take over the rights to three of the four major sports (NFL, MLB and NBA). Their first hobby altering deal took place in August of 2021, when they acquired the MLB rights away from Topps, causing their $1.3 billion dollar SPAC with Mudrick Capital to collapse in a matter of days. They would later purchase the sports and entertainment division of Topps, meaning that they will continue to produce the iconic Topps brand.  

These new Fanatics licenses cut the leagues and their player’s associations in on the action as partners, a move that will likely ensure collectors even greater access to players, game worn memorabilia and autographs in the future. For the first time ever, the leagues and players will have some skin in the game.

While the future of the hobby looks very bright, let’s take a look at the top trading card companies of the present and past.

1. Panini
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Perhaps none of these trading card companies have made as big of an impact in the modern era of the hobby than Panini. Originally founded in 1961, Panini first found its footing in the FIFA World Cup. The group partnered with FIFA in 1970 to produce a World Cup sticker collection, which is still manufactured today. These stickers have even served as rookie cards for prominent players like Diego Maradona, Ronaldinho, and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Many U.S. collectors are familiar with one of Panini’s subsidiaries, Panini America. They began printing NBA-licensed cards in 2009 after acquiring Donruss, another revered trading card company. This led to the creation and expansion of some of today’s most prevalent products like Panini Prizm, National Treasures, and Flawless.

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Today, Panini remains one of the premier names in collectibles worldwide. They have kept their grasp on the soccer world while expanding into football and basketball in the U.S. While the state of the hobby may alter in the next few years, these aforementioned products will be sought after for years to come.

2. Topps
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Topps began producing trading cards in 1950 as a way to increase sales of their flagship product, Bazooka Chewing Gum. These cards featured Western character Hopalong Cassidy. Their first baseball cards were released in 1952, with that set featuring the hobby’s most iconic and recognizable card, the Mickey Mantle rookie which recently sold as an SGC 9.5 for $12.6 million dollars.  

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Throughout the last 70 years, there have been many subsets under the Topps umbrella. We’ve seen the brand dominate the sporting world, but they’ve also delved into popular culture. Batman, Elvis, Luke Skywalker, and Queen Elizabeth all have a valuable card made by Topps. 

Moreover, they’ve encouraged innovation with products such as Topps Stadium Club and Topps Finest, which were both huge hits in the 1990s. In recent years, the company has maintained relevance in Formula 1 and soccer. And of course, they still create quality baseball products with their flagship releases and Bowman Chrome boxes.

3. Bowman
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Bowman reached the height of their early popularity in the 1940’s, over a decade before Topps came on the scene. The 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle is technically Mantle’s true rookie card, and even though it doesn’t command the type of value as the 1952 Topps, a PSA 9 sold for $1.4 million dollars.

Bowman actually sued Topps in Federal Court in 1951 over alleged infringement on their trademarks, unfair competition and contractual interference, but the claims were rejected by the court.

In 1956, after years of contractual fighting, Bowman was acquired by Topps, which shelved the brand for over 30 years before reintroducing it in 1989. These cards were bigger than normal Topps cards, with the chase being a rookie phenom named Ken Griffey Jr.

In the years following, Bowman has become a mainstay with Bowman paper and Bowman Chrome rookies typically being the first cards produced of young up-and-coming players. 

4. Upper Deck
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Upper Deck was founded in 1988 and introduced some brand new concepts and a greater attention to quality in the hobby. Their inaugural 1989 set featured foil wrappers instead of wax paper, as well as a small hologram on the back of the card that made it near impossible to counterfeit. The iconic Ken Griffey Jr. Star rookie card was in this set and is currently the second most graded card of all-time by leading grading company, PSA. 

In 1990, Upper Deck was granted licenses by the NFL, NHL and NBA, becoming the first on this list of trading card companies in over a decade to own all four licenses at the same time. 

Seven years later, they were the first company to introduce game-used swatches of jerseys into cards in their 1997 Upper Deck Basketball set. This completely changed the collecting game, and in 2003-2004 (LeBron James’ rookie year), Upper Deck Exquisite was born. Packs of Exquisite sold for $500/each, which was an astonishing amount at the time. They contained just five cards, including one rookie patch auto card numbered to either 99 or 225. There were also RPA parallels numbered to the player’s jersey number. 

One of these LeBron James RPA’s numbered to /23 sold at PWCC in April of 2021 for a staggering $5.2 million dollars.

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Currently, Upper Deck only has the rights to produce NHL cards in the four major sports. They also produce some golf cards, as well as entertainment cards such as Marvel, Space Jam, AEW and a few other smaller sports. 

They are currently most well-known for their exclusive memorabilia contracts with iconic athletes such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid and Serena Williams. Because of these deals, no other trading card company can include autos of any of these players in any set. Michael Jordan’s $14 million dollar deal that he signed with Upper Deck in 2000 included his trading card rights, meaning Panini has not been able to feature MJ on any of their cards.

5. Fleer
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Fleer Trading Cards is a now-defunct company that was founded in 1885. They are rumored to be the first trading card brand to integrate gum into packs of cards. If you were dared to chew on a 30-year-old stick of gum from an old wax pack, you can thank Frank H. Fleer for that. 

Throughout the brand’s history, they were a titan of the hobby and responsible for some of its most valuable cards. Widely regarded rookie cards of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Jerry West all have a Fleer logo on them.

Also introduced in 1997 was their Skybox Metal Universe, which contained the wildly popular Precious Metal Gems inserts. 

The company was eventually purchased by Upper Deck in 2005, but their influence on the hobby cannot go unnoticed.

6. Donruss
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Donruss was another one of the major trading card companies of the 20th century. Founded in 1954, the corporation created many staples of the hobby today, including the “Rated Rookie” emblem.  

We mentioned that the brand was acquired by Panini in 2009, but its name and likeness is still used today. Football, basketball, baseball, and soccer all have their own Donruss flagship product. Furthermore, Panini introduced Donruss Optic in 2016, a set that utilizes the iconic design of Donruss with an opti-chrome coating for the card.

7. O-Pee-Chee
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O-Pee-Chee, a brand widely known for their imprint in ice hockey, began creating trading cards in the 1930s. In that time, they partnered with Topps to release flagship designs with the O-Pee-Chee branding in Canada. The group had Canadian roots, so they were able to dominate collectibles in the northern markets.

The most popular and valuable O-Pee-Chee card is a 1979 Wayne Gretzky rookie. A PSA 10 graded example sold privately for $3.75 million. Today, the company no longer exists, but their name is still used for many Upper Deck hockey products.

8. Leaf
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Leaf Trading Cards was founded in 2010 by owner Brian Gray. However, the brand has no affiliation with the Leaf cards of the 1940s and 1950s. While Leaf lacks many of the logos and licensing for professional sports, they are able to make many products that center on autographs. 

The group produces football, basketball, hockey, baseball, MMA, and non-sport products that contain an abundance of autographs. This has proved to be an alternative for collectors who want a signature of their favorite player for an inexpensive price.

9. Score
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Score trading cards first burst onto the scene during the junk wax era of the late 1980s. Their products were praised for its bright bordering and extensive player biographics, which weren’t often seen in Topps, Fleer, or Donruss cards at the time.

The set was originally a subset of Pinnacle Brands, who were later purchased by Donruss Playoff. Today, the Score logo is still seen on some lower-end football and basketball products.

10. Futera
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The Futera brand was established in 1989 and currently positions its markets in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. The company is primarily known for their soccer production, but they have some baseball releases as well.

They also have a foothold in the NFT world with their Futera United set. The brand allows collectors to purchase a physical copy of their own Futera avatar. This enables a new level of personalization in the hobby that we don’t see anywhere else.

11. Sage
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Finally, we have Sage Collectibles, a group largely focused on the collegiate sports market. While their cards do not have logos of NCAA teams, they are able to secure autographs of players before they blossom into professional stars.

Sage products are often sold in major retailers as blaster boxes, which are a cheaper alternative to pricier hobby boxes.

Which one of these trading card companies is your favorite? Did we miss one of the smaller ones that you enjoy? Shoot us a tweet @cardtalkpod on Twitter or Instagram and let us know!


Holiday LEGO Sets: The Best for 2022

What are the best holiday LEGO sets to look out for this year?

With the most joyous time of the year upon us, it’s no surprise that LEGO continues to dominate the toy space with more great holiday themed sets!

Related: Best Holiday Themed LEGO Sets of 2021

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The time has arrived for making a cup of hot cocoa and hanging out with family and friends, but why not bring some LEGO fun to the party? Here’s every LEGO Holiday 2022 product on the shelves for you to build this season: 

1. Holiday Main Street

Every year, LEGO offers a Holiday-themed set targeted at advanced builders under the “Winter Village” banner. This year’s build is the instant classic Holiday Main Street – complete with six minifigures, a music store, a toy shop, a Main Street centerpiece and a trolley that can be motorized and run on train tracks (sold separately.) 

2. Santa’s Sleigh

At $39.99, this may be my personal favorite Christmas LEGO set of all time. Totaling at 343 pieces, this set gives you four large reindeer, a sturdy sleigh build, and the Kris Kringle himself to steer the sleigh. A perfect set at the perfect price point makes this one an easy purchase! 

3. Wintertime Polar Bears

The perfect stocking stuffer, this $12.99 set offers two adorable polar bears hanging out at the North Pole with a small Christmas tree, a sled, and even a red scarf that might make you thirsty for some Coca-Cola… 

4. Santa’s Visit

Another installment in the aforementioned Winter Village line, this set offers a ton of play value and display value. It’s priced exceptionally well at $99.99 for nearly 1450 pieces, which makes this a great gift for any builder with a little experience under their Santa belt. 

5. Christmas Tree

Whether you’re building a minifigure-sclae Rockefeller Center or you want something small to spruce up your home, the 784-piece Christmas Tree is a great way to get festive without dedicating a ton of space to your display.

6. Christmas Wreath 2-in-1

Perfect for hanging on your door or laying on your table as an Advent wreath, this leafy built offers quite a bit for it’s $39.99 price tag. Admittedly, this is not my favorite holiday set, but I do love the fact that it can be hung – a rare feat for a LEGO set! 

7. Penguin and Snowflake Ornaments

Many years back, LEGO started offering brick-built ornaments, and it’s hard to imagine a better holiday pairing. Who wouldn’t want to build their own ornaments?! 

Let us know which of these set(s) you’ll be building this Christmas, and always, feel free to hit me up on IG for recommendations or suggestions! 


The Most Valuable Kobe Bryant Cards of All Time

Before we dive in to the most valuable Kobe Bryant cards of all-time, let’s discuss the player.

Kobe Bryant’s career lasted 20 years, each filled with jaw-dropping moments and unmistakable glory. His career accolades are not news to anyone, but here’s a reminder: dunk contest winner, MVP, two-time Olympic gold medalist, 81 points in a single game, and 60 points in his last contest. Oh, and how about five rings for good measure.

The Black Mamba’s on-court achievements are etched into basketball’s history forever; however, the inspiration he instilled in millions of fans made him even more legendary. We all remember trying to emulate Kobe’s fadeaway in the backyard, and we all remember not being able to do it quite like him.

Since his tragic passing, Bryant has remained one of the most heralded and collected athletes in sports.  Whether it’s the shoes, the jersey, or the cards, fans have many ways to remind them of their favorite Kobe moment.

Today, we are highlighting the 20 biggest Kobe Bryant card sales of all time.  To keep the list fresh, we are only allowing an individual card to appear once.  Let’s jump right in and show off the most valuable Kobe Bryant cards of all-time!

1. Kobe Bryant 1997 Skybox Metal Universe Green Precious Metal Gems (PMG) /10 BGS 8.5: $2,000,000

First on our list of most valuable Kobe Bryant cards is this Emerald PMG! Since its inception, the Precious Metal Gems (PMG) insert has been a favorite of many modern basketball collectors. This 1997 Kobe Bryant Emerald is the pinnacle of that PMG fandom. A BGS 8.5 grade, the copy is numbered /10 and sold for $2,000,000 privately this year. That marks the highest sale for any Kobe Bryant card or any Precious Metal Gem, and it will be interesting to see how the PMG market grows in the future.

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2. Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Chrome Rookie Refractors BGS 10 Black Label: $1,752,000

This Kobe refractor rookie is cherished for its remarkable condition. The BGS “Black Label” 10 grade is the most difficult and distinguished grade to receive in the entire hobby. It’s no surprise that this stunner reached a seven-figure sale price in 2021.

The 1996 Topps Chrome basketball set is notorious for “hulking,” which is when the players on the card develop a greenish tint over time. Chromium technology was still relatively new, so leaving these cards exposed to harmful rays would cause them to fade. Fortunately, this marvel remains in perfect shape over 22 years later.

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3. Michael Jordan/LeBron James/Kobe Bryant 2006-07 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection All NBA Access Triple Logoman (1/1): $1,680,000

If you ask for a top 10 list from a basketball fan, it’s likely that all three of these players will be on it.  The card above is the only triple logoman of Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron to ever hit an auction, and it is a stunner.  While many were chasing the infamous LeBron Triple Logoman, it seemed as if this one flew under the radar.  This trio hasn’t appeared on cardboard together since the 2000s, and rare memorabilia like this almost never surfaces.

Nevertheless, this PSA-graded copy sold during an August auction at Goldin for $1.68 million.  All three logoman patches are game-worn, and it is unlikely that a card like this will be made ever again.

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4. Kobe Bryant 2002-03 Upper Deck NBA Logo Mania BGS 9/10: $922,500

Next, we have the first-ever Kobe Bryant logoman. The 2002-03 NBA Logo Mania set featured premium patch autographs of Bryant, Air Jordan, and many other superstars. When you think about the crazy LeBron Logoman chase from last year’s Flawless, it’s easy to say that this set was appropriately named.

This is also one of the few Kobe logoman cards that came from a #8 jersey, which he wore until the 2006-07 season.

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5. Kobe Bryant/Kevin Durant 2007-08 Exquisite Dual Logoman Autographs 1/1 PSA Authentic: $726,000

Bryant and Durant definitely stem from different eras, but the latter has named Kobe as one of his favorite players. Yet, they both had the ability to take over a game offensively at any point. 

This 2007 Exquisite dual logoman autograph is a rookie for KD, who is shown in his Seattle Supersonics uniform. It contains dual on-card autographs and game-worn patches, so it doesn’t get much better than that.

6. Kobe Bryant 1996 Skybox E-X2000 Credentials /499 Rookie PSA 10: $617,460

This is one of those cards that you just have to see in person. 1996 E-X2000 was incredibly innovative; it utilized bright colors and an acetate finish to really make the players pop out. The sleek design did make them tough for grading, however, so seeing the “Credentials” parallel in a PSA 10 is truly outstanding.

7. Kobe Bryant/Michael Jordan 2000 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Combo Patch Auto BGS 8.5-Auto 10: $516,000

At seven we have a classic patch auto of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.  This is the first set where the pair have dual autographs, so it is still widely collected to this day.  For us, it symbolizes a passing-of-the-torch for two of the greatest shooting guards in NBA history. 

The card contains two game-worn patches and on-card autos of Air Jordan and The Black Mamba.  It last sold at a Heritage auction for $516,000 in 2021.

8. Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Flair Showcase “Legacy Collection” Row 0 Rookie #008/150 BGS 10: $430,500

This rookie is special because it’s in the coveted BGS 10 grade, but it is also limited to 150 copies. Furthermore, of those 150 copies, this stunner is #008 in the set, which was (one of) Bryant’s jersey numbers.  The impeccable grade and jersey number give this card an additional premium; it sold for over $430,000 in 2021.

9. Kobe Bryant 1997 Skybox Metal Universe Red Precious Metal Gems (PMG) /100 Autograph PSA Authentic-Auto 9: $403,664

While the aforementioned green PMG may be rarer, you cannot go wrong with the sheer eye appeal of the red parallel.  The colors are sharp, and they contrast against every player’s uniform perfectly.  Additionally, this copy is the only autographed Kobe PMG to ever sell at auction.

These Precious Metal Gems only come up for sale about once a year, so there is typically a good premium paid by avid collectors.  Case in point, this beautiful PSA Authentic/Auto 9 copy sold for over $400,000 earlier this year.

10. LeBron James/Kobe Bryant/Michael Jordan 2004-05 UD Trilogy 1-2-3 Combo Clearcut Autographs BGS 10-Auto 10: $387,600

Much like the triple logoman of these three, this card is also not one you see very often.  And even if they all are on an autographed card together, it probably won’t be accompanied by a BGS 10 grade.  Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron are woven into the fabric of basketball’s lore.  Each has inspired millions, and we’ve all spent hours trying to emulate their moves in the driveway.  This incredible gem last sold for $387,600 during a Goldin auction.

11. Kobe Bryant 2003 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos Patch Auto /75 PSA 10: $360,000

We will die on this hill: there is not a better-looking autograph set than the 2003 Exquisite Limited Logos. The design, the jumbo patches, the on-card signature – it’s just perfect.  Plus, this card is printed on thicker cardstock, so achieving a PSA 10 grade is nearly unheard of.  

12. Kobe Bryant 2015-16 Panini Prizm Black 1/1 BGS 9.5: $324,000

#12 features the first Kobe card from the 2010s, and it’s his last 1/1 Prizm from his playing years.  In the Mamba’s last season, he put up 17.6 PPG. This included a 60-point masterpiece against the Utah Jazz in his last-ever game. While they still produced Kobe Prizms in 2018 and 2019, this card has kept its premium.

13. Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant/LeBron James 2004-05 SP Signature Edition Triple /25 BGS 8.5-Auto 10: $322,260

Another triple auto of Jordan, Bryant, and James is featured above. While it doesn’t have a BGS 10 grade like the one we saw early, it is still a grail card for just about anyone reading this list. It features clean signatures from three players who dominated their respective eras.

14. Kobe Bryant 2008 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor /50 PSA 10: $312,000

Topps Chrome basketball was known for utilizing amazing photography, and this may be the best example. We see the veteran Kobe get to back down young LeBron before one of his patented fadeaways. At the same time, the entire backdrop is filled with awestruck fans. A card like this could hang up at the Louvre.

15. Kobe Bryant/Michael Jordan/LeBron James 2008 SP Authentic “Sign of The Times” Triple Autograph /10 PSA 8.5: $300,000

Our final triple auto of this trio may contain the best signatures of them all. Each of these players delivered a strong, bolded John Hancock, so this would probably be a lot higher on the list if it received a higher grade.

16. Kobe Bryant 2000 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Patch Auto /8 BGS 9: $288,000

This is one of Kobe’s earliest pack-issued patch autographs, and the numbering was hand-drawn by the Black Mamba himself. The action shot encapsulates Bryant as he goes up for the finish against Reggie Miller. It received a BGS 9 grade and sold for $288,000 last year.

17. Kobe Bryant 2013 National Treasures Colossal Logoman Signature /2 PSA 8-Auto 10: $248,460

Number 17 is yet another Logoman, but it certainly isn’t as pricey as the others on this list of most valuable Kobe Bryant cards. This gorgeous patch auto comes from 2013 National Treasures, a set that featured high-dollar rookies of Giannis Antetokounmpo. But if you pulled this from an NT box, we’d guess that you’d be feeling pretty good about how it turned out.

18. Kobe Bryant 2007-08 UD Black “Numbers Autographs” 1/1 BGS 9: $240,000

While this may not be a Logoman patch, the “2” in Bryant’s jersey isn’t so bad either. We also see Kobe’s signature along the jersey, and the card itself is a 1/1. This is a grail for any Kobe collector.

19. Kobe Bryant 2014-15 Panini Prizm Black 1/1 PSA 9: $206,400

This 1/1 Prizm is another modern Kobe card that you don’t see every day. 2014 Prizm does a great job of cutting off the background and letting the players be the center of the card. We think that it is one of the better designs to date, and this $200,000 card is a very strong reminder.

20. Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Finest Rookie Gold Refractor BGS 10: $206,000

Finally, we have another sought-after rookie card from Bryant’s ‘96 campaign, the Topps Finest gold refractor. There are so many commendable parts of this card. The yellow border matches well with that Lakers gold. The background makes it seem like Kobe is floating in the air. 

However, the best part of this card is seeing a young phenom from Lower Merion High School who was about to make his mark on the world and change basketball forever. 

Do you have any of the most valuable Kobe Bryant cards in your collection, or any rare or interesting ones that didn’t make the list? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Twitter and Instagram!


Weston McKennie Cards: The Top 10 to Store in the eBay Vault

The biggest event in soccer is only days away. The 2022 FIFA World Cup—held in Qatar—will feature the best talent in the world duking it out for their nation. We’ve seen the excitement for the World Cup already impact The Hobby, as many collectors are investing in soccer’s young stars.

Weston McKennie is undoubtedly a name to keep an eye on this fall. The 24-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the premier talents on the U.S. Men’s National Team. The U.S. missed qualification for 2018’s World Cup, so McKennie and Co. will be looking to make their mark in Qatar.

This means that now is a great opportunity to pick up some Weston McKennie trading cards to add to your collection, and eBay—the original marketplace for collectibles—has the most unique, rare and hard-to-find inventory out there. With more than two decades of expertise, it’s no doubt that eBay has the cred to deliver a full suite of physical and digital capabilities at scale. From Authenticity Guarantee to Price Guide, Collection, the eBay vault and more, eBay is the ultimate destination for trading card collectors and enthusiasts alike.

The eBay vault—a 24/7 secure facility and digital marketplace for trading card collectors with no sales tax, storage or selling fees—has quickly become the premier service in card security. Card collectors, investors and hobbyists are using the eBay vault to securely buy, sell, and store trading cards more seamlessly than ever before. The eBay vault enters the market as enthusiasts are increasingly investing differently and looking at collectible items—like Weston McKennie cards—as alternative assets. Single, graded trading cards and graded, autograph, relic and patch cards purchased for $250+ on eBay in the US are now eligible for the eBay vault. 

With soccer’s biggest stage only days away, it’s fitting that we highlight some potential Weston McKennie cards to add to your eBay Vault. We aimed to find a wide variety of slabs at different price points. Let’s dive right in!

1. Weston McKennie 2018 Topps Chrome UEFA Rookie Gold Refractor /50

To kick this list off, we have what many consider to be McKennie’s true rookie card. The 2018 Topps Chrome UEFA features a simple yet crisp design, and the product also contains superstar rookies of Jadon Sancho and Joáo Felix. #83 in the set shows a young Weston McKennie in acrobatic fashion.

This particular copy, the gold refractor, is limited to a print run of just 50. It has sold for as high as $2,900, but currently trades in the $1,000 range

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2. Weston McKennie 2018 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Orange /99

The Rated Rookie emblem is one that transcends all sports. From Ken Griffey Jr. to Luka Doncic, the RR logo can be seen everywhere in The Hobby. Soccer is no exception. The 2018 Weston McKennie shown above is an orange parallel numbered to 99 copies. The card shows the young midfielder in action for the USMNT during an exhibition. 

This slab last sold for $690 in June; with its low print run, it will be hard to find one in that coveted PSA 10 grade. However, other graded copies are available for sale on eBay. We’d recommend any of these numbered Optic rookies for the eBay vault.

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3. Weston McKennie 2018 Immaculate Rookie Patch Autograph /99

Third, we have what is likely the toughest grade on this list. Cards with a thicker stock, such as Immaculate, National Treasures and Flawless, are notoriously difficult to grade. So, seeing this true RPA of the Juventus star in a Gem Mint 10 made us immediately add it to the list.

McKennie’s Immaculate RPA is a mere POP 2 as a PSA 10, but any graded copy of this card will look great vaulted.

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4. Weston McKennie 2018 Topps Chrome Bundesliga Rookie Autograph Blue Wave /75

This has to be the most visually striking card on this list. The blue wave autograph from 2018 Topps Chrome Bundesliga shows McKennie playing for his former team: FC Schalke 04.

While there are only 75 of these stunners in circulation, we’ve seen them trade multiple times in both a PSA 9 and BGS 9.5 grade. They range from $400-$800 now, but those prices could increase exponentially if McKennie can excel in Qatar.

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5. Weston McKennie 2018 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Red Velocity /50

Next up is another marvelous parallel from 2018 Donruss Optic. This low-numbered red velocity copy perfectly contrasts the USMNT jersey, and it has a recent sale of only $412 from November. Compared to the prices of other World Cup stars, this seems like a steal. If you can pick one of these up graded, it becomes another worthy candidate for the vault.

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6. Weston McKennie 2022 Prizm World Cup Manga Case Hit (Graded)

The 2022 Prizm World Cup set is still hitting hobby shops nationwide, but it will no doubt be collected for years to come. Certain hits from the 2014 and 2018 products have reached record sales for modern soccer cards, so who knows what’s in store.

This year’s boxes are the first soccer cards to feature the manga case hit, which draws inspiration from the popular Japanese art form. The insert was first featured in 2021 Prizm Football, and players like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes were quick to reach five-figure prices. 

If you can find a clean, raw copy of this stunning McKennie insert, we recommend slabbing it and sending it right to your eBay vault.

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7. Weston McKennie 2018 Panini Treble Rookie Gold /25

The Panini Treble set may not have the popularity of Prizm or Topps Chrome, but it features rookies of several prominent soccer superstars. Furthermore, the one and only Treble product released in 2018, so finding these in the wild can be difficult. Be on the lookout for any numbered McKennie rookies from Panini Treble as we approach World Cup season.

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8. Weston McKennie 2018 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Holo Autograph

We talked about the Rated Rookie influence earlier—coupling that with a signature gives the card even more appeal. There are only four of the  PSA 10 copies shown above, but PSA 9s have traded in the $400-$500 range. Regardless, this card has tremendous potential for growth in the coming weeks, so what better place to store it than the eBay vault?

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9. Weston McKennie 2019 Obsidian Matrix Patch Auto PSA 10

Autographed? Check. Team USA patch? Check. Match-worn? Check. PSA 10? Check. 

This Obsidian Matrix patch auto set meets all the criteria for our list. The copy shown above is numbered to 10, but finding any of these cards graded will look great in an eBay Vault.

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10. Weston McKennie 2018 Topps Chrome UEFA Purple Refractor PSA 10

Lastly, we have a relatively affordable, yet aesthetically pleasing rookie card. The purple refractor from 2018 Topps Chrome UEFA has a print run of 250 and a PSA 10 population of just 17. You can pick up one of these rookies for $275-$350 on eBay right now.

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Will you be adding any Weston McKennie cards to your collection in the eBay vault? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter, and @ebaycollectibles on Instagram as well!


My Experience Flipping Cards Using the eBay Vault

Do you enjoy flipping cards on eBay as much as I do?

As a football fan and an entrepreneur, nothing is more fun than having an opinion about a player or a team and being able to turn a profit on it if you’re correct. There are quite a few ways to play it if making a few dollars is your goal.

In fantasy football, an educated and well-studied fan can parlay their research into a dominant team. If you’re lucky enough to survive an entire season through injuries and other variables, you might win your league’s trophy, cash and bragging rights. If you aren’t, there’s a good chance you’ll lose your entire buy-in. 

Flipping cards is a whole lot of fun. For example, if you decide to invest in a young player’s cards with the potential of flipping it for profit, the best-case scenario is that they break out and the card shoots up in value. But even on the flip side, where the player doesn’t perform as expected or gets injured, at least you’ve still added a rad card to your collection. Plus your card still retains value. 

When you’re flipping cards, one of the most important considerations is timing. You need to be ready and able to transact at any time, so that if the player snags a huge game-winning touchdown or has a record-breaking game, you’re ready to capitalize on the moment.

The great news is that the eBay vault is here—and it’s a card flipper’s best friend. 

With the eBay vault, instant transfer becomes a reality as card collectors, flippers and investors can now transact in real-time—eliminating the need for shipping expenses, taxes and most importantly, the time it takes to send and receive cards. You can transfer ownership immediately, so that when your player catches that game-winning TD, the new owner can purchase and take possession of that card in seconds. 

In this article, I’m going to talk you through how I started flipping the cards of one of my favorite rookies—Garrett Wilson—who just so happens to play for my favorite football team: the New York Jets. Follow along as I send a 2021 Select XRC PSA 10 card to the eBay vault—the premier, 24/7 secure facility and digital marketplace for trading card collectors with no sales tax, storage or selling fees—and then flip it. 

Why Garrett Wilson?
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Let’s start with the obvious. Garrett Wilson was selected tenth overall in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft out of Ohio State. I love investing in cards of rookies from schools like Ohio State, since the number of folks who collect those players tend to skyrocket. The Buckeyes were recently ranked the largest college football fanbase, boasting more than 11 million fans. 

Jets fans—much like myself—have been waiting for a playmaker like Wilson for what feels like decades. They’ve been equally starved for a winning team, as they currently hold the longest playoff drought in the NFL (12 years). Even with all that said, Jets fans continue to spend money: They’re second in the league for average home game attendance.

Both the Jets and Garrett Wilson have gotten off to a flying start in 2022. Gang Green is 6-4 and sits just one game behind the Miami Dolphins for first place in the AFC East. Wilson has already been named NFL Rookie of the Week twice, most recently against the Patriots two weeks ago. In that game, he caught 6 passes for 115 yards and became just the second Jets wide receiver to ever have two 100-yard receiving games in their rookie season. 

Wilson currently has 42 catches for 521 yards and 2 touchdowns, putting him on pace for an 80 catch, 1,000 yard rookie season. He has 14 catches for 217 yards in his last two games alone (vs. New England and Buffalo), meaning that he seems to be finding his groove with second-year quarterback Zach Wilson at the perfect time. 

Here’s why I think it’s a great time to buy Garrett Wilson cards: The spotlight will only shine brighter on the Jets as they stay in the playoff race down the stretch. This will give Wilson opportunities to make big plays in huge games. With their 6-4 record, plus some very winnable games remaining on the schedule (at home vs. Chicago, Jacksonville and Detroit), there’s certainly a very realistic path to 10 wins and a wild card at minimum.

What’s the Play?

Single, graded trading cards and graded, autograph, relic, and patch cards purchased for $250+ on eBay in the US are now eligible. And after doing some research, I decided to get myself a Garrett Wilson 2021 Select XRC PSA 10. There are currently only 8 of these graded a 10 in the PSA population report

In years past, XRCs came in the form of redemptions in the Select product. This meant that if you were lucky enough to open up a pack with a WR2 (2nd wide receiver drafted) XRC redemption card in it, Panini would send you the card at a later date. However, in 2021 Select, the XRCs came live in the packs. 

I was able to make a deal with a seller who had it listed at $325 or best offer, and paid a total of $255. During the checkout process, I selected the option to send my card to the eBay vault, where the card will live in my personal collection!

When Is the Right Time to Sell?

Great question. My strategy is to list it with a $399 price tag “or best offer,” hoping that if Wilson has a huge game in the next few weeks, combined with the fact that the population of this card is so low, somebody will decide to just smash the “Buy It Now” button.  

How will it all work out? That remains to be seen… Make sure to come back here next month for an update!