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All 6 of the Best ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies, Ranked

It’s one of the best and most legendary film franchises ever; the Jurassic Park films have etched their names into cinematic history. While they don’t always produce the best movies, no one can deny the franchise’s talent for creating awe-inspiring moments that keep you glued to the big screen. But what are the best Jurassic Park movies? Here are our rankings of these grand dinosaur blockbusters.

6. ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

The second entry in the Jurassic World trilogy is also, by far, the franchise’s lowest point. While most other films in this franchise range from bad to just fine, Fallen Kingdom is a terrible movie.

Returning to Isla Nublar to rescue the dinosaurs left behind following the events of Jurassic World, all before a volcano explodes, sounds like it should make for a good movie, right? Well, you’d be right, but unfortunately, in the case of Fallen Kingdom, the execution of that concept just wasn’t there.

The first half of the movie isn’t bad; any chance you get to return to an island full of dinosaurs can provide some excitement. However, the decision to leave the island behind and bring the troubles to the continental United States falls flat. The plot to auction off dinosaurs like they are illegal weapons is bizarre, and the third act taking place in a Victorian mansion, doesn’t provide the same thrills as an ordinary Jurassic Park movie.

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5. ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

Spoilers for Jurassic World: Dominion follow

While it is better than its predecessor, the finale of the Jurassic World trilogy, Dominion, again doesn’t generate the excitement that a movie in this franchise should.

Blockbuster franchises like Top Gun and Star Wars leaned on the feelings of nostalgia to drum up interest, which has worked to varying degrees. Jurassic World: Dominion attempted to do this by bringing back Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, and it is fun seeing them together on screen again, but it doesn’t make the movie much better.

Put it this way, when the main villain of your dinosaur movie is a swarm of locusts, you might want to go back to the drawing board story-wise.

There are a few moments in the movie that help it out, most notably when Claire is forced to submerge herself in a pond as a dinosaur hunts her. The camera work is excellent as it splits between the hunter above and her underneath the surface, attempting not to move.

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4. ‘Jurassic Park 3’

It goes to show just how poorly received the last two Jurassic World movies were that Jurassic Park III is higher than them on this list. What had once been seen as the worst film in the franchise, Jurassic Park III, was clunky and had script problems almost right up to the start of filming.

Bringing back Sam Neill and Laura Dern, who were not in the second film of the franchise, The Lost World, the movie was the first in the series not to involve Steven Spielberg and the first not based on a Michael Crichton novel.

The movie had various things working against it, and the messy production seemed destined for failure. However, in recent years critics and fans have warmed up to it, and it seems that its legacy isn’t as bad as one might have thought originally.

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3. ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’

Serving as the sequel to one of the greatest blockbusters of all time is no easy task, and, unfortunately, The Lost World wasn’t up to it. It’s not a very good movie, but when compared to some of the other films in this franchise, it is better than people give it credit for.

The Lost World attempts to double down on the chaos of the first movie by introducing a new island of dinosaurs, but it doesn’t quite hit the mark of Jurassic Park. It also tries to up the stakes by bringing dinosaurs to the mainland (a T-Rex in San Diego sounds pretty cool!), but the highs of Jurassic Park can’t be matched.

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2. ‘Jurassic World’

Jurassic World was just the reboot that the franchise needed. It might be incredibly similar to the original Jurassic Park in terms of stakes and plot, but as the saying goes: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Anchored by the leading duo of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World was a fun introduction of the franchise to a new generation. It is a little concerning that scientists would continue to breed newer and more dangerous dinosaurs, which is not lost on our main characters. But then again, as Dr. Ian Malcolm once put it: “your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

After all, the true villain of these movies is not the dinosaurs but rather the hubris of mankind, and, as with the original, that’s on full display in Jurassic World.

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1. ‘Jurassic Park’

You cannot beat the original.

When a discussion of “best blockbuster films” comes up, Jurassic Park is always within the discussion as one of, if not the best ever. It’s one of Steven Spielberg’s best movies and an absolute masterclass when it comes to building a sense of wonder and spectacle. Compare that to the film being terrifying too, and the combination makes for a legendary blockbuster.

The CGI and practical effects were some of the best of that era, and Spielberg truly helped bring dinosaurs to life. The winner of three Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects, Jurassic Park, in many ways, is still among the best regarding special effects.

This is all not to mention that Jurassic Park gave us some endlessly quotable lines too.

Life, uh, finds a way.

“Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

Ian Malcolm: “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs … ”
Ellie Satler: “Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.”

And on and on the quotes go.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go watch Jurassic Park for the 100th time.

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Here’s 15 Classic Films To Watch This Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! While some of you may be spending the entire day partying, others might be choosing to enjoy the much deserved day off. If you are in the latter group and are a lover of all things Old Hollywood, we’ve put together a list of classic vintage films that you can spend the day watching. If, however, you’ve never seen a classic Hollywood film, we hope this list encourages you to give it a try at some point, as there would be no current Hollywood if it wasn’t for its predecessors.

When watching these movies (especially for the first time), you’ll see the acting is among some of the finest in history, and you can even see the development of filmmaking, directing, and storytelling. Beyond that, these films are just plain entertaining and fun to watch. While not a comprehensive list of all the great films from the 1930s to let’s just say the 1960s (the 1970s sparked a couple of new eras in its entirety which we’ll definitely cover at some point), these are among our favorites. Here we go.

1. The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ruth Hussey

What a lineup. By 1940, Katharine Hepburn was one of the most profitable and booked actress in Hollywood, Cary Grant was the Mr. Suave ladies man that was in just about every film, and so was James Stewart. Ruth Hussey had a stellar career as well. Ladies and gents, this film was messy. In short, it was about a socialite on the verge of getting married when all of sudden her ex-husband decides to randomly show up. How does it turn out? You’ll have to watch and see.

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2. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Starring: Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds

If you are in an area that’s expecting rain this Fourth of July like we are, this Singin’ in the Rain is the perfect holiday movie. It’s got a great storyline, great music, and will definitely put a smile on your face. 

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3. Carmen Jones- 1954

Starring: Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte

Dorothy Dandridge was a true trailblazer for African-American entertainers, and so was Harry Belafonte. For those that don’t know, Belafonte is the creator of the “Banana Boat Song (Day-O)”. You know the Day-O chants that happen at sporting events? That comes from the “Banana Boat Song.” Anyway, this film is great. Check it out.

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4. Casablanca- 1942

Starring: Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

We aren’t going to put The Godfather on here because it’s a little too close to the start of that new era of film that we referred to earlier, but Casablanca is sort of like The Godfather before The Godfather if you catch our drift. Definitely worth checking out in our opinion.

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5. Laura- 1944

Starring- Gene Tierney

In our humble opinion, Gene Tierney is one of the most captivating yet underrated actresses of all-time. Beautiful and talented, but lived a life that at times was a bit tumultuous. She never got the credit she deserved in our opinion, but the beauty of film is that it lasts forever.

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6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s-1961

Starring: Audrey Hepburn

You want to talk about luxury? Audrey Hepburn was the literal definition of all things luxurious. Elegance and royalty oozed out of her, and she was charming in every film she was in. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is perhaps her most beloved, as it’s about a café society who falls in love with a writer.

For those that don’t know, café society members were individuals (most of whom were wealthy or looking to be) that gathered at the most upscale cafes and restaurants in New York, Paris, and London. Miniature socialites if you will. Nowadays films in the romantic genres don’t really snag academy awards, but this one was good enough to nab two with five nominations overall.

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7. Gone With The Wind- 1939

Starring: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard, Hattie McDaniel, Olivia de Havilland 

At the very least you’ve heard of Gone With The Wind, but you need to see it to really get the full effect as it remains one of the most successful films of all-time (and at one point it was the highest earning film for 25 years). Unfortunately, with the film came controversy. Segregation was still very much a thing in the year 1939, and actress Hattie McDaniel who was nominated and subsequently won an Academy Award for her performance, was made to sit in the back of the auditorium, and couldn’t even go on stage to accept her award.

There was also the issue of the depiction of African-Americans. It’s a personal choice as to whether or not you want to see the film, but there is a reason why McDaniel won the Oscar as she was brilliant. The performances of everyone else were brilliant as well.

8. Some Like It Hot- 1959

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Jack, Curtis Lemon

This was an interesting plot for sure. A saxophone player (Tony Curtis) and his friend (Jack Lemmon) witness a mafia murder, and now they have to go on the run and hide their identities. They then devise a plan to dress up as women and join an all-female band. So where does Marilyn Monroe fit into all of this? You’ll have to watch and see.

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9. All About Eve- 1950

  Starring: Bette Davis

We’ve essentially seen different variations of All About Eve through the years, which is essentially about a 40-year-old Broadway actress worried about her future who has her life turned upside down by a young fan. All About Eve received a whopping fourteen Academy Award nominations, and was one of the first 50 films inducted into the Library of Congress.

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10. Stormy Weather- 1943

Starring: Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Bill Robinson

An all-black cast in the year 1943 was essentially unheard of, making it one of the turning points of African-American cinema. This is a musical full of soulful bops that get stuck into your head instantly. The dance sequences were incredible as well, along with the fun fashion. Definitely a must-see.

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11. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof- 1958

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman

Liz Taylor ladies and gentlemen. Based on a play with the same name, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is about a former high-school athlete who injures himself while trying to prove he’s still got it. Shortly afterwards, he and his wife (Liz Taylor) take a trip to visit his dad, who starts to aggressively butt into their personal lives. 

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12. Woman of the Year- 1942

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy

For some reason, we don’t really see actor couples starring in films together anymore. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy were together for nearly thirty years, and in that time period they starred in multiple movies with one another. Woman of the Year was the first of nine, with 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner being their last. It’s definitely interesting to see their on-screen evolution with each movie over the course of those 25 years, and Woman of the Year was a fun one.

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13. The Dark Mirror- 1946

Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Thomas Mitchell

There is absolutely nothing like a 1940s/50s detective film. The scenery and music, the fedora and trench coat outfit combinations from the fellas, the stormy/rainy nights. There is absolutely nothing like it. Check out The Dark Mirror when you have a chance. 

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14. Zouzou- 1934

Starring: Josephine Baker

If you don’t have Tubi, then you may have to wait for the classic movie channels to run again, but Zouzou is worth having on your list. Josephine Baker was a tremendous talent who sang, danced, and starred in films. We won’t spoil the plot, but that talent was on full display with this one.

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15. Born to Be Bad- 1950

Starring: Joan Fontaine

One of Old Hollywood’s biggest disappointments is sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland feuding pretty much during the entire course of their lives/careers, and never collaborating on a film. These were two of the biggest actresses of their time, and never worked together (at least to our knowledge). Nonetheless, Joan Fontaine turned in an incredible performance in 1950’s Born to Be Bad. Another must-see vintage film for sure.

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We could certainly go on and on about all of the amazing films from the heyday of Hollywood, but we’d be here all day. Hopefully you are inspired to checkout some of these movies and Google more. 

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Saweetie’s Top 20 Instagram Style Moments

Today’s Diamonté’s birthday, and since she is once again throwing a really cool party that none of us are invited to, we figured we would celebrate in a different kind of way. Now if you are anything like myself, then you were first introduced to Saweetie during her time at USC. While she has since gone on to become a global superstar, she has always served looks. Today we are looking at some of her top Instagram style moments while we patiently wait for her to drop the pics from this latest birthday celebration. Let’s take a look back. 

1. USC Saweetie

USC Saweetie wasn’t anything to be played with. This business look was super chic.

2. USC Saweetie Pt. 2

That supersized art bag was something else.

Graduate Saweetie

You can never go wrong with a black dress and heels for graduation. I know dats right.

4. Money Making Mami Saweetie

Before Saweetie was being tapped by major brands as an ambassador, she was repping her own.

5. Fall Saweetie

Everybody needed a nice picture with a suburban background for the IG aesthetic back then, and Saweetie showed us how it was done.

6. Casual Saweetie

A little casual aint never hurt no body. This was such a cute fit.

7. Early Icy

Can’t stop, won’t stop, get guap.

8. L.A. Saweetie

Tell me this doesn’t remind you of Insecure.

9. Blonde Saweetie

Saweetie doesn’t go blond every often, but when she does…

10. 1970s Saweetie

This look gave 1970s L.A. on a summer day.

11. Off-White Saweetie

The blue Off-White pantsuit was an instant Pinterest moment.

12. Belly Saweetie

One time for the outfit. One time for the caption.

13. Luxury Saweetie

Yes ladies and gentlemen. She is the moment.

14. Quarantine Saweetie

One could argue that nobody did quarantine shoots better than Saweetie.

15. Friday Saweetie

No Felicia did not get to borrow the car right quick.

16. Bootylicious Saweetie

Saweetie definitely won Halloween 2020 with this Destiny’s Child recreation.

16. Airplane Saweetie

Most of us look a mess at the airport. Diamonté does not.

17. Little Mermaid Saweetie

The red hair paired with the green jumpsuit was a perfect match.

18. Calvin Klein Saweetie

Saweetie’s winter 2021 concert was decked out in Calvin Klein everything.

19. Courtside Saweetie

Looked were definitely served courtside this past January at the Crypto Arena.

20. Grammy Saweetie

And when you are nominated for two Grammys, you’ve gotta show up and show out.

Happy birthday Saweetie! Hope it’s a good one.

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NFT

How To Disconnect Your Wallet

When people talk about disconnecting a wallet, in some cases, they mean removing it from a service. In other cases, they simply suggest removing access given. We will cover both below to help you with wallet security. So if you are like me and have used your hot wallet to connect to hundreds of websites or dApps this is something you may need to do. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Doing a quick search around the internet there does not appear to be a ton of information available on how to disconnect your wallet. Either from dApps (decentralized applications) or the individual wallet programs themselves. The most common one and subsequently the easiest to disconnect is Metamask while the hardest goes to the centralized Coinbase Wallet.

Metamask
Metamask


To disconnect your Metamask wallet from a website, you must open up your Metamask. Then go up to the kebab menu (the three vertical dots) and click on that.

Next, you have to look down towards the bottom of the menu. There you will see “Connected sites” where you can search through a list of websites. Once the website is found just click it and you will be disconnected.

Note: When it comes to removing or disconnecting a wallet from Metamask it must have been one that was imported into Metamask. It cannot be a native meta mask wallet. If it is an imported wallet you can go to the top of your Metamask and click on the name of the account. That will allow you to switch accounts. The wallet can be removed by clicking the kebab menu and looking down towards the bottom. You should see the option to remove the account. The warning here is that once removed, you will have to use your seed phrase to recover your wallet if there is a plan to return to Metamask.

Coinbase
Coinbase Wallet

When using Coinbase Wallet, you want to open the wallet app and look towards the bottom. That is where you should see the options gear. Click then Scroll down until you see “Connected apps.” Open that menu. You should see a list of applications. 

Coinbase

This is where you can sever the connection to any dApps (decentralized applications) you may have connected to. Recently Coinbase added a new dApp wallet that will allow you to connect to applications from the Coinbase app, not just the wallet. Warning with this is there is no clear way to disconnect them from your wallet.

Wallet Connect
Wallet Connect

Both Trust Wallet and Coinbase Wallet use wallet connect to bridge the gap between their wallets and web3 websites.  When you disconnect from Wallet Connect in the Trust Wallet as an example, simply go down to the bottom and click the settings gear.

Once you click the settings gear, a menu should appear in the middle of the screen. When you interact with that menu it will move into another, where you will see the ability to set new connections or a list of current connections. You need to navigate the list to find the connection you would like to remove. When selected, the next menu will offer the option to disconnect at the bottom.

When it comes to removing or disconnecting a wallet from the Trust Wallet it is fairly easy. Open the app and look for the wallet name below the value near the top. On the next menu, you can delete the wallet by clicking the trash can in the top right.  The warning here is that once removed you will have to use your seed phrase to recover your wallet to add it back to your trust wallet or any other wallet. 

Revoke.cash
Revoke.cash

It wouldn’t be a 137pm article if we didn’t leave you with some information most may not have. An industry secret a few of the whales, including a mega mutant, have used to protect their assets and secure million-dollar wallets is the website revoke.cash

Revoke.cash will allow you to revoke approvals given to the wallet, a literal lifesaver for some. That includes those given by NFTs you have purchased as well as tokens you have added. While not the same as disconnecting your wallet, revoking approvals is what some people are talking about. I highly recommend using revoke.cash before doing any changes in the access point, after an airdrop, or after minting something you feel to be sketchy.

Its interface is pretty straightforward. You connect with your wallet and select the things you would like to revoke assess from. Make sure you are one the revoke.cash site before doing anything.

There you have it folks, a comprehensive list of how to disconnect your wallet and protect your assets. Stay safe out there.

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Popular Culture

ONE37pm’s Songs To Escape the Upside Down

Somehow, one of the most notable things that came out of the first volume of Stranger Things: Season 4 was a song written by Kate Bush in 1985. “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)” smashed the charts after being featured in the series as the song that pulled Max Mayfield (Sadie Sink) out of Vecna’s grip and outside of the Upside Down. Honestly, without Kate Bush, Max would still be flailing around down there.

In that same light, we’ve gathered up some of the ONE37pm staff to explain their picks for the songs that would bring them out of the Upside Down.

“Can I Kick It?” – A Tribe Called Quest

Anyone familiar with me knows that I consider A Tribe Called Quest to be the greatest hip-hop group of all time. It only makes sense that a song of theirs would be the one that pulls me out of the Upside Down and away from the clutches of Vecna (I’m not a fan of having my bones broken and eyes gouged out.)

“Can I Kick It?,” A Tribe Called Quest’s third single off of their debut album People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, begins with a sample from Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” and never lets up from there. Q-Tip and Phife Dawg trade bars from there on out, moving and grooving to the carefully curated beat. It’s the perfect song to shake you loose from Vecna’s grip and keep your body moving until it reaches our dimension once again.

Conor Sheeran, Senior Popular Culture Editor

“The Edge of Glory” – Lady Gaga

Listen, Vecna is a pretty big queen, but Lady Gaga is even bigger.

If there’s one person who could drag me out of the Upside Down, it’s most definitely going to be her. The very first sentence of “The Edge of Glory” is “there ain’t no reason you and me should be alone tonight,” and if I’m stuck in the Upside Down being ravaged by Demobats, stepping in unidentifiable gooey stuff, and having my limbs pulled every which way by some nasty vines, I’m going to take that sentence very literally.

Honestly, you could probably just throw on the saxophone solo alone and I’d be high-tailing it out of there.

Elizabeth Pagano, Staff Writer, Popular Culture

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” – Dropkick Murphys

If I wanted a song to get me out of the Upside Down instantaneously, it would absolutely be “I’m Shipping Up To Boston.” Loud, aggressive, and passionate, this song not only gets me fired up, but I feel completely invincible when it’s ringing through my ears. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the greater Boston area, but this song just speaks to me. If you want to get me away from the menacing Vecna and back to the real world, play this song as loud as you possibly can.

Cole Keough, Editorial Intern

“The Night Me and Your Mama Met” – Childish Gambino

This song’s slow, mellow beginning lulls you into another world far from your own. It feels like cruising through the woods with your windows down without a care in the world, fully present in the moment. When you least expect it, a beautiful, distorted guitar solo enters the scene, and you know you’ve got a one-way ticket to an entirely new place. This song feels like it was born from another dimension, making it perfect for escaping the one you currently reside in.

Ezra Fuller, Twitter Manager

“Mr. Saxobeat” – Alexandra Stan

What is it the poet said? You make me dance / bring me up / bring me down / play it sweat/  make me move like a freak / Mr. Saxobeat. Underneath its glossy Eurodance sheen, Romanian singer Alexandra Stan’s 2010 bop “Mr. Saxobeat” is really evidence of the kindness of art—for 195 seconds, there’s nothing beyond the visceral, immediate thrill of being. Tellingly, the titular Mr. Saxobeat isn’t even given a real name—he’s only important in so far as what he makes us feel (i.e. like a freak). Amongst infinite uncertainty and discord, Stan clears—or maybe selects—a space where the only question is whether it’s better to be in love or in paradise. Here is a pastiche of fragile joys, a flight towards grace. Mr. Saxobeat dances us to deliverance.

Jack Tien-Dana, Staff Writer, Sports

“Big Iron” – Marty Robbins

If I had to choose one song to escape the Upside Down, it would undoubtedly have to be the 1960 Country Ballad classic “Big Iron” by Marty Robbins. I first heard this song while exploring the dystopian backdrop of Fallout: New Vegas. The song details the inevitable battle between a town’s sheriff and an outlaw known for having the fastest big iron on his hip. As they finally battle at the song’s climax and the townspeople are certain the outlaw will win, our sheriff emerges victorious. I can’t think of a better backdrop to escape the Upside Down than an epic underdog story between two of the fastest guns in the West.

Justin Cohen, Sports Writer

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Style

Bodega and New Balance Team Up on 574 Legacy

It seems almost every day New Balance reinvigorates a slept-on silhouette that you’ve never heard of before. From the revitalization of the 827 to the recent re-emergence of the 550, the sportswear giant has an immensely deep bag of classic models to pull from. But sometimes, you just want to see a fresh take on a classic shape you’ve seen your whole life. There really isn’t a more recognizable New Balance silhouette than the 574, and we’ve got a new iteration in the works. Bodega has teamed up with the sportswear giant to release two color ways of the iconic silhouette, anchored by a look book featuring Larry June. These are the Bodega x New Balance 574s, releasing July 15th.

The Bodega x New Balance 574 Legacy
Angella Choe / New Balance

Since its initial release in 1988, the 574 has become a staple of the contemporary sneaker canon due to its dependability, comfort and accessibility. It’s a sneaker that is just as appropriate in a diehard sneakerhead’s rotation as it is in the wardrobe of someone just looking for a comfy pair of kicks.

Angella Choe / New Balance

The collaborative pair of kicks from Bodega and New Balance is releasing in two color ways: yellow and blue. They’re comprised of the same era specific materials that made the shoes ubiquitous back in 1989, but with a new splash of color to bring them into 2022.

The lookbook, featuring rapper Larry June, invokes the nostalgic era from which the shoes came, featuring vintage luggage, some old school cars and more.

Angella Choe / New Balance

The shoes and look book are catered around the notion of being “internationally known and locally respected,” something embodied by Bodega, New Balance and Larry June himself.

Take a look at some of the imagery below, and read on for details on how to cop the collaborative kicks.

Angella Choe / New Balance

Angella Choe / New Balance

The kicks will release on July 15th, 2022 at 12:00 pm EST on Bodega’s site.

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Popular Culture

The SlabStox Monthly Trading Card Market Report

Welcome to the SlabStox Monthly Trading Card Market Report!

A lot has changed since SlabStox began tracking the sports card market in 2018. And for a lot of you, we’re sure the market has evolved since you started collecting. Whether you’re new to the hobby or a long-time collector, you know things are moving fast. SlabStox Trading Card Market Report is the first of its kind—we’re going to break down key factors in the card market each month so you get a sense of what’s next. It’s for anyone who wants to understand the forces impacting card-buying and selling decisions.

Each month we’ll:

  • Present data and our takeaways that illustrate the current state of the card industry
  • Co-host a live podcast with @CardTalkPod breaking down the report and debating its findings
  • Encourage you to learn, comment on, debate and share it out with your card community

The SlabStox/Card Talk “State of the Card Market” podcast premieres soon! Stay tuned to our social media for updates.

If you want to get notified when the SlabStox Monthly Card Market Report gets published, subscribe to SlabStox’s Daily Slab newsletter, delivered to your inbox every morning at 7 a.m. ET. Besides the monthly report, you’ll get daily card market news, card-sales data on trending players, and a whole lot of SlabStox curated top-auction targets. 

Enjoy, learn and share. Give us feedback–it matters and will make each trading card market report even better.

June 2022: 5 Hot Takes On Today’s Card Market

How is the card market performing in a down economy? Which card categories are hot, and which are not? Whose recent performances are driving their card values up or down? What should card collectors be thinking about next? 

Here’s our takes on the current state of the card market, based on data provided by Card Ladder.

Two time periods are used in this first report to get a sense for the overall: 

  • Monthly (6/1/22 – 6/30/22)
  • Year to Date (1/1/22 – 6/30/22)

DISCLOSURES: All market data in this report is from Card Ladder. Card Ladder is a partner of SlabStox, but operates independently, providing card collectors and investors insights to make informed, up-to-date data-driven decisions. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research before making a decision. 

Takeaway 1: Sports card index down, but outperforming the “bear market” and “crypto winter”

There has been a lot written and reported on the current state of the U.S. economy:

  • Record gas and energy prices
  • Inflationary growth that hasn’t been seen for multiple decades
  • A shift from a “bull” to a “real bear” stock market
  • Rumblings of an oncoming recession 
  • Run-up of cryptocurrency and NFTs, and a prick of the bubble

So where does that leave the sports card market? 

Card Market Year-to-Date

According to Chris McGill, founder of Card Ladder, a data platform that tracks verified card transactions from 14 marketplaces (eBay, PWCC, etc.), sports cards have been fairly flat over the last year — but down 8% in June and it has dipped 13.76% year-to-date.

Card Ladder built the CL50 Index, an index of 50 highly transacted cards, to represent the overall market. Some of the cards included are the Wayne Gretzky 1979 O-Pee-Chee RC PSA 8, LeBron James 2003 Topps Chrome Base RC PSA 10, Patrick Mahomes 2017 Prizm Silver RC PSA 10 and the Hank Aaron 1954 Topps RC PSA 5. Here’s a look at how it changed over the last two years.

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From January 2021 until March 2021, the CL50 Index doubled in value — from 16,120 (1/3/21) to 33,200 (3/7/21) in just two months. It didn’t take long to correct in value. From March to June 2021, the CL50 dropped back to 16,800 (6/27/21).

“The CL50 Index hasn’t moved much over the last year,” McGill says. “The card market had a mania in 2021–a bull run unlike ever seen before. All those gains were wiped away.

“The bear market we’re seeing in other sectors, whether it is Bitcoin or the S&P taking a hit, the card market had about 14 months ago,” he explains. “What I see happening in other markets I remember watching it real-time in the card market a while ago.”

Here’s how the CL50 Index performed to other standard market indicators:

Markets Year-to-Date (1/1/22 – 6/30/22)
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Andy Albert, owner of Indy Card Exchange, says boots-on-the-ground metrics prove there is still energy in the card market. 

“The optimism is still there and holding something tangible to collect or invest in will never go away,” Albert says, who recently organized the “Midwest Monster” card show that attracted nearly 4,000 card collectors to its first show in Indianapolis, June 17-18. 

“At our shop, there hasn’t been any dip or downturn in the number of people walking in and out,” he adds. “Obviously, people are spending money more wisely. The market is still strong but people are more selective in what they are buying.”

June 2022: 30-Day Performance

When comparing the June CL50 trend to the other months so far in 2022, it comes as the second worst performing month (-8.07%), right behind May (-8.71%).

The cards in the CL50 that have gotten hit the hardest this month are the Mike Trout 2011 Topps RC PSA 10 (-20%), Charizard 1999 Pokémon 1st Edition Holo PSA 9 (-20%) and the Oscar Robertson 1961 Fleer RC PSA 6 (-20%).

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Buying the “surefire thing” with Patrick Mahomes and Luka Doncic was praised for years, but rubber hit the road for two of their high-end cards in June, as both of them experienced a card that lost ~$500,000 since the last time it sold. Mahomes’ 2017 National Treasures Gold RC Patch Auto /10 BGS 9.5 sold for $1,080,000 on 9/18/21, but recently sold for $480,000 on 6/16/22. Luka’s 2018 National Treasures Emerald RC Patch Auto /5 BGS 9 sold for $1,000,000 on 8/2/21, but recently sold for $504,000 on 6/16/22.

SlabStox Bottom Line
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  • Playoff misses. While -8% for the CL50 and -20% for the Mike Trout PSA 10 is a substantial monthly slide, it does understate how bad June has been for some of the cards in the market. Buying cards of players that rose in price due to playing at their peak performance proved to be an incredibly bad investment, as Jayson Tatum’s 2017 Prizm Blue RC /199 BGS 9.5 decreased 45% and Jordan Poole’s 2019 Prizm Fast Break Blue /175 RC PSA 10 decreased 52%.
  • The stalled flip. Buying cards to flip within a 30-day period was next to impossible in June, as your only luck would have come with capitalizing on a hot playoff flip.
  • What we’re feeling. People are selling if they: 
  1. Need money for living expenses/savings
  2. Are substantially in the green over the past three years or more
  3. Want cash flow to make stronger plays at the The National
  4. Don’t believe in a certain card long-term (generally base cards)
  5. Want to re-invest into a different “down” card.
Takeaway 2: Baseball’s upswing + F1 surge lead card market

While overall the card market is down this year, there are some standout bright spots—hockey up 2% in June with a Stanley Cup bounce, while baseball and racing have increased since the start of the year.

Card Market Comparisons
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Baseball, while down 3% in June, has increased 3.5% for the year, outpacing other major sports—football (-8.28 / -13.40%) and basketball (-6.15% / -15.13%). 

Racing, fueled by the exponential growth of the F1 card market coming off the success of the first 2020 Topps Chrome F1 release last year, has grown the most this year (+19.22%). For June, F1 sales have leveled off, trending down a hair (-2.63%) as the season is well underway, with one team dominating (Red Bull).

“2022 feels like baseball’s turn in the spotlight,” McGill says. “2020 was the year of basketball, 2021 football exploded on the heels of Brady and the Bucs Championship. A lot of people seem to now be interested in baseball.”

Albert’s perspective is that the market, whether up or down, is largely driven by the strength of rookie classes in product sets. 

“Baseball is up because of how strong the rookie class is,” he says. “People are looking into baseball because they can buy affordable products and can get good rookie cards. Bobby Witt Jr. and Julio Rodriguez—those guys are studs and with huge upside.

“Quarterbacks dominate the (football) marketplace,” Albert adds. “People who held and invested in the QB class of 2020 are very happy.”

Some specific category highlights from June: 

Racing: All-Time High Sales for MULTIPLE drivers in June
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Each of these drivers converted an all-time high sale for a card.

  1. Max Verstappen
    • 2020 Topps Chrome Red Auto /5 PSA 9/10 – $90,000 on 6/25/22 via Goldin
  2. Mick Schumacher
    • 2021 Topps Chrome Superfractor RC Auto 1/1 PSA 10/10 – $39,600 on 6/25/22 via Goldin
  3. Guanyu Zhou
    • 2021 Topps Chrome Superfractor Future Stars 1/1 PSA 8 – $18,000 on 6/4/22 via Goldin
  4. Team Logo: Mercedes
    • 2020 Topps Chrome Mercedes Superfractor 1/1 PSA 7 – $13,200 on 6/25/22 via Goldin
Baseball: High-End Bowman Chrome Rolls On
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Some of the most important modern Bowman Chrome cards sold in June. Here are the 5 top selling players.

  1. Shohei Ohtani
    • 2018 Bowman Chrome Red Auto /5 PSA 9 – $240,000 on 6/16/22 via PWCC Premier Auction
  2. Mike Trout
    • 2009 Bowman Chrome Orange Auto /25 BGS 9.5 – $228,000 on 6/25/22 via Goldin
  3. Juan Soto
    1. 2016 Bowman Chrome Red Auto /5 PSA 7 – $144,000 on 6/16/22 via PWCC Premier Auction
  4. Christian Hernandez
    • 2021 Bowman Chrome Red Auto /5 PSA 10 – $58,200 on 6/25/22 via Goldin
  5. Marcelo Mayer
    • 2021 Bowman Chrome Red Auto /5 PSA 10/10 – $54,000 on 6/25/22 via Goldin
  • F1 benchmarks. Not only was the Topps Chrome Red Auto /5 the most expensive Max card ever, but it also was the most expensive Topps Chrome F1 Auto to ever sell. While Mick Schumacher’s sale was his “rookie,” he actually had a 2020 Topps Chrome Superfractor Auto 1/1 which was an F2 Future Stars card. The 2021 Guanyu Zhou is in the same boat as the Mick, except Zhou’s card isn’t a rookie, it’s his 2nd F2 Future Stars card. That fact combined with the sale price ($18,000) makes for a head scratcher. The Mercedes Superfractor was the first F1 Team Logo card to cross 5-figures, with the next closest sale being the Mercedes Sapphire Red /5 PSA 10 ($9,000 on 5/21/22).
  • Baseball slides. Bowman Chrome took a big hit from the peak prices, but not everything can go up forever, right? Ohtani’s Red decreased $72,000 (-23%) since the previous sale on 12/18/21. It was the exact same card (#3/5). Soto’s Red decreased $129,060 (-47%) since the previous sale 10/25/21. It was also the exact same card, and funny enough, matches the serial number on the Ohtani (#3/5).
  • Prospect prospectus. Bowman Chrome Red autos of Christian Hernandez ($58,200) and Marcelo Mayer ($54,000) sold for huge price tags. Both have only played in A-ball or below, and neither have put up impressive numbers. There were multiple bidders willing to pay $50K-plus for their red autos. Remember, just because a player is young and has tools doesn’t mean he is destined to be a star. This is a risky investment, but one that could pay off big. 
Takeaway 3: Like gold, vintage cards strong in a down market
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New to Card Ladder are Pre-war Vintage, Vintage, Modern and Ultra-Modern card indexes. What do these new categories tell us about the market? 

  • Vintage cards are holding up in a down market
  • Vintage and Pre-War Vintage cards are significantly outperforming the CL50 Index
  • Modern cards overall have slipped dramatically in 2022 (-18.76%) 
  • Ultra Modern cards have dropped double-digits in June due to a correction (-10.17%)

Vintage runs hot 

Why are Vintage and Pre-War Vintage cards holding strong? One hypothesis is the icons of this era are historically proven out and their cards are a limited resource. This makes vintage cards less risky in collectors’ eyes. Does this equate to gold, which typically runs hot during market downturns?  

“The way I look at it, the card market consists of three types of buyers—collectors, investors and gamblers,” Albert explains. “Vintage appeals to two of those three buckets—collectors and investors—because it creates stability. Twenty-five years ago the vintage market was based on emotions, but now with grading it is quantifiable and vintage is constant and stable over time.”

He also thinks it goes deeper. Vintage cards connect on an emotional level with collectors. 

“The younger generation can see the impact these players had,” Albert adds. “Jackie Robinson–you can watch on YouTube and see the impact he made. He’s an exception in every way because of the fact he broke the color barrier and is so well loved across every generation. I never see that going away.”

Some trending vintage cards in June include:

  • 1955 Bowman Mickey Mantle PSA 4.5
  • 1981 O-Pee-Chee Paul Coffey PSA 8
  • 1957 Topps Bill Russell PSA 5
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*Note: Vintage cards of the same grade can often vary in final sale price. Eye appeal is extremely important, and just because one grade sells for a certain amount does not mean the next sale of the same grade will match. That variance could contribute to certain cards rising in price quickly within one month.

A Deeper Look at Price Levels
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Surface numbers don’t always tell the full story of what is happening in the current market. While Modern and Ultra-Modern cards are taking a hit overall, it isn’t indicative of the entire market in these categories. 

For example, the Base card market has been wiped out from its peaks. Players like Luka Doncic (-25%), Ronald Acuña Jr (-47%) and Kylian Mbappé (-47%) have all gotten crushed since the start of the year on their extremely high population Base RC PSA 10s. Keep in mind, cards like the Luka Doncic 2018 Prizm Base RC PSA 10 are still nearly triple the price they were three years ago.

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Albert says these numbers reflect a market correction that was long overdue.

“There was nowhere to go from a year ago but down,” he says. “It comes back to the local card shops educating people and steering them away from Luka Doncic PSA base rookies and Zion Williamson base cards that were way overpriced. 

“​​People are spending money on the right things now, buying National Treasures, Flawless and low-number Prizm color,” he says. “They’re still spending money—what is dragging those categories down is the standard, everyday flagship stuff. It’s finding its level because it dropped so hard and so fast.”

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Where’s the floor? The Base PSA 10 market still has room to drop. While the Luka Doncic 2018 Prizm Base RC PSA 10 is $333, which could look like a deal from the peak price of $2,000, that same card used to be $40. When they were $40, there weren’t 20,000 PSA 10s flooding the market like there are now. The market is extremely smart compared to two years ago, and the trend will continue on the low supply, sought after brand cards taking all of the market money.

Takeaway 4: Big players, big performances, big rewards (and some misses)

If you follow the Ultra-Modern card market, there’s one rule worth remembering: Performance plays out. 

Here are some key players and cards we tracked and reported on in June that are outperforming the market and their competition. Likewise, we’re including some cards that have sputtered—often for the same reason: Underperformance.

Let us know in the comments what cards are your winners and losers in June.

Winners
Andrew Wiggins
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Nine seasons after being picked No. 1 in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins has made the most of his shot at redemption. He earned a starting spot on the Western Conference All-Star team (to the dismay of some fans), and in the Finals, he played a key role for the Golden State Warriors, including a team leading 26-point Game 5 on the way to the Warriors fourth title in 8 years.  For a player labeled as “lazy” and “lackadaisical” for most of his NBA career, Wiggins put on a playoff show on both ends of the court against some of the best players in the league. Now, he has a ring.

Paul Goldschmidt
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Paul Goldschmidt ended May with a Cardinals record that eclipsed some of the best hitters in the game. He finished the month with 23 extra base hits, topping Stan Musial (1954) and Albert Pujols (2003), who each previously held the record with 20. In June, Goldy has continued his hot hitting with a team-leading and career-best slash line of .342/.424/.630 with a 1.054 OPS. Holders of Goldschmidt’s 2011 Topps Update Rookie PSA 10 have been rewarded with his strong performance. It’s increased 12.91% over the last 30 days, with the most recent sale at $175. (6/28/22).

Cale Makar
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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has been nothing short of amazing during the Avalanche playoff run. Back when they clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Finals, he was praised by Wayne Gretzky. “The Great One” compared the 23-year-old Makar to Bobby Orr, considered the greatest defenseman of all-time. Makar has led the Avs throughout the playoffs with 29 points on 8 goals and 21 assists. Makar’s 2019 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie PSA 10 has skyrocketed in the last year, growing 150.64%. Makar is already a Calder Trophy winner, as he was the top NHL rookie in 2019-20. He also won the Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup at age 23.

Losers
Juan Soto
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Deebo Samuel
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Jayson Tatum
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SlabStox Bottom Line
  • Free falling. If you hold cards of players that are DOMINATING in the playoffs, you better be ready to sell if you’re looking to take profit. Once a playoff run ends (win or lose), oftentimes the cards come back to earth (or fall to the core in Tatum’s case).
  • Offseason moves. If you are extremely impressed by a player whose cards rise in the playoffs, take the offseason as the perfect opportunity to invest for the long-term. If you bought Giannis in the offseason after they blew a 2-0 series lead on the Raptors in 2019, you’d be a very happy buyer right now.
Takeaway 5: What’s Coming & What to Watch

We want to end our market report with a look ahead. Here is what’s on our mind for the coming months. Let us know what you’re thinking about—we just may cover it in our next SlabStox Monthly Card Market Report.

The Fanatics Effect

Where does Fanatics Collectibles, now holding the lion’s share of the card market including the Topps brand and most of the major sport licenses, lead the market during the second half 2022? It’s an unanswered question. 

The market has gotten a peek at some things Fanatics is rolling out—direct to consumer selling, blind dutch auctions for zerocool cards products, more transparent reporting on product runs (zerocool)—but there are many unanswered questions. 

  • When will new sports products be released? 
  • Will they be flagship brands (Topps, Bowman) or Fanatics? 
  • What is the timing of releases? 
  • What is the distribution model for local card shops? 

There are so many unknowns, but we’ll be watching.

Panini Quality

We’ve reported a number of quality issues coming out of Panini last month. Here are a few that we covered in June:

Imagine you buy a box of 2021 @paniniamerica Optic Contenders FOTL at the floor price of $675, you get your box in the mail, open it, and there’s NOTHING inside. Well, that just happened to @mikeybcards. The damaged cards are one thing, but no cards at all? Has anything like this ever happened to you? (NOTE: To Panini’s credit, they quickly replaced the empty box.)

A MONSTER Reece James Obsidian Dual Patch Auto 1/1 was hit on Obsidian Soccer release day by @tanpulls for @joeyc_cards… but @paniniamerica put the wrong autograph on it. Instead of it being an auto of the Chelsea superstar, it was Heung-Min Son’s autograph (forward for Tottenham Hotspur). Son was one of the best Premier League players this season (23 open play goals), but on such a huge card, it’s less than ideal. Would you request a replacement if you pulled this?

We’ve seen the back damage, we’ve seen the poor centering…but how about a missing corner?! @mjbreaks pulled this monster Ja’Marr Chase Prizm Gold RC /10 except the bottom right corner is chopped off. The QC on 2021 Prizm has lacked quality. What do you think this would grade?

With Fanatics Collectibles likely having more impact on the second half of the year, what does Panini need to do to step-up its game? More importantly, will they secure various sport license deals that are now running out?

The National and other shows

Some plan all year for The National. This year it returns to the East Coast—Atlantic City, N.J., July 27-July 31.

It’s SlabStox’s first time in AC (2020 was canceled due to COVID-19), so we really don’t know what to expect. Be sure to visit SlabStox at Booth 1461; @CardCollector2, Booth 1560; and @CardTalkPod Booth 1060, 961.

This is what we do know:

  • The market dynamics will be different than last year. Vendors will be picky with what they buy and attendees will be more budget conscious.
  • Shameless plug—SlabStox’s Camp Kesem Charity Night will be held through multiple online events leading up to The National and will culminate at the popular Trade Night hosted by @CardCollector2 and @RoadShowCards. To participate and contribute to Camp Kesem Charity, check out this video and watch here to see last year’s results
Card Shows Worth Checking Out
  • July 1-2
    • A-Z Cards and Collectibles, Clovis, CA
    • Fort Lauderdale Card Show, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • July 7-10
    • (July 7-9) S&B Sports Promotions Sports Card & Memorabilia Show, North Wales, PA
    •  (July 9-10)  GG2 Sportscard Show, Springdale, AR 
    • Garden State Trading Card Show, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
    • (July 9-10) Bay Area Sports Card Show, Clearwater, FL 
  • July 14-17
    • Dallas Card Show, Allen, TX
  • July 22-24
    • (July 22-23) Tampa Bay Sports Card Show, Tampa, FL
    • Battlefield Mall Sports Card Show, Springfield, MO
  • July 27-31
    • The National Sports Collectors Convention, Atlantic City, NJ
July 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.

July 1: 2022 Select UFC 

July 6: 2021 Topps Chrome Bundesliga 

July 8: 2021 Prizm NBA; 2021 Finest Bundesliga 

July 13: 2021 Topps Finest UEFA 

July 15: 2022 Prizm WNBA 

July 20: 2021 National Treasures Basketball; 2021 Optic Football; 2022 Bowman Chrome Road to UEFA U21 Euros Soccer 

July 27: 2021 Select Football 

July 29: 2021 Impeccable Premier League Soccer

August Barometer for the Card Market

This time of year is funky for the card market. We’re in the middle of the baseball season, football camp begins at the end of the month and with the 2022 basketball draft complete, all eyes are on the NBA offseason and where players move.

McGill from Card Ladder perhaps summarized it best, and it is worth sharing: 

Chris McGill

It’s a very interesting time of the year in the hobby.  There isn’t a lot of sports news and sports headlines from the Big 3 sports that will fire people up to go out there and buy cards. It’s always interesting to watch and see how it unfolds. When we start ramping up to football season and basketball season coming back, and that overlaps with the playoffs in baseball, the lead up to that will be a good test of our market. Will we see prices climb up again or not? That’s going to be the real test—August will be a good indicator of where we’re at.

SlabStox Last Word
  • Reasons to sell. Just like other markets (stocks, crypto, NFTs), people are selling for a multitude of reasons. Maybe people need living expenses, maybe people are saving for The National to buy that grail when they find it on the dip, or maybe people just don’t believe in a certain card as a long-term investment anymore.
  • Buy on the dip. While selloffs create short-term price drops, it could also create opportunities that might not have presented themselves. If you have the disposable funds, it might be time to focus on a few cards you want to stash away long-term. If you believe in the hobby and collecting for the long haul, view this as a time to secure cards you may not otherwise see for sale.
  • The X-factor. The real barometer for hobby health is not the day-to-day fluctuations in price. It’s the excitement that collectors have for not only the cards themselves, but to be involved in a great hobby with others like themselves. We experienced a tremendous amount of excitement at the Midwest Monster in Indianapolis in June, and we cannot wait to see the amount of collectors that show up to Atlantic City in July!
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Zuri Sparks Speaks On Being Multitalented, ‘Roller Champions,’ and More

It’s been amazing to see the advancement of diversity when it comes to the types of streamers featured on Twitch nowadays. There’s such a wide range of genders and races that have migrated to the platform to put their love for gaming, cooking, music, and other hobbies on full display for their loyal followers to see. Zuri Sparks is one of those entertaining individuals that has established herself as a game streamer worth paying attention to. As a variety streamer, she gets her kicks in by playing a wide variety of titles. And as she describes it, her gaming motto is as follows: “I pretty much play any game that stresses me out.” Zuri took some time to chop it up ONE37pm’s very own Aaron “Don” Dukes to have a lively chat about anything and everything geeky and non-geeky.

Aaron “Don” Dukes: You’re not just a streamer and content creator like you mentioned earlier. And an intern and stuff like that. How are you balancing all of that?

Zuri Sparks: I mean, it’s tough. At first, I was like going to school, working at the grocery store, working for my school, and then also doing this thing called “Shipped.” They deliver groceries. I was trying to do all of that and streaming all at the same time. And it seemed like those things were not adding up. Now that I’ve taken to where it’s like, one job and not three, I have more freedom. I’m able to work, set up some time to stream, and then that’s pretty much good. I just have to fill in the other part where it’s like, you know, have the time to be creative. That’s another thing – I’m also starting to do like some commission work for people. Whether it be just emotes, graphics, and whatnot. Because I’m trying to put myself out there.

Aaron: Talking about games, I’ve been seeing you play MultiVersus and I’ve been seeing you play Roller Champions. Like, how would your rate Roller Champions? Is it good?

Zuri: Okay so personally, I love Roller Champions. I played it a couple years back when it had the beta. So for me like, I’m going to keep it a buck – I would say I love it a lot. I’m going to give it an eight out of 10. Just because it’s Ubisoft and you know, everyone thinks of Ubisoft and they’re like “oh, bugs!” And it’s that, you know. Literally, a lot of bugs. But it’s like, I enjoy it a lot – I feel like it has a ton of potential. But the bugs, man! I play it on PS4 and honestly, I play it sometimes when I’m streaming and I literally can’t invite my friend. I be trying to get my friend “Cosmic” in there to play and I feel like Roller Champions honestly hears me talking. Like, c’mon – send me an invite. As soon as I say “send me an invite,” I can no longer invite any of my friends for like 10 minutes.

Aaron: Would you do that in real life? (Play Roller Champions the game in a realistic setting)

Zuri: I WOULD TRY! I’m not a big skater. Like someone was saying to me – “would you do this in real life? I see you playing Roller Champions and I want you to come out and do Roller Derby for a day and whatnot.” I would try it, but be like “please don’t knock me out! Can you do like the two-hands tackle?”

Be sure to check out the rest of Aaron’s chat with Zuri Sparks at the following link to hear her speak on amazing video game soundtracks, what she currently goes to school for, and so much more.

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Style

The 9 Best Missy Elliott Music Video Style Moments

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott. Icon, legend, fashion mogul. Since her 1990s debut, Missy has been known and respected for her unique groundbreaking fashion—especially in her music videos and performances. With today being her birthday, we wanted to revisit some of her best music video fashion moments, and we’re gonna go in chronological order, starting with one of the most memorable, “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”

1. The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly) – 1997

Beep, beep, who got the keys to the Jeep? Missy was supa dupa futuristic fly in metallic silver. This video not only produced Missy’s memorable look, but Lil Kim’s as well.

2. She’s A Bitch – 1999

A massively underrated Missy music video/look in our honest opinion. Misdemeanor was out of her mind for this one.

3. Hot Boyz – 1999

What do y’all be driving? Lexus, Benz, Bentleys, Rolls Royce’s? None of them above? Alright. The remix was sick. The visuals were ahead of its time. And that red glitter jacket…bomb.

4. Get Ur Freak On – 2001

Once again, the visuals were insane. It wasn’t the early 2000s if you didn’t have a denim and camouflage jacket in your closet, and like always, Missy did the best.

5. One Minute Man – 2001

The white bucket hat paired with the white and green shirt and pants combo was a moment. 

6. Work It – 2002

One of Missy’s best videos ever. No, scratch that. One of thee best music videos ever. Where do we start? The bee coat was insane. The blue Baby Phat-esque jumpsuit fit right in with the aesthetics of the video. In fact all of them did as a matter of fact. You know what? We can’t choose.

Sidenote: This video is hilarious. You have to really pay attention to all of the small references.

7. I’m Really Hot – 2004

Another of Missy’s finest. The all-white paired with the white makeup was a dope along with the Asian influences. 

8. Lose Control – 2005

Music make you lose control. The desert storm white tank top paired with the shorts were super nice. The 1950s dirndl dress were fun, and once again, Missy annihilated with the jumpsuit at the end by the way.

9. WTF (Where They From) – 2015

And in 2015, Missy proved that after twenty plus years in the game, she was still as stylish and creative as ever with “WTF (Where They From).

To this day, Missy continues to be a driving force in both music and style. Happy Birthday to one of the best to ever do it.

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Sports

Youngest NBA Head Coaches This Season

The NBA is changing. Well, it’s evolving. The NBA has been trending in a faster and younger direction since the early 2000’s. The average age of an NBA player continues to fall as athletes become pro-ready at younger and younger ages. It shouldn’t be a surprise that we’ve also seen a spur of young coach hirings. Just recently, the Utah Jazz made Will Hardy the youngest head coach in the league at 34 years old. So who did Hardy dethrone as the youngest head coach? Here are the five youngest head coaches in the NBA heading into the 2022-2023 season.

5.) J.B. Bickerstaff: 43 Years Old
Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach
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When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers it looked as though the franchise would be in shambles for an extended period of time. In just his second season as head coach of the Cavaliers however, Bickerstaff was on the cusp of leading the Cav’s to the playoffs. They would ultimately lose to the Atlanta Hawks in the play-in tournament. Bickerstaff has been coaching for six years now, and began his career in Houston at the age of 37. He has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2004 and was son of former coach Bernie Bickerstaff, who still works in the Cavaliers front-office.

4.) Willie Green: 40 Years Old
New Orleans Pelicans Head Coach
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Willie Green had an extremely solid NBA career, playing for 12 years and five separate franchises. Green would find the most success in his post-playing days. After his retirement in 2015, Green joined the Warriors as an assistant coach right before the 2016-17 season. He would win two championships with the Warriors as an assistant before becoming an assistant in Phoenix and helping revive their franchise. Finally, Green was named a head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans before the 2021-22 season. He helped turn the Pelicans into a playoff team and even took a couple games from the Sun’s in the first round.

3.) Taylor Jenkins: 37 Years Old
Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach
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Taylor Jenkins began his coaching career in the NBA during the 2008 season as an assistant for the Spurs G-League affiliate Austin Toros. His first year as head coach of the Toros he led them to a 27-23 record. Jenkins would then become an assistant coach for the Hawks and Bucks before taking the head coaching position in Memphis. In his third year as a head coach in the NBA, Jenkins led the Grizzlies to a 56-26 record, and was runner up for Coach of the Year. Jenkins without a doubt has the most job security on this list with the amount of success he’s seen in such a short span of time.

2.) Mark Daigneault: 36 Years Old
Oklahoma City Thunder Head Coach
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The former youngest coach in the NBA is Oklahoma City Thunders Mark Daigneault. Daigneault is a coaches-coach through and through. He began his coaching journey as a student manager at UCONN under the great Jim Calhoun. After serving his time as an assistant coach in the NCAA and G-League, Daigneault was named head coach of the Thunder in 2020. There isn’t much to say about Daigneault’s resume currently as the Thunder have been rebuilding during his tenure. It will be interesting to see how he can develop and mold the current young budding stars on the Thunder.

1.) Will Hardy: 34 Years Old
Utah Jazz Head Coach
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The new title of youngest head coach in the NBA goes to Will Hardy. The experience that Hardy has had coaching in the NBA is not expansive, but it’s the mentors he met along the way that make his career special. First, Hardy was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs from 2015 to 2021. We’ve seen a flurry of incredible coaches come from the Greg Popovich tree, and Hardy is hoping to be the next. Hardy also was an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics last season, giving him coaching experience in the NBA finals. If the Jazz lose Donovan Mitchell or Rudy Gobert however, Hardy may not get much of a chance to win in Utah.