Welcome to the last portion of the cards I added to my collection during the 2011 holiday season. Today I show off some non-Pacer additions. One is of a player I used to despise, but I have since come to appreciate his greatness and place as an elite scorer and likely future hall-of-famer. I am talking about Celtic star Paul Pierce. Incredibly difficult to defend, Paul can jab-step into a jumper from just about anywhere on the floor, as well as drive to the basket with relative ease. Paul has a nice signature, which you can see in the on-card autographed 1999-00 Topps card below.
Second is an autograph from a set that I was intrigued by after reading an article on Cardboard Connection. It’s a multi-sport set, 1994 Signature Rookies Gold Standard Hall of Fame Autographs. I wasn’t aware that this set existed but the on-card signatures and an opportunity to pick up autographs of hall-of-famers (Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald, Rick Barry, Bob Cousy, and Bill Walton, among others) on the cheap had me browsing ebay within minutes. Elvin Hayes is the first I’ve picked up. Thanks to Cardboard Connection for the article, as there’s no doubt this set is undervalued, and probably unknown to many.
A few more Pacer autographs came in over the past few days to add to the collection. The O’Neal Pristine autograph is an instant favorite for me. Always wanted to add an autograph from this set to my collection. Absolutely beautiful set.
Cards above are as follows:
2001-02 Topps Pristine Autographs #AJO Jermaine O’Neal
2000-01 Upper Deck Encore Star Signatures #JO Jermaine O’Neal
2010-11 Limited Monikers Gold #31 Tyler Hansbrough /99
Excited to get these in recently to add to my Pacers autograph collection. The cards are:
2006-07 Topps Big Game Relics Autographs #TJF T.J. Ford /75
2007-08 Topps Co-Signers Dual Autographs #CS32 Danny Granger/Ike Diogu
2008-09 Bowman Chrome #171 George Hill AU RC
2010-11 Black Box Signatures #88 Roy Hibbert /149
More to come in the next few days!
My first autograph of recent Hall of Fame Inductee, and one my all-time favorites, Chris Mullin! This autograph from 2010-11 National Treasures is #’d 12/49.
Again, saw some nice Pacer autographs on ebay that I was able to purchase for reasonable prices. The Granger is from 09-10 Absolute serial numbered to 49, the Collison from 10-11 Gold Standard serial numbered to 299, and the George is from 10-11 Classics numbered out of 499. Excited to add these three to my Pacer collection!
Saw some good deals on ebay recently on Pacers from the new Panini National Treasures set. All three of these are serial numbered out of 25. Sharp looking cards from a nice product.
What game-worn jersey set of current players would be better than one filled with game-worn finals jerseys? Take this past season as an example- how cool would it be to pull a finals worn jersey card of Lebron James from his first trip to the Finals with Miami? Or a jersey used in a breakthrough playoff performance from NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki? Short answer, there aren’t many game-worn jersey cards of current players I’d rather pull.
While browsing on ebay over the past week I stumbled across several 2000-01 Topps Gold Label Finals Jerseys of key players from the 2000 Indiana Pacers’ only NBA Finals appearance in franchise history. Look at the players from this set: Shaq, Kobe, Reggie, Mullin, Rice, Horry, Green, etc.. You better believe I snatched up ones I saw:
Most sought after cards in other years that finals-worn jersey sets were produced:
2001-02 – Kobe, Shaq, Iverson, Mutombo
2005-06 – Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Horry, Billups, Wallace
2006-07 – Shaq, Wade, Mourning, Payton, Walker (just the Heat were included in this set, no Mavs)
They don’t show up on ebay with much frequency. Tell me that this type of insert set wouldn’t be one of the most highly sought after memorabilia sets year after year, particularly if featured in a higher-end product! That’s why I was baffled to see that the last Finals Jersey set that I could find was from 2006-07 Topps products. Hoping this type of set comes back soon in some fashion!