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.
And with the NBA training camps opening December 9th, just one short week away, hopefully this means we will see some new releases from Panini in the near future. With five games now slated for Christmas day, the start of the regular season can’t get here soon enough.
Until then, we get to occupy ourselves with free-agency and trade talks. Chris Paul (through his agent), has reportedly requested out of NOH, his preferred destination being the Knicks. Unfortunately for him, though, the Knicks have little of value to send back to the Hornets for Paul’s services. If Paul is intent on leaving, the Hornets can surely get a better package than what the Knicks could offer.
Wednesday’s CP3 rumor involving Rajon Rondo had Paul landing with the Celtics. Paul later stated he wouldn’t sign an extension with the Celtics. You can expect a lot of rumors over the next couple weeks, with little immediate resolution. As always, it’s fun to speculate. I for one am happy to see the rumors, because it means the NBA has returned!