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1980 Topps Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Rookie PSA 8

  • July 17, 2013
  • Leighton Sheldon

It’s one of the more unique designs in Topps history and there are many years where it wouldn't really work.  However, considering that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird will forever be joined at the figurative hip, the 1980-81 rookie card they share seems oddly appropriate. The 1980-81 Topps basketball issue features three rectangular player photos per card, separated by perforations.  Yes, 32 years ago, Topps decided you should be able to play ‘tear-away’ with your basketball cards.  Putting Magic and

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1980 Topps Basketball Cards PSA 10’s & 9's

  • May 12, 2013
  • Leighton Sheldon

After nearly a decade of obscurity, insignificance, and underwhelming performances, basketball is finally back! Now before you hardcore fans bite my head off, take a long hard look at the level of talent league wide throughout the period of 2000-2008. It was stomach turning! With every GM chasing down the next Kobe, drafting purely on best case scenario speculation and The League still allowing players to jump right from high school, the NBA was flooded with inexperienced, undeveloped, and often immature players that made watching the sport almost painful (and this is coming from a lifelong fan of the game).

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1996 Topps Chrome Kobe Bryant Rookie Lakers PSA 9

  • January 02, 2013
  • Leighton Sheldon

1996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Lakers PSA 9It seems almost hard to believe that Kobe Bryant didn't start for the Lakers when he joined the team at the start of the 1996-97 season.  Of course, he was only 18 years old at the time, another fact that makes that debut season seem like such a long time ago.  Time flies! It also seems strange that in 1996-97 Topps Chrome Basketball was a retail-only product.  Dealers and collectors went scrambling for boxes and

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