This may be the weirdest thing about having a hidden physical idiosyncrasy known as mixed-handedness: It’s actually not that weird if you work in the NBA. About 8% of the league’s All-Stars over the last decade write with one hand and play with the other, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis based on examining photographs of NBA players signing autographs.
Retail store Target released a statement this week stating it will temporarily pause sales of NFL, NBA, MLB and Pokémon cards out of caution for its employees and customers. The increase in demand for trading cards has caused issues for the retailer in its stores that range from massive crowds gathering trying to obtain the cards to, in some cases, violence.
Darren Rovell: Bidding in @GoldinAuctions opened last night w/$20M in bids in the first five hours. This signed card features a cut up piece of MJ’s 1992 All-Star Jersey. Current top bid with buyer’s premium is $1,611,300, which already makes it the highest priced MJ item ever at auction.
The sponsorship opportunities continue to roll in for Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic. Panini America, the world’s largest licensed sports and entertainment collectibles company and the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA announced on Thursday it has signed Doncic to an exclusive agreement for autographs and memorabilia.
As part of the partnership, Doncic’s autographed memorabilia will be made available exclusively via Panini Authentic, Panini America’s memorabilia division. Doncic’s name has come up frequently in recent off-the-court ventures.
Jeff Eisenband: Trade deadline acquisitions like Nikola Vucevic and Evan Fournier are mostly seeing their @nbatopshot values go up right now, but undercutters are jumping in as the stock rises. Makes no sense. They make less and it hurts the whole market.
A Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.795 million late Saturday on Goldin Auctions, an online auction house and repository for sports memorabilia, making it one of the most expensive basketball cards ever sold. The “1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card — BGS PRISTINE/Black Label 10” is just one of two in the world “at its level of perfection,” according to Goldin Auctions. The card’s condition report had perfect 10s across the board, qualifying it for the prestigious “black label” recognition.