10/22/17

2017-18 NBA HOOPS HOBBY ( pre-pay $71 per box ) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS



By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
Rookie Cards featuring basketball’s brightest new stars are going to be the focus of Panini America‘s 2017-18 NBA Hoops Basketball and the latest installment of a hobby favorite is going to arrive this Wednesday at Sports Cards Plus.  Pre-pay MONDAY for $71 per box. Limited quantities available at this LOW, Low, low PRICE.
No other basketball brand today has the tradition behind it like NBA Hoops and it is loaded up with plenty of variety in every box. While there is bound to be HUGE demand and loads of excitement for the first mass-market cardboard of players like Lonzo BallMarkelle Fultz, and Jayson Tatum.  And, there is a lot more to enjoy as you rip open packs.

BASE SET AND PARALLELS

2017-18 NBA Hoops will have a large base set featuring a strong selection of players beyond those in a starting role. As mentioned above, there are tons of Rookie Cards in the mix; and, with a strong freshman class, some of them should heat up nicely in the early stages of the season.
While sales literature for the Hobby boxes only offered up hints of three parallel versions for the base cards, this year’s design is going to look sharp with different borders. There are regular and black bordered Base Artist Proofs along with a Gold parallel. 

INSERTS

With each hobby box of 2017-18 NBA Hoops containing 24 inserts or parallels, there are a lot of options for collectors that want to try building a small themed set. Exclusive to this stream of packaging are insert collections called Team Leaders, Courtside, We Got Next, Special Delivery, and Back Stage Pass. For an even bigger challenge, each of these cards has an Artist Proof (/25) or Gold (/10) parallel to track down.

Road To The Finals returns once again and this tiered collection serves as a cardboard document of the journey the Golden State Warriors and 15 other teams took in the quest for glory. Each of these cards is serial-numbered as well. The set is rounded out with a Kevin Durant NBA Finals MVP card (/99), which is a challenging pull.
Another insert set that will get some attention from collectors is a 10-card Kobe Bryant Career Tribute that examines the future Hall of Famer’s career. Also keep an eye open for Shaquille O’Neal 2K Sports inserts.

 AUTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA

Hobby boxes of 2017-18 NBA Hoops are going to contain two autograph cards on average and the theme remains constant from previous releases with Hot Signatures and Hot Signatures Rookies. Both sets have a Red Hot version once again and they are numbered to 25.

The only memorabilia cards in Hoops are once again Rise N Shine, which tend to focus on the incoming rookie class (with a Prime version /25), but there is something called Rookie Remembrance Prime (/25) which could focus on the debut seasons of veteran players.

2017 TOPPS ARCHIVES SIGNATURE SERIES ARRIVES WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS WITH ORIGINAL LOW NUMBERED RCs AUTOGRAPHED BY ACTIVE BASEBALL SUPER STARS




By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Image result for images 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series2017 Topps Archives Signature Series arrives Wednesday at Sports Cards Plus.  For the past couple of years, Topps Archives Signature Series has offered autographed buybacks of retired players.  However, the checklist consists of active players in the 2017 edition of Topps Archives Signature Series.
Image result for images 2017 Topps Archives Signature SeriesEach box of 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball has just one card — a signed buyback. For those unfamiliar with buybacks, they’re essentially original cards that have been re-purposed. It’s kind of like sports card up-scaling.
Cards are signed on-card. They also have a foil stamp added noting that they come from this product. They also come in a holder to protect them.
2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Auto RelicIndividual cards are serial numbered. In past Topps Archives Signatures Series Baseball products, these numbers have generally been quite low but most players also signed several different cards.
According to the card maker, cards from both Topps- and Bowman-branded products can be found. Besides regular cards, freshly signed memorabilia cards and dual autographs are also randomly inserted.

2017 BOWMAN HIGH TEK BASEBALL DELIVERS 4 AUTOGRAPHS PER BOX THIS WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS


2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball Cards
by Ryan Cracknell, Beckett Hobby Editor


Image result for 2017 Bowman high tek IMAGESArriving this Wednesday at Sports Cards Plus is 2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball with 4 Autographs and 1 Base Card in each box.

BASE SET

2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball is a prospect-driven product. That comes through in the base set. All cards are done on acetate with foil patterns in the background.
Standard to Tek, which has its roots in the wild times of the late 1990s, the background patterns come in a variety of forms. The aim for this is to aim largely at player and team collectors, offering something more challenging to chase rather than a more standard parallel color rainbow. And if the product stays true to the past few Topps High Tek releases, these patterns will have a tiered structure making for some tough short prints.
While the pattern variations offer a different spin on parallels, there are more standard ones as well. Green Rainbow, Gold Rainbow (/50), Orange Magma Diffractor (/25), Red Orbit, Black Rainbow (1/1) and Black Galactic Diffractor (1/1) are the ones to look for.

AUTOGRAPHS

High Tek Autographs are essentially parallels of unsigned base cards. They carry the same general design as well as on-card signatures.
A detailed checklist hasn’t been announced, Topps promises the signers will be a mix of prospects and young players who have made the jump to the bigs.
Parallels come in several levels, all of which are serial numbered: Tidal Diffractor, Green Rainbow, Gold Rainbow, Orange Magma Diffractor (/25), Red Orbit Diffractor (/5), Black Rainbow (1/1) and Black Galactic Diffractor (1/1).

INSERTS

2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball isn’t just base cards, pattern variations and autographs. There are other inserts as well.
Image result for 2017 Bowman high tek IMAGESBashers comes with a bold look that would fit right in with other late 1990s cards if it weren’t for the players. The spotlight here is on young power hitters at both the MiLB and MLB levels.
A couple of regular Bowman sets get an acetate overhaul with a pair of additional inserts. 2017 Bowman Rookie Cards featuring Tek-inspired versions of ten first-year standouts.
1992 Bowman Variations are a case hit. The general design is inspired by the classic set that’s celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Select cards for each of the insert sets have autographed versions as well.


HIGH TEK AUTOGRAPHS


BHT-AE Anderson Espinoza San Diego Padres™

BHT-AK Alex Kiriloff Minnesota Twins®

BHT-AM Adrian Morejon San Diego Padres™

BHT-AP A.J. Puk Oakland Athletics™

BHT-AR Amed Rosario New York Mets®

BHT-ARO Alfredo Rodriguez Cincinnati Reds®

BHT-BB Bo Bichette Toronto Blue Jays®

BHT-BG Braxton Garrett Miami Marlins®

BHT-BR Brendan Rodgers Colorado Rockies™

BHT-CR Corey Ray Milwaukee Brewers™

BHT-CS Cody Sedlock Baltimore Orioles®

BHT-DC Dylan Cozens Philadelphia Phillies®

BHT-EJ Eloy Jimenez Chicago Cubs®

BHT-FM Francisco Mejia Cleveland Indians®

BHT-FW Forrest Whitley Houston Astros®

BHT-GT Gleyber Torres New York Yankees®

BHT-IA Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves™

BHT-ID Isan Diaz Milwaukee Brewers™

BHT-JD Justin Dunn New York Mets®

BHT-JF Junior Fernandez St. Louis Cardinals®

BHT-JG Jason Groome Boston Red Sox®

BHT-JM Jorge Mateo New York Yankees®

BHT-JS Justus Sheffield New York Yankees®

BHT-KL Kyle Lewis Seattle Mariners™

BHT-KM Kevin Maitan Atlanta Braves™

BHT-LA Lazarito Armenteros Oakland Athletics™

BHT-LC Luis Castillo Cincinnati Reds®

BHT-LF Lucius Fox Tampa Bay Rays™

BHT-LGJ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Toronto Blue Jays®

BHT-MK Mitch Keller Pittsburgh Pirates®

BHT-MM Mickey Moniak Philadelphia Phillies®

BHT-MMA Matt Manning Detroit Tigers®

BHT-NS Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds®

BHT-PC P.J. Conlon New York Mets®

BHT-PW Patrick Weigel Atlanta Braves™

BHT-RH Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies®

BHT-RR Roniel Raudes Boston Red Sox®

BHT-SN Sean Newcomb Atlanta Braves™

BHT-TS Thomas Szapucki New York Mets®

BHT-WB Wuilmer Becerra New York Mets®

BHT-WC Willie Calhoun Los Angeles Dodgers®

BHT-YA Yadier Alvarez Los Angeles Dodgers®

BHT-ZC Zack Collins Chicago White Sox®


1992 BOWMAN VARIATION AUTOGRAPHS


92B-AR Amed Rosario New York Mets®

92B-BR Brendan Rodgers Boston Red Sox®

92B-CR Corey Ray Milwaukee Brewers™

92B-EJ Eloy Jimenez Chicago Cubs®

92B-IA Ian Anderson Atlanta Braves™

92B-JG Jason Groome Boston Red Sox®

92B-JM Jorge Mateo New York Yankees®

92B-KM Kevin Maitan Atlanta Braves™

92B-LA Lazarito Armenteros Oakland Athletics™

92B-LGJ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Toronto Blue Jays®

92B-MM Mickey Moniak Philadelphia Phillies®

92B-NS Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds®

92B-YA Yadier Alvarez Los Angeles Dodgers®


BASHERS AUTOGRAPHS


B-BH Bryce Harper Washington Nationals®

B-DC Dylan Cozens Philadelphia Phillies®

B-KB Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs®

B-KL Kyle Lewis Seattle Mariners™

B-MT Mike Trout Angels®

B-NS Nick Senzel Cincinnati Reds®

B-RH Rhys Hoskins Philadelphia Phillies®

B-ZC Zack Collins Chicago White Sox®


2017 BOWMAN BASE CARD AUTOGRAPHS


17BT-AB Alex Bregman Houston Astros® Rookie

17BT-ABE Andrew Benintendi Boston Red Sox® Rookie

17BT-AJ Aaron Judge New York Yankees® Rookie

17BT-DD David Dahl Colorado Rockies™ Rookie

17BT-YG Yulieski Gurriel Houston Astros® Rookie



10/17/17

2017 PHOENIX FOOTBALL ($112 per box) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY with 2 FREE 2017 PANINI KICKOFF PACKS AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS


Phoenix is rising once again. 2017 Panini Phoenix Football ($112 per box with 2 Autographs and 2 Jerseys) arrives WEDNESDAY at Sport Cards Plus.  And your 2017 Phoenix Football box purchase gets you TWO FREE PANINI KICKOFF PACKS.  

Once again, bold designs, autographs and memorabilia cards are among the draws. It’s also a little bit cheaper than many of Panini’s high-end releases, which should help give it a bit broader base of entry for  collectors.

2017 Panini Phoenix Football Base Set

The 2017 Panini Phoenix Football base set has a total of 200 cards. Sixty-five are veteran stars currently in the NFL. Another 35 are retired legends.
The remaining half of the set is all rookies. Inserted approximately one per pack, this makes them short prints. That said, they shouldn’t be too tough to track down for anyone aiming for the full set.
Parallels include nine tiers serial numbered to 299 copies or less. These are inserted about one per pack. New to 2017 Panini Phoenix Football are Color Burst parallels. Not numbered, these are exclusive to one-per-box hot packs. All cards in these packs are Color Burst versions.

Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

For those who chase hits, each 2017 Panini Phoenix Football hobby box has a pair of autographs and one memorabilia card.
Autographed relics featuring the year’s rookie crop are one of the premium cards. These come in three general themes: 
1. Rookie Auto Jersey cards are numbered to 299 or less highlighting the 40 RPS players. 
2. These same first-year standouts are included on Rookie Jumbo Auto Swatch cards. A little tougher to pull, these come numbered to 199 or less. 
3.Finally, there are 20 Hot Rookie Material Signatures, which can include different relics rather than traditional jersey swatches.
Each case of 2017 Panini Phoenix Football has either a Dual or Triple Autograph Patch card with signatures and memorabilia from multiple players. All come numbered no higher than 30. The Dual Autograph Patch checklist has 20 different cards while the three-player version has ten cards.
Other signed inserts in the product include 20 Retired Signatures cards (/30 or less) and 30 Veteran Autograph Materials (/30 or less).
All regular 2017 Panini Phoenix Football memorabilia cards are numbered to a maximum of 79 copies. For rookies, there’s RPS Memorabilia and RPS Jumbo Memorabilia. Each has 40 cards.
Rarer relics are Veteran Materials (20 cards, /49 or less) and Retired Patches (20 cards, /20 or less).



Inserts

A handful of regular insert sets round out 2017 Panini Phoenix Football.
Triumphant is a ten-card set that celebrates Tom Brady and his career thus far.
Power Surge spotlights 30 of the NFL’s top defensive players, a group that is often overlooked when it comes to football cards.
Other inserts include Legacy (ten cards), Rookie Rising (30 cards), and Adrenaline Rush (20 cards).

Below are three examples of The NEW Panini NFL Kickoff cards.  Get TWO FREE 2017 Panini NFL Kickoff Packs with each 2017 Phoenix Football box purchase.




10/15/17

2017 TOPPS UPDATE SERIES BASEBALL ($64.95 Hobby box & $114.95 HTA Jumbo) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS, a.k.a. The Super Hit Factory


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By Ryan Cracknell, Beckett Media
2017 Topps Update Series Baseball ($64.95 Hobby Boxes & $114.95 HTA JUMBO Boxes) arrives Wednesday, October 18th at Sports Cards Plus.  As is the tradition, rookies who debuted early in the year and traded players are focal points for the checklist.
While many elements from 2017 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 carry over to the de facto third set, there are some new angles as well.
One of the carry overs is the number of hits in boxes. Regular hobby boxes have either an autograph, memorabilia or manufactured relic. Hobby jumbo boxes have an autograph plus a pair of memorabilia or manu-relics.

2017 TOPPS UPDATE SERIES BASEBALL BASE SET

The 2017 Topps Update Series base set has 300 cards. Although numbered separately from Series 1 and Series 2, when taken as a whole, it brings the line up to 1,000 cards for the year.
2017 Topps Update Series Baseball Base Chris SaleThe main player cards encompass veterans on new teams as well as rookie call-ups from the opening weeks of the season. Although the set releases following the close of the regular season, checklists are determined often several months in advance. That means that players making their debut later in the season are usually held back until the following year’s Series 1.
Other subsets include Season Highlights and cards from the 2017 All-Star Game and accompanying Home Run Derby.
Select cards also have variation short prints and variation autographs.
2017 Topps Update Series Baseball Topps SaluteLike the earlier sets, 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball has plenty of parallels. On the more common end are Rainbow Foil (1:10 packs) and Gold (/2017). Other serial-numbered parallels include Negative, Black (/66), Father’s Day Powder Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Hot Pink (/50), Memorial Day (/25), Printing Plates (1/1) and Platinum (1/1). Black and Negative parallels are exclusive to hobby and hobby jumbo packs.
On top of these, select players have Clear parallels that are numbered to 10. Regular hobby packs (not jumbo) are the place to find them.

INSERTS

2017 Topps Update Series Baseball 1987 Topps HappThe familiar wood borders of 1987 Topps (1:8 packs) are back for another round of inserts, carrying on from the ones included in Series 1 and 2. Sticking with the Update theme, players included this time around are primarily a mix of rookies and traded players.
1987 Topps Red parallels are numbered to 25 while Platinum versions are one-of-ones.
Topps Salute (1:8) is another insert set carrying on in 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball. Subsets of the highlight-driven set include debuts, walk-offs, spectacular plays and dominant games on the mound.

The year-long MLB Network insert set (1:36) wraps up with another group of hosts and personalities.
2017 Topps Update Series Baseball UntouchablesUntouchables (1:8) is all about great pitchers throughout history.
Topps All-Rookie Cup (1:8) reprints cards from the past that have the company’s All-Star Rookie award.
Hank Aaron Award Commemorative Patch cards make up the manufactured relic content available in hobby and hobby jumbo boxes. The checklist features players who have won the award for being the top hitter in each league. Parallels include Gold (/99), Black (/50) and Platinum (1/1). Select cards also have autographed versions.

AUTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA CARDS

2017 Topps Update Series Baseball All-Star Stitches Jumbo PatchAs has been the case for many years, the annual MLB All-Star Game is the centerpiece of the Update Series memorabilia offerings. All-Star Stitches makes up the bulk of these. Basic versions have Gold (/50), Orange (/25) and Platinum (1/1) parallels. Select autographed versions are numbered no higher than 25 and have Orange (/10 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels).
Related imageAll-Star Stitches Dual and Triple cards feature multiple players. All are numbered to 25. Some of the All-Star Stitches Dual cards have autographed versions numbered to 25 or less.
All-Star Jumbo Patch cards have no more than five copies each. These come with a piece of the American or National League patch, depending on what league they play for. Autographed versions are numbered to 10 or less.
Own the Name Relics are back for another year. Numbered 1/1, these come with a full letter piece from a jersey’s nameplate.
Topps Salute and 1987 Topps both have autographed versions to go with the regular inserts. For Topps Salute, there are Red (/10 or less) and Platinum (1/1) parallels).
2017 Topps Update Series Baseball 1987 Autograph ThamesAlthough the majority of autograph cards in 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball use stickers, some (but not all) of the 1987 Topps Autographs come on-card. Parallels come in Glossy (/15 or less), Wood (/10), Ash Wood (/5) and Birch Wood (1/1).
Rare Cut Signatures are inserted. All are one-of-ones.



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10/10/17

2017 IMPECCABLE FOOTBALL ($495 per box) DESHAUN WATSON AUTO NFL LOGO PATCH ARRIVES OCTOBER 11th AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS - It could happen.....



2017 Panini Impeccable Football is the follow-up to last season’s well-received brand debut. With that early success, not a lot has changed as far as overall focus goes. Premium autographs, premium memorabilia and precious metal cards garner much of the product’s attention.

AUTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA CARDS

Each 2017 Panini Impeccable Football hobby box has five autographs. One of those is a rookie patch autograph. Like the freshman release in 2016, these aren’t all regular patch cards. Multi-swatch versions go beyond regular premium jersey pieces to also use things like helmet stickers and gloves. These cards fall under the Elegance banner.

But they’re not the only ones. Elegance Retired Patch Autographs feature some of football’s all-time greats. Veteran Elegance cards are also available in 2017 Panini Impeccable Football.
Several of the autograph themes in the product are dedicated to specific moments. These include Impeccable Draft Picks Autographs where the serial number coincides with their draft position. Other autograph inserts that take a similar approach cover such things as jersey numbers, Pro Bowl appearances, seasons in the league and various stats. Impeccable Victory Autographs highlight specific games.
Dual and triple autographs are also randomly inserted along with rare cut signatures.

PRECIOUS METALS CARDS

Every three-box case of 2017 Panini Impeccable Football has a card with a piece of gold or silver embedded in it. They have a few different forms that are noted with the imprinted logo on the metal. These include the NFL Shield and Pro Football Hall of Fame. A handful of teams have dedicated sets: the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.


10/8/17

COLUMBUS DAY (Wally's Birthday) SALE at SPORTS CARDS PLUS - 4 DAYS OF SAVINGS, CONTESTS AND FREE PACKS

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Columbus Day, remembers Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.  Columbus Day originated as a celebration of Italian-American heritage and was first held in San Francisco in 1869. The first state-wide celebration was held in Colorado in 1907. In 1937, Columbus Day become a holiday across the United States observed on October 12th each year. Since 1971, it has been celebrated on the second Monday in October.  

October 12th, the original Columbus Day just happens to be my brother, Wally's birthday.  Feels like a good reason to have a 4-DAY COLUMBUS DAY SALE.  From Monday, October 9th through Thursday October 12th, Sports Cards Plus customers can pick their box from The BEST CASES in The Hobby and GET HUGE SAVINGS, WIN $100 and OTHER PRIZES and get FREE Panini Packs with each box purchase.

WIN $100: Just buy a box of 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball ($95 per Hobby Box) and get a FREE Drawing Ticket.

---- Contest ends Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m.
---- Drawing Ticket will then be eligible for Prizes below.
---- Drawing Ticket will also be eligible for our $500.00 October 31st Drawing.
---- And if you open your box of 2017 Bowman Chrome Hobby Baseball, you could WIN $100 in our October BEST PULL Contest.

WIN Prizes - Get ONE Drawing Ticket for each $100 you spend from October 9th-12th.  Drawing on October 12th at 7:00 p.m.
First Ticket Drawn - A Kawhi Leonard McFarlane
Second Ticket Drawn - A Stephen Curry McFarlane
Third Ticket Drawn - A Ezekiel Elliott McFarlane
Next 9 Tickets Drawn - WIN a FREE 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball Pack ($11 value each).

FREE PACKS - Every Panini box purchase between now and October 12th gets a FREE PANINI PACK.

And LOW, LOW, LOW  Prices:
                                                                      Internet......Our Price
2017 Bowman Chrome Hobby Baseball.........$105..........$89.95
2016-17 IMMACULATE Basketball.................$600.........$517
2017 Certified Cuts Football............................$134.........$134
2017 XR Football (2 Autos 1 Memorabilia)......$94...........$ 94
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball................$195........$189.95
2017 Topps UFC Hobby Chrome......................$68..........$ 67.95
2016-17 IMPECCABLE Basketball...................$495.........$495
MORE CRAZY LOW PRICES
2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball......................$60..........$57.95
2017 Heritage High Number Hobby Baseball...$75...........$ 74.95
2017 Topps Chrome Hobby Baseball................$110.......$109.95
2017 Donruss Optic Baseball............................$105........$ 99.95
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Baseball.......$90..........$ 89.95
2017 Stadium Club Hobby Baseball..................$88..........$ 87.95
2017 Topps CLEARLY AUTHENTIC Baseball...$60.........$ 57.95
2017 Topps Series One JUMBO Baseball..........$150......$159.95
2017 Topps Series Two JUMBO Baseball...........$100......$ 99.95
2017 Panini Diamond Kings Hobby Baseball.......$75.......$ 74.95
2016 Bowman Draft Picks JUMBO......................$140.....$139.95
2016 Bowman's Best Hobby Baseball................................$139.95
2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball.............................................$399.95
2015 Bowman Draft Picks JUMBO Baseball....................$174.95
2015 National Treasures Baseball......................................$499.95
2017 Leaf Valiant Football.................................................$104.95
2017 Panini Origins Football..............................................$99.95
2017 Spectra Football (4 Autos 7 Jersey/Patches)............$280
2017 Spectra Football Pack (1 Auto 2 Jersey/Patches)....$79.95
2017 Panini Pantheon Football..........................................$226.95
2016 Black Gold Football...................................................$139.95
2016 Clear Vision Football.................................................$ 39.95
2016 Donruss Signatures Football (4 Autos)....................$ 79.95
2016 Panini Phoenix Football............................................$ 99.95
2016 Panini Plates & Patches Football.............................$119.95
2017-18 Contenders Draft Basketball (6 Autos)...............$169.95
2017-18 Contenders Draft Bskt Pack (1 Auto/pack)........$ 37
2016-17 Absolute Basketball...............................................$ 59.95
2016-17 Aficionado Basketball............................................$ 53.95
2016-17 Gold Standard Basketball.....................................$ 84.95
2016-17 GOLD RESERVE Basketball..............................$129.95
2016-17 NATIONAL TREASURES Basketball...............$749.95
2016-17 Preferred Basketball.............................................$224
2016-17 SPECTRA Basketball...........................................$204.95
2016-17 Panini REPLAY Basketball..................................$ 59.95