October 24th, 2014
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
A 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card with a “Pristine 10” grade will cross the auction block on November 6th at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, and the price that it may fetch is an eye-opener: $80,000+.
“We fully expected this card to meet and possibly exceed that price,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage. “This card is, undoubtedly, the most desirable and valuable trading card printed in the last half century.”
The card is making its auction debut in the Heritage event and is the single most perfect specimen ever to find its way into a grading company’s plastic slab.
This is not the first time a Jordan rookie card has been graded a “Pristine 10” from Beckett Grading Services, but it’s exceedingly important in the card collecting hobby and Beckett is a company known to elite collectors to be maddeningly discerning when it comes to its evaluation of modern cardboard.
“More than 7,400 Jordan rookies have been submitted to Beckett for grading,” said Ivy, “and only five have been worthy of a Pristine 10 designation. That calculates to approximately .0067 percent.”
When this card was certified, Beckett itself was well aware of the magnitude of this rating, trumpeting its emergence upon the cover of its Summer 2006 Beckett Basketball Card Plus magazine, saying “Centering doesn’t get any better! Razor-sharp Edges! Corners could be used as a weapon! Silky-smooth Surface! The first BGS Pristine 10 Jordan Rookie Card!”
“When it comes to His Airness, the sky is the limit,” said Ivy. “Jordan is as popular and collectible today as he has ever been and this card is proof of that.”
October 23rd, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
Adding to its extensive line of distinctive wooden accessories and creations is Good Wood NYC’s newest line of customized sneaker boxes. The brand’s skilled craftsmen and trendsetters have now made available custom made sneaker boxes that enable customers to submit their own designs or logos to be engraved onto their own sneaker box. These boxes will go on sale via the Good Wood website starting October 24th
“We always strive to create the best quality and hottest products on the market for our customers,” said Rich Foster, Marketing Director at Good Wood NYC. “Whether a sneakerhead or fan of the brand, these boxes are one-of-a kind pieces that can really showcase personality of an individual.”
The boxes come in two styles – a lift off box or slide box, and they’re made with Baltic Birchwood. Customers can submit an image of their favorite logo or design to the Good Wood online order form on the company’s website to create their own box. The starting price of a box is $100 and increases with the complexity of the design.
For more information please visit www.goodwoodnyc.com.
October 21st, 2014
Posted in Videos
I’m Possible Training trainer Jacob Tucker made possibly the world’s hardest trick shot, which you can check out above.
And now they’re offering you guys a deal – The first four players to make this shot will earn $200.00!
Here are the rules:
- You must start at regulation half court.
- You must start in a pushup with your back to the basket.
- Perform the pushup, throw the ball over your head while keeping chest remotely parallel to the floor, and land back in the pushup.
- If you’d like to celebrate with a dunk, attempt to match Jacob’s entire sequence for some bonus points!
- Your winning shot must be posted to Instagram or Twitter with #trainimpossible. Good luck. Let the games begin!!!
I think I could pull this off given enough time and patience, but unfortunately I’ve got neither of those traits..
October 15th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
Paying tribute to the symbiotic relationship between the court and the street, the Jordan Future blends one of the most iconic designs with a one-piece woven upper to create an entirely new look. The deconstructed upper forgoes a heel counter and toe enforcer for a futuristic, minimalist style.
The new Air Jordan Future Premium ‘Dark Chocolate’ features a Dark Chocolate premium leather woven upper on top of a white midsole and clear gum outsole. The look certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely unique. The show will be available on Nike.com starting October 18th at 8am EST, and they’ll set you back a cool $375.
October 14th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
adidas has unveiled a new colorway of the D Rose 5 Boost signature basketball shoe. Inspired by the prominent Chicago landmark Lake Michigan, “The Lake” D Rose 5 Boost features a metallic teal synthetic tumbled leather upper for premium feel and durability. The metallic teal upper, tonally accented vivid mint Fit Cage and D Rose logo capture the essence of Lake Michigan.
The D Rose 5 Boost is the ultimate signature shoe to outfit Derrick Rose on and off the court. It features adidas’ most innovative technology and the most personal details ever included on a shoe in the D Rose signature collection. The D Rose 5 Boost is the first basketball shoe to offer full shoe length Boost cushioning technology designed for heightened energy return and step-in comfort to ensure maximum performance.
The limited edition D Rose 5 Boost “The Lake” will be available at select retailers in China and Europe, and it’s only a matter of time before these bad boys start hitting the web.
What do you think of this latest #DRose5 #Boost colorway?
September 30th, 2014
Posted in Slam Dunk Central
When Lebron James announced that he was going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was an end of an era in South Beach. He was able to win a pair of NBA championships with the Miami Heat, and he also made the NBA finals all 4 seasons he wore the jersey. Now, the team looks to move on, as 2 of the big 3 still remain on the squad. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have certainly heard the doubters, and they are putting in the work to show that they are still contenders in the Eastern conference.
Things did not exactly and as planned last season for the Miami Heat. They were looking for their 3rd straight NBA championship, and they were rolling going into the NBA finals. However, pretty much the only player to show up for Miami against the San Antonio Spurs was James. He found himself in a very tough situation, and as a free agent he decided to go home to join a younger and perhaps more promising team.
Even though James never came out and said anything like that, Bosh and Wade will likely come out with a chip on their shoulder going into the coming year. These guys are very prideful players, and both will be heading to the Hall of Fame at the end of their career. They still have a very solid team, and all that is really necessary is for them to step things up another level in fantasy basketball. It would also help if they are able to stay healthy, but that is kind of out of the player’s control most of the time.
Wade is the older of the two, and he has spent all summer trying to prepare for another grueling season. People in fantasy basketball who feel like he is going to have a bounce back season should be aware that Miami is likely going to give him some rest periodically through the regular season. He might not actually be injured, but they want to keep him fresh for the most support in part of the year.
Bosh is probably going to benefit the most from James no longer being on the team. He is going to have more shot attempts, and he is also probably going to grab a few more rebounds throughout the year. If he can continue to shoot with high-efficiency, he is going to be one of the most effective post players in the NBA. Miami can only hope that the big 2 will be able to prevent a huge drop-off from where the big 3 has been the last few years.
September 29th, 2014
Posted in Sneakers
adidas today unveiled the J Wall 1 signature basketball shoe – The first in a line of signature products designed for Washington Wizards NBA All-Star point guard, John Wall. The J Wall 1 features a sleek, bold design inspired by Wall’s quick on-court play and fashion forward off-court style.
Each piece of the collection is branded with the new John Wall logo which incorporates Wall’s initials, “JW” and is designed with the “J” crossing-over to the “W” as a nod to his quick playing style and ability to cross over defenders.
The J Wall 1 launches at adidas.com and Foot Locker in the Home and Black/Grey colorways on October 31st, with additional colorways rolling out throughout the season.
What do you guys think of the #JWall1?