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NBA

The art of assembling basketball trading cards


Fans of the NBA can often become collectors and purveyors of basketball merchandise as well, from sneakers to jerseys. This passion can often start from the collection of basketball trading cards however, due to their accessibility and fun factor. If you are looking to dabble into this world, where would you start?
 
Inserts: The allure of shiny objects is almost universal, and refractors fulfill this niche in the card market. Over the years, other creative forms of inserts have also materialized, from transparent cards to those containing gems and precious metals.


Game-used: As a special kind of insert, these cards include a piece of game-used memorabilia such as jerseys or even basketballs. By owning them, you get to own a little piece of basketball history. 


Autographed: This type of card speaks to a common desire for basketball fans. After all, we usually ask for an autograph when we meet our idols. The appeal of these cards is easy to see.


Rookie cards: Cards of rookies in their first professional year hold particular value, akin to the first edition of classic books. With these being the first cards of a particular player, perhaps they also speak to the foresight and exceptional judgment of the collector who spots stardom before these players hit the big time.


Rare cards: As with all commodities, supply scarcity drives demand and prices. Nowadays, rare cards are usually explicitly numbered and some are unique, numbered 1-of-1. Of course, rarity is not purely determined by card companies. Retro cards are rare by virtue of time, especially those still in mint condition. One can only imagine how much a mint, retro, rookie card of a legend would cost.


Although there are guidelines in place, why not simply collect based on whoever or whatever you like, instead of following trends and fads? After all, that is the whole point of a hobby, and this will serve to fuel your passion for the game of basketball.