The NBA Draft Lottery is tonight and I had planned on doing something highlighting NBA cards but looking through my binder I realized that besides a couple of blasters of 2013-14 Pinnacle Basketball I have not bought a pack of NBA cards in years and it has been longer than that since I bought any singles, outside of Steve Kerr cards and some other University of Arizona guys.
I do watch some basketball and I was proud, and surprised, of the Suns this year. They had a successful failure of a season, actually coming within just a game of making the #8 spot in the West. If they were in the East they would have been the #3 seed but instead they are a Lottery team, which is a positive because they can only get better.
This year is looking like a strong class and depending on who you talk to the #1 pick is not a certainty with Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins most likely the top pick. After those two the top 10 include guys like Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, Dante Exum and Aaron Gordon (a U. of Arizona player). But we will have to wait until the June draft to see how that plays out.
To add some cards to the post I am adding some of my favorite finds from over the years that now grace my basketball binder.
1988-89 Fleer Michael Jordan: I won this in a pack war when I first returned to collecting in the early 1990s, this is the card that led to the name of my blog. This is my oldest Michael Jordan card.
1995-96 Fleer Metal Maximum Metal Jordan: The Maximum Metal die-cuts are pretty cool, this is probably my favorite Jordan insert.
2013-14 Pinnacle Clear Vision Larry Bird: I like the Clear Vision cards, they are quite cool.