I hate/love Panini: A two-sided essay on the current king of sports cards

The weirdest thing to me about the modern sports card collecting industry, after having awakened from a 25-year slumber of sorts, is finding that an Italian sticker company previously unknown to the vast majority of American collectors had snuck in and taken over the hobby. I remember reading that Panini (like the sandwich?) had signed… Read More I hate/love Panini: A two-sided essay on the current king of sports cards

Blast From the Packs: An up-and-down box of 1990-91 Skybox basketball

When I first started collecting sports cards in the late 1980s and early 1990s, I remember when Skybox hit the scene. It was 1990, and Skybox’s parent company, which I now know was a spin-off of a tobacco company’s memorabilia business (strange and yet somehow such a 1980s American story), packaged futuristic looking basketball cards… Read More Blast From the Packs: An up-and-down box of 1990-91 Skybox basketball

Bubble Boys: NBA YouTubers giving a glimpse into life in the bubble

There are a lot of players documenting life inside the NBA bubble on the campus of Disney World in Orlando, Fla., but I feel compelled to give a quick recommendation for three of them. Lakers center and irrepressible personality Javale McGee has started a YouTube series called Life in the Bubble, in which he brings… Read More Bubble Boys: NBA YouTubers giving a glimpse into life in the bubble