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Old 01-28-2013, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Kobe: Did I get a steal?....a good deal?....pay market rate?

I picked this one off around 5:00am central time this morning. It's a 2008-09 UD Ultimate Collection Veteran Materials auto. If I remember right, this was the last Kobe redemption that UD was able to fulfill. I think the story was that he bolted for Panini before signing these so they had to use sticker autos. There are only 10 of them. I got it for $305. For some reason, I think it should have brought a lot more than that.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This card looks very suspect
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The sticker makes the card less desirable. But it is still a sick card to have.
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This card looks very suspect
I'm 99% sure it's real.

I believe this after Kobe signed with Panini and so upper deck was using up all of his sticker autos they had while they could.

It's a shame because the sticker makes it look a little off in what is otherwise a very nice card.

I think there were some absolutely amazing patches on some of these as well
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm 99% sure it's real.

I believe this after Kobe signed with Panini and so upper deck was using up all of his sticker autos they had while they could.

It's a shame because the sticker makes it look a little off in what is otherwise a very nice card.

I think there were some absolutely amazing patches on some of these as well
Yeah just checked beckett and it is listed but that sticker looks really off to me.
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Card is real, price is not bad
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'd say more of market value, but if you're happy it doesn't matter. Nice Card.
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theres nothing suspect about it. both the kobe and durants from this set used leftover sticker autos. i love the design, but the stickers just kill it for me. id say you got a 'good' buy, but not a huge steal.
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I think its a decent price especially being 8/10
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:08 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I knew it was real when I bought it. I remember reading about it on here when the first ones started getting redeemed because they were from 08-09 and UD didn't redeem them til like 2011. There was some story about how they had to get Kobe to sign a sheet of stickers to fulfill his obligations to them even though he had been with Panini for almost a year. (probably why he did such a shitty job on the sigs compared to what he normally does). It has a neat story. And unless they walked out the back door (which with UD, we all know they could have), I seriously doubt all 10 of them were redeemed in time.
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That's an odd auto. Still very nice though.
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:05 AM   #12 (permalink)
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great card!. sticker or not!
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm not a fan of those sticker Kobe Autos from 08/09, but nice pickup!

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Nice card but at least Upper Deck could have put the sticker on straight...I hate sticker autos..I would have rather had that card without the sticker auto and just the game used swatch...That being said, i think you got it for a decent price..
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Card is definitely real, the story is that actually when Kobe signed these stickers, he had already become Panini's spokes person, however, he still had a contract with UD to fulfill some autos, so the results were these ugly autos because he purposefully did not put any effort into these. By this time, Kobe was signing his new full signature on all the products already, so it was obvious he completely mailed these in. I think these stickers fulfilled redemptions for cards from Radiance & Ultimate, you see these one the Ultimate Epics too.
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