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Old 07-13-2010, 12:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Obscure LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh Card Enjoys 500% Increase

Obscure LeBron James/Dwyane Wade/Chris Bosh Card Enjoys 500% Increase
July 13, 2010, 11:44 am

03-04 TOPPS MATRIX RC OF JAMES WADE BOSH HEAT - eBay (item 270606868595 end time Jul-19-10 15:06:49 PDT)

Leave it to Miami’s men of the moment – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – to transform an utterly forgettable 6-year-old eyesore into the single hottest basketball trading card on the market.

Indeed, while South Florida’s hoops-collecting populace was waiting impatiently for the first cards featuring James, Wade and Bosh together, those with a little more market savvy and a lot more memory began scouring their 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix stashes for the one that already existed.

Last week that card was valued at $20. Today it’s valued at $100. And when the new issue of Beckett Basketball hits the market later this month, the convoluted Rookie Card will also be No. 1 on the Hot List, ahead of key Rookie Cards of five-time NBA champion and 2010 Finals MVP Kobe Bryant and 2009-10 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans.

For those counting at home, that virtually-overnight ascension from $20 to $100 represents a 500 percent increase. Not bad for a set that was an afterthought not long after it was released in April of 2004.

Simply put, the 2003-04 Topps Rookie Matrix product was a conflicted mess whose one redeeming quality – this card – has perhaps forever changed the set’s legacy for the better.


The product spread 33 rookie players in various combinations across 110 perforated Rookie Cards, a nod to the famous 1980-81 Topps Rookie Card of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson that also included Julius Erving. It also utilized a design that wasn’t well-received among veteran collectors.

Original promotional material for Topps Rookie Matrix billed the product’s aesthetic as a “trendy, ultra-modern videogame-like design that is sure to be a slam dunk among young collectors.”

It wasn’t much of a slam dunk among anyone. For the record, Topps officials shelved the product after one year, but not before it could produce one bona fide keeper of a card that took six years to mature.

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Old 07-13-2010, 02:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Holy **** I was trying to find this card on COMC a day or so before the trio was official too. Too bad I couldn't find one.
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Sucks to be this seller:

03-04 TOPPS MATRIX RC OF LEBRON JAMES DWYANE WADE BOSH - eBay (item 300441757990 end time Jul-05-10 18:42:47 PDT)
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He could have ended the auction himiself and relisted it.
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He could have ended the auction himiself and relisted it.
Yeah that's what happened wasn't even up 24 hours but was supposed to be a 7-day auction.
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He could have ended the auction himiself and relisted it.
he actually has three sales of the card with positive feeback for a total around $12 for all three combined....eeek that hurts
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Yeah that's what happened wasn't even up 24 hours but was supposed to be a 7-day auction.
it was up for 7 days..the start date was the 28th of june and ended on the 5th of july
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it was up for 7 days..the start date was the 28th of june and ended on the 5th of july
I was only paying attention to the date of the bid. Ouch.
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