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Collecting basketball cards
Owens, Tom, 1960-
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
78 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Provides practical advice on building a basketball card collection, covering such topics as buying and trading cards, as well as grading and preserving them.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.7 2.0 28891.
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GV885.15 .O94 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV885.15 .O94 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Fleer/Skybox, a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment says, "We sell more basketball cards than anything else". They added that before the 1994 baseball strike, baseball cards dominated 65% of the hobby market, but since that time basketball has taken over. He tells young readers how to start a collection, and how to intelligently build a collection without getting ripped off in a complicated marketplace. He adds information on how to use the internet to collect cards as well as how to grade cards in order to determine their worth.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6 . Owens offers beginning hobbyists much good advice about building and preserving a collection of basketball cards. He explains what kinds of cards are available, how to maintain their value, and where to buy, sell , and trade cards. Readers will also appreciate the scripted suggestions for bargaining at hobby shows, contacting teams or companies that give away cards, and trading during off-season. Full-color reproductions of cards appear on nearly every page; short chapters with large print and bold section headings help break up the text and add to the appeal for browsers. Appended with an extensive list of addresses (ranging from teams to museums to card companies and publications) and a glossary, this will be welcomed by basketball enthusiasts, especially those feeling deprived during this NBA season. --Kay Weisman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The level of interest in this field justifies the detailed treatment offered here. Such terms as "inserts," "commons," "near mint-mint," "die-cuts," and "promo cards" may seem arcane to the uninitiated, but they are words that are likely to be part of the working vocabulary of most sports-minded boys. (And some girls, although sports-card collecting remains an overwhelmingly masculine pursuit.) This informative guide leads readers through the process of collection building by identifying valuable cards and providing tips on caring for cards, negotiating with dealers, trading over the Internet and avoiding common mistakes. There is a short chapter on collecting cards of female players. Useful appendixes include addresses of professional teams (male and female) and basketball-card companies as well as information on contacting former players and descriptions of relevant books and magazines. A title sure to get an enthusiastic response from the ever-expanding fraternity of card collectors.-Richard Luzer, Fair Haven Union High School, VT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.