Spotlight: 2014-15 National Treasures Gold Logoman

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The good:

*It’s unique.  Points for originality.
*Overall appealing design.
*The image is crisp and not over-filtered.
*Nice use of gold foil on a black card design.
*On card autograph

The bad:

*Way too thick, hard to store.
*The metal logoman makes the card pretty heavy.  Why does a card need a piece of metal anyways?
*Black cards are prone to chipping on the corners and sides.  These seem to be no exception.
*The silver paint pen doesn’t allow for a crisp autograph.
*Boring card back.

Panini tried something a bit different with these.  Overall, I’m not a fan.  It would be so much nicer if it was a regular thickness, and replace the recessed gold metal logoman with a simple gold foil stamped logoman and reduce the print run the 25 or less.

Provenance: 2013-14 Preferred Signatures Platinum

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I was glad to add this 1-of-1 to my collection thanks to a head’s up from @motorcitycards5 on instagram.  From there a couple e-mails and a deal was done.

Here’s the case break that this beauty came from:

Isiah having positive impact with Liberty

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The biggest difference that Laimbeer has noticed with Thomas in the fold is that Dolan shows up to games and is involved.

“I didn’t see him for two years, he never came to a game. He pays attention and is involved now,” Laimbeer said. “He comes to games, but also it is internally in staff, ticket sales. They are very aware that he is paying attention to the Liberty. Everyone else knows we have to pay attention to the Liberty also, that’s a huge positive.”

“That may not have happened without Isiah being here.”

Thomas has been active behind the scenes. He talks with the Liberty’s marketing partners and helped the team hire a public relations firm to plan a celebration of New York’s 20th anniversary next year. He’s gotten 29 of the team’s 34 games on television — the most since 2007. He also has gotten the Liberty additional player and team resources. New York hired former star Teresa Weatherspoon as a director of player development — the first in the league. New York has also hired a sports psychologist as well as a career transition consultant to help the players prepare for life after basketball.

“We’re just trying to push the envelope,” Thomas said. “Get things done.” …Link

A Preferred Preview

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2014-15 Panini Preferred


Panini has their preview for the upcoming Preferred brand release on their blog.  The set looks stacked.  Very impressed. Check out that Crown Royale in the pic, that’s right, a never before used photo! That always pumps me up.  Both cards are pretty sweet.  I can’t wait to see the check list.

Mitchell & Ness Done Goofed

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Now granted, this is a cool picture, but most definitely flawed.  How can anyone in their right mind put Karl Malone’s one-and-done season in L.A., where he wore #11, over Isiah Thomas’ career at his iconic number. Admittedly I’m a tad biased, but I think most NBA fans would answer Isiah if asked about the first player to come to mind at that number.

The only explanation I can offer for this gross oversight was that the fine people at Mitchell & Ness felt Karl Malone should be on the list somewhere but couldn’t justify giving him the #32 jersey number spot over Magic Johnson?

ESPN gives Isiah & Joe Top 10 All-Time Rank

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ESPN’s Kevin Pelton devised a formula in which to rank the top guard duos of all-times (post ABA merger).  Now, let me go on record as to say I’m no fan of advanced statistics, but I do like seeing historical praise for Isiah and Joe for a national readership.  Spoiler alert, they’re ranked 4th.  A little biased (okay, a lot biased) but I cannot justify any duo ranked above the Bad Boys’ backcourt, but you can get statistics to say anything you wan them to, so I’ll begrudgingly take the top 5 rank.

No guard teammates combined for more All-Star appearances together than Dumars and Thomas, who are both Hall of Famers. Subjectively, those honors plus a pair of titles would put them near the very top of most backcourt rankings. Dumars doesn’t score as well by WARP, though, and that costs Detroit’s duo on this list.

Interestingly too that the 2004 champs, Rip and Mr. Big shot, round out the top 10.  Deeetroooiiitttt Bas-ket-ballll!

2014-15 Panini Spectra Preview

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2014-15 Panini Spectra


Panini has the2014-15 Spectra quality control gallery up on their Knight’s Lance blog.  Last year’s inaugural set of Spectra was somewhat of a surprise hit.  This year seems to be more of the same with the fun prizm effect that lends to a stunning “in-hand” card.

The official checklist isn’t out yet so I don’t know how many Isiah Thomas cards will be in the set aside from the above card from the QC gallery.  Isiah only had one card in the 2013-14 set; the “Double Team Jersey” insert with he and Joe Dumars.  There were two cards I have printing plates for from the “HOF Jersey Autographs” and “Marks Memorabilia”  that never made it into their respective sets.


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Hello and welcome to my Isiah Thomas collectibles site.  For the most part the site is still under construction. I’ve got a lot of content to to add, but it’s very time consuming.  Check back often as I’m going to make efforts to add something regularly.

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