What happens to basketball card prices when the season doesn’t materialize. The players are very far apart from the owners in terms of getting a deal done and many NBA players have started to commit to playing overseas. This could have serious ramifications on NBA cards. First off, what happens to the releases? Second, what about all the rookies, if the season is cancelled, how does the industry deal will no rookie cards for a season?
If there is no season can their be a breakout rookie card? I mean can you even remember who was drafted? I sure can’t not without looking it up on the web. What does it mean to the prices of cards. The Kobe, Durrant, Love, LeBrown, Wade, and Griffen cards should be fine, but what about everyone elses? I can’t see the old school guys like Bird, Jordan, Magic, etc having their prices drop, but everyone else’s who is currently playing might as well toss into the dollar bin. Seriously I think there is going to be a mass sell-off of basketball cards and I think you are going to see a market dive if the ship isn’t righted soon.
Usually I side with the players on these deals, but in this case, I have to side with the owners. They aren’t making any money and the players want a bigger share. When the player rep was asked as to why a team like the Kings who currently operate in the hole should give out even more money, he simply said, the players are entertainers and need to be paid as such. They can’t step down from what they are making. TO be completely honest, I think the sport needs a complete reset.
No guaranteed contracts – I don’t have one, you probably don’t have one, the NFL players don’t have one, why do basketball players? Their skill diminish more rapidly than NFL players, and their contracts kills the team’s competitiveness. I don’t know about you but I am sick of hearing about teams who trade for expiring contracts. Everytime I hear that I just want to throw up.
Block “Super Teams” – If a team wants three superstars, then it can have it, but if the yearly salaries go over the cap a steep cap penalty is set off, where the team might have to pay as much as a 25% surcharge to be payable to all the teams that didn’t blow the cap.
Soft cap – Hard cap doesn’t work, do a baseball soft cap but make the penalties much stiffer for circumventing it and going over it.
Get rid of rookie contract caps – This was dumb from the beginning. Rookies in the NBA are superstar ready. There is no reason why they can’t be paid as superstars. besides if they fail, you can always bounce them from the squad the next season since the contracts aren’t guaranteed. Pay for play, that’s the best way to maximize talent in the league.
These would be radical changes for certain but it would make the league less susceptible to contract talks in the future. Everyone wins, except for the fans, they always get screwed no matter what. In the meantime though . . .
How much of a tumble are basketball cards going to take if the strike continues?