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Skybox Basketball Cards are Better than a Computer Game?

It seem that the Skybox folks might have picked an odd industry to chase after. Were basketballs cards falling on hard time because of how well computer basketball games were doing? Wouldn’t people who are really into playing computer basketball also be the ones most likely to buy basketball cards? Are cards more “Real” than a computer game? Marketing is complicated and hurts my head.

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Mattel Classic Basketball

Right around quitting time yesterday my wife informed me that she and my daughter were going to Girl Scouts and that my son was going over to visit my mother. That left me with a couple of hours to kill and so I stopped by a few thrift stores I haven’t visited in a while. For the most part the trips were a bust, but I did run across one good find:

At first glance I thought this might be one of the original Mattel handhelds from the late 1970s, but closer inspection revealed it to be the 2003 re-release. Despite being a newer version (“Now with 3-Point Shot!”), it still looks, feels, and plays like the original ones. At $3.98 and still new in the packaging, I couldn’t pass it up.

I plan on swapping it out with my son’s Nintnedo 3DS this weekend to see if he notices.

Dennis Rodman Powerslam Action Figure

Although it feels somewhat odd to be writing about Dennis Rodman on a retro-themed website, it’ll be fifteen years this summer since Dennis Rodman made his debut as a part-time professional wrestler in the WCW alongside Hulk Hogan as a member of the New World Order (NWO). After receiving multiple suspensions from the NBA (one for headbutting a referee, another for kicking a cameraman in the groin), professional wrestling seemed like a perfect match for “The Worm”.

I picked this figure up at a garage sale last weekend for $2. The “Power Slam” version of Dennis Rodman came with several accessories, including a breakaway backboard (that breaks into four pieces) and a pink fedora. You can also remove Rodman’s silver jacket for when it was time to get in the ring and get down to business. I have seen the same figure for sale with orange hair instead of blue, leading me to believe that the figure (just like the real Rodman) was available with multiple hair colors.