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Retro Gaming: NBA Jam (Sega Mega Drive)

BOOM SHAKALAKA!!!! Those two words (if they can even be called words) were ingrained into my brain as a 9 year old. I’d walk past an NBA Jam arcade machine and hear the awesome music and kids screaming with laughter when they were ‘heating up’. Well folks luckily for us back in 1993 the guys at Midway gave us a great port of the arcade classic NBA Jam to the Sega Mega Drive and later the Super Nintendo.

For 2 on 2 Basketball it doesn’t get much better than this game, scoring three times in a row will put your player on fire, turning the basketball into a flaming implement of can’t miss 3 pointers! The series is well known for its gravity defying dunks and no rules basketball antics. The voice commentary in this game was somewhat revolutionary in its day also, no other basketball game at the time was able to capture the excitement of televised basketball in a video game before.

The soundtrack is excellent and the game includes all 27 NBA Teams (from back in 1993). Being a fully licensed game by the NBA was a major deal as you could play from a selection of great NBA players like Scottie Pippen, Dominique Wilkins, Clyde Drexler, the list goes on. Unfortunately Michael Jordan does not make an appearance in this game, but around the time not too many Basketball games were lucky enough to obtain the Jordan license anyway.

From a time when we had many many Basketball video games to choose from, most pretty good ones also NBA Jam stands above them all as a diamond in a sea of slightly less polished by otherwise fairly shiny diamonds!

The Big 3 Collectables Fair April 2011 – Cards From The Show

Ok so just got back from “The Big 3” collectables fair at Sandown racecourse (Victoria, Australia) so as always, time to post up what I brought back.

  • 2004-05 Dwight Howard Ultimate Patch #’d 027-100
  • 1x box 2004-05 Upper Deck SPx

First, a new addition to the Superman collection:

2004-05 Dwight Howard Ultimate (4-colour) Patch #’d 027/100dwightHoward_ultimatePatch










And the 2004-05 Upper Deck SPx hits – A nice Shawn Marrion jersey and Amare/Nash dual jersey:


Dorell Wright rookie jersey (not super exciting):


Few other SPx inserts:

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Was a great show and my first time there so I had lots of fun. It’s no doubt the biggest collectables show in Victoria so looking forward to the next time I go. June is the next show I think so I’ll head down then.

New Mail Arrived! Dwight Howard and Chris Paul

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Had some new eBay mail arrive last night, I picked up a really nice 09/10 Upper Deck Exquisite Chris Paul Auto Buyback #’d 8/13 and a Dwight Howard 06/07 Trilogy Signs of Stardom auto.

If you are unsure what an autograph buyback card actually is, basically it’s a card that was originally released unsigned in a previous product, re-purchased by the card company and autographed by the player. Buybacks are usually very limited and in this case, the original card was #’d to 125 but out of those 125 only 13 are actually autographed as above so that’s pretty cool.

To give a bit of an update on the 94-95 Skybox emotion set chase, no movement yet. Still not been able to track down any more cards but I’m chasing up on a few leads at the moment. Expect some more news mid next week.

1994-95 Skybox Emotion – First Cards Received!


Some mail arrived today, my first lot of 1994-95 Skybox Emotion cards have are here!. Wow I love this set, reminds me of the good old days, can’t wait to complete this set. Its a 121 card base set which means I’m 6 cards in (excluding the Dickey Simpkins rookie card), only 115 to go!

To recap the above:

  • Dickey Simpkins Rookie card – Not apart of base set
  • #11 BJ Armstrong
  • #43 Eric Piatkowski
  • #57 Tom Gugliotta
  • #74 B.J. Tyler
  • #83 Clifford Robinson
  • #100 Michael Jordan

I’m expecting a bunch more in over the next few days so probably some more stuff to show after the weekend. I’ll be posting all these up on here until the set is complete!

1997-98 Topps Chrome Season’s Best Key Master Inserts


Topps Chrome have always been very cool to look at and the 1997-98 sets back in the day were no exception. Right now I’m really loving looking back at all these old cards and especially the inserts, they don’t make inserts like they used to anymore.

I’ve managed to find a few of these Chrome season’s best key master inserts floating around on eBay so of course I snapped them up quick. I have always had the Shaq (above) but on the way I have:

  • Patrick Ewing #SB22
  • Hakeem Olajuwon #SB23
  • Alonzo Morning #?

The set contains 29 of these cards so once I have these arrive from the bay I’ve still got a fair way to go, the MJ will be very difficult to track down I’m guessing but the others hopefully won’t be so bad. These inserts appeared 1:8 packs in the 1997-98 Topps Chrome boxes so worst case I could probably pick up a few boxes of them from trust Dave & Adams Card World.

Of course, once the set is complete they’ll be posted up on here as usual.