I was checking out the Filbar’s Super Secret Shop a couple of weeks back and I noticed that there are a couple of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George Funko pops left in the pre-order list.
Well, they have since disappeared from the pre-order list... and I get how dated this blog has become.
Anyway, Leonard and George Funko Pops with alternate Clippers jerseys are part of the NBA series that has the likes of Lebron James, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, as well as first-timers Nikola Jokic, Ja Morant, and Trae Young.
I don’t know how much these guys cost but I’m pretty sure they aren’t that expensive as other Funko pops. For starters, this is the third Kahwi Leonard Funko pop, and also, his second Funko pop wearing the LA Clippers uniform. This is also Paul George’s second pop – and second LA Clippers pop. The pop Kawhi Leonard had when he still played for the San Antonio is significantly pricier than both his Clipper Funko pops. For PG13, I bet if he had a pop when he still played for the Indiana Pacers... that would have been an even better collector’s choice.
Apart from the autographed rookie card of Giannis Antetokounmpo that I once had, my basketball cards are pretty useless. I would have rather kept most of my Magic: The Gathering cards because even a black-bordered, Fourth Edition Grizzly Bear can be sold for at least more than a Vin Baker rookie card.
And I was back then, a Vin Baker fan!
When I was in high school, I collected Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway, Scottie Pippen, and Damon Stoudemire. I had a couple of Michael Jordan cards but I was kind of poor back then and I don’t want to ditch a meal in order to buy a pack. Besides, I would rather buy singles back then, and buying rookie cards is kind of an investment.
I have an NBA Hoops rookie card of Anthony Davis in good condition and it goes as high as 34 dollars. With that said, I have a Skybox rookie card of Hardaway and it barely gets a five-dollar price tag. A Chris Webber card can be worth as high as ten dollars and a low as two dollars.
I have a Rudy Gobert rookie card and it’s around the 12 to 24-dollar price range.
The 90s may have been my most favorite era but as far as NBA cards are, that era sucked. Base rookie cards are virtually worthless unless it’s Kobe Bryant.
So I am kind of stoked to switch to Funko pop collecting.
With that said, first-time pops have more value than their succeeding versions – just like collecting basketball cards. Lebron James and Steph Curry are always available in Funko pop stores but you rarely find a Luka Doncic and even a Zion Williamson pop.
But maybe I am just diving into this topic with an insane mindset.
Like basketball card collectors, there are a lot of emotional Funko pop collectors. I for one collect Funko Pops of shows I enjoyed. Maybe the pops were dropped by a disgruntled bandwagon LA Clippers fan – who thought the Clippers would destroy the Los Angeles Lakers en route to humiliate LBJ and Anthony Davis to finally win the franchise’s first championship?
I have a couple of NBA pops in my collection but I am going to stop the line to concentrate on my television line.
With that said, I could buy a Jayson Tatum pop.
Or perhaps a LaMelo Ball one as well.