Our today’s featured basketball card is a Rickey Paulding from 2004 SAGE Basketball product.
Basketball Card Information
Card Number: A23
Set Name: Authentic Autograph
Fun facts from the card: Is a superb athlete & an explosive player. Has a quick first step & great leaping ability. Throws down thunderous dunks. Knows how to finish in traffic. Moves well without the ball & shoots well coming off screens. Great slasher to the basket with solid ball handling skills. His superior athleticism alone makes him a good defender. Is great at rolling off picks. Is an excellent rebounder.
Estimated Price: $1
Investment Potential: The card value has no room to grow since Rickey Paulding is no longer playing in the NBA. However, set and player autographs collectors may still chase this card but not as an investment but for fun.
Most NBA fans can recognize the name of Dwyane Wade, a three-time NBA Champ and of course a 2006 Finals MVP awardee but way back in Wade’s collegiate years there is a basketball player named Rickey Paulding.
Paulding and Missouri Tigers fans probably can still remember that day when Rickey scored 37 points against Wade’s Marquette Golden Eagles in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. Although the Tigers lost that game but his performance versus the now great Dwyane Wade is still a good memory.
He was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in the NBA during the 2004 NBA Draft. He got selected in the second round and ended up as the 54th overall pick.
Paulding logged 12.2 points per game during the Summer League but wasn’t able to secure a contract with the Pistons. He also tried his luck with the Sacramento Kings but was unable to make the final cut.
He was seen in the international league and was a member of Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel League, Lyon Villeurbanne, BCM Graveline Dunkerque Grand Littoral and EWE Baskets Oldenburg of German Bundesliga.