After a great March, another month filled with awesome new drops is here.
Baseball is back (after a lengthy scare!) and the NBA playoffs are rapidly approaching.
In April, there will be a mix of baseball, basketball, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokémon assets hitting Dibbs.
Let’s get into the specifics.
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MLB Opening Day Drop
Opening day this year falls on Thursday, April 7th. In honor of opening day, we are dropping the card of an MLB legend. One of the best Center Fielders of all time.
“The Natural” Ken Griffey Jr.
1989 UD Star Rookie Ken Griffey Jr. PSA 10
This card was part of Upper Deck’s debut into baseball card production in 1989.
A little history - Upper Deck used tamper-proof foil wrapper in its packaging, opposed to the normal wax wrappers that Topps had made the norm. This detail helped catapult Upper Deck past Topps as the high-quality card producer at that time.
Upper Deck used this card as the #1 to showcase the set. It was quite a risk to showcase the set with an up and coming player, instead of a proven superstar.
There is so much to say about Griffey, but we’ll have to keep it short. He entered the league as one of the most exciting prospects ever. Griffey Jr. played with his dad, Griffey Sr., earning himself the nickname “The Kid”.
They quickly made history, hitting back to back home runs in a game on August 31st, 1990.
Jackie Robinson Day
1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson PSA 7
This 1949 Bowman #50 Jackie Robinson is considered to be one of Jackie Robinson’s premier cards. Showcasing bold colors, specifically right around his hat, this card has a vintage feel to it.
While it is only a PSA 7, this is an incredibly valuable grade because the card was produced in 1949. It’s common for cards in this set to have severe condition or centering issues.
A POP 136 with a PSA 7 grade is a no brainer.
The history of Jackie Robinson is so special, and warrants an entire article in and of itself.
He is simply one of the most prolific and admirable athletes in history. Before breaking the MLB color barrier, he was a four-sport athlete at UCLA, playing baseball, football, basketball and track & field.
Despite enduring immense abuse from fans, Jackie Robinson won MLB Rookie of the year in 1947, and MVP in 1949.
In 1955, he helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to a World Series Championship.
In 1997, Robinson’s number “42” was retired across the MLB. April 15th is now known as “Jackie Robinson Day”, and on this day all players across the league wear his number “42”.
Yu-Gi-Oh x Pokémon
2003 Yu-Gi-Oh! #MFC105 Dark Paladin Magician's Force 1st Edition PSA 10
The second Yu-Gi-Oh card to hit Dibbs, this card comes from the Magician’s Force booster pack that introduces Union monsters who have the ability to combine with, and strengthen other monsters.
This Dark Paladin card is a PSA 10 POP 83.
About Dark Paladin
Dark Paladin is a Level 8 Fusion Monster that comes from the combination of Dark Magician and Buster Blader. One of Dark Paladin’s most effective ability is the negation of any Spell Card activations, which cripple your opponents strength.
The Fusion Monster is the perfect card to counter opponents who utilize Dragons in their deck, like the famed Blue-Eyes White Dragon.
2002 Pokémon Neo Destiny #109 Shining Mewtwo 1st Edition PSA 10
This Pokémon Neo Destiny set was released in February, 2002 with 113 cards. Only 8 of those cards are of the shining rare variety.
The Mewtwo card, along with the Shining Pokémon in this set, are holographic metallic and highly coveted by collectors.
This Mewtwo card is a PSA 10 POP 186.
Mewtwo is a Psychic-type legendary Pokémon introduced in Generation I. This specific Mewtwo’s attack points are higher than that of its Japanese counterpart.
Unlike other Pokémon, Mewtwo is not known to evolve. Mewtwo can, however, mega evolve into two different forms: Mega Mewtwo X and Mega Mewtwo Y.
2020 Panini Prizm #278 Lamelo Ball Purple Ice Prizm /175 PSA 10
The Panini Prizm is debatably the biggest yearly basketball release. This 2020 Panini release contained 2 autographs, 22 parallels and 10 inserts.
LaMelo is seen as the chase card in the 2020 set, as he has set himself apart from others as one of the most exciting young players in the NBA both on and off the court.
This card is numbered to only 175 copies, with just 23 of those graded as a PSA 10.
LaMelo has basically been in the spotlight since middle school, when he played with his two older brothers, Lonzo and Gelo Ball. Spoiler alert - LaMelo never shied away from the spotlight.
LaMelo won Rookie of the Year honors as a rookie. This year, in his second season, he made his first appearance in the All-Star game.
LaMelo has an incredibly bright future, and it would be no surprise to see him add an MVP to his already growing list of accolades at some point in his career.
Get Started on Dibbs
If you are looking to dive into the new era of digital collectibles, you are in the right place. Dibbs is the first 24/7 market where customers can instantly buy and sell fractions of real world collectables. Dibbs allows collectors to buy, sell and collect fractions of assets from any connected device, with just a few clicks.
Whether you are a seasoned collector or are just dipping your toes in, Dibbs is the place for you. Enjoy the frictionless process of buying assets ranging from comic books, to sports cards and Pokémon cards.