Cade Cunningham's injury and basketball cards

Contributor: John McTaggart

It’s raining here in the Motor City this morning, which is fitting wondering the news all of Detroit Pistons fans got this week — Cade Cunningham is going to have surgery on his shin and miss the remainder of the regular season.

Admittedly, the season has not gone according to plan. 

The team, well, stinks, which is not what most of us expected. The Silver Lining, however, is we now find ourselves in the mix for Victor Wembanyama, and every day without Cunningham, is one day closer we get to landing the French superstar.

Carrying on the theme of silver linings is the fact that Cunningham’s hobby is certain to take a dive — and this fact is something folks like myself view as an opportunity.

Simply put — I’m buying the crap out of Cunningham PSA 10s, which is a real stretch for someone who has like zero modern cards in the fold.

Why am I doing this?

Well, because I firmly believe Cuningham is a budding superstar, a do-it-all talent that will rise to the top of the heap in the league once he gets back from this little set back. 

For those of you old enough to remember, one Michael Jordan missed nearly an entire season early in his career, just sayin’

No, I’m not comparing the two directly, but I am trying to say that season-ending injuries are overcome, often.

Cunningham left the campaign averaging neatly 20 points per game, 6 assists and 6 rebounds per game, through a dozen games, and some of that was with a wonky shin.

I’m looking at 2021 Prizm PSA 10s, if possible, and even some raw stuff that looks really clean to send off to PSA. 

Although I’m in full-bore buying mode with this guy, I’m not in a hurry. 

The longer he’s out, the worse the Pistons perform and the closer the offseason gets, the lower these prices are going to go for his hobby.

So, if you get a deal now — awesome.

If you can’t find one right away, just make sure his name is on the list of “to buy,” and keep your eyes and ears out for his stuff. 

Come this time next year, you’ll be glad you did. 

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