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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Player Focus: David West

Power Forward David West is one of those players that has consistently improved each year, has been a consistent producer for his team, and has eluded the hobby spotlight. From the beginning of the season through 12/17, he averaged 18 ppg & 9.3 rpg. In his last 8 games, those numbers have increased to 24 ppg & 10.4 rpg, which have helped the Hornets to their current 7-1 run.

West's Auto rookies were easy finds for under $10 for most of his career; until recently. It seems like the hobby is finally starting to notice his contributions to this up-and-coming New Orleans team. I just saw one of his SPx Auto/Jsy RC's #'d 1999 sell for $18.50 TAC earlier today (probably a record high for this card!). In the near term, I'm guessing that you'll be able to pick up his SPx RC for around $10-15 TAC. If the Hornets can continue their success, and become one of the next-gen power teams, expect his values to rise. Collectors will probably start digging through their rookie common boxes, looking for those West cards that they had nearly forgotten about, from 5 long years ago.

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