T-Mac, Rockets on a Historical Run
The Rockets have now won 22 straight games, with the last 10 coming without their leading scorer (before getting injured)/rebounder/shot-blocker/freethrow shooter, Yao Ming. Tracy McGrady has really stepped up his game in Yao's absence, but collectors have been very slow to drive up his rookie values, despite his success on the court. During the November through February period (he did miss 11 straight games in Dec/Jan), his 97-98 SP Authentic RC averaged between $10-12 TAC. In March, while he's been carrying the Rockets (along with Rafer Alston), that card has just started to show some signs of life over the past week, with it's average TAC rising to $13.75. I don't think that we've seen the real jump in value that's in store for McGrady's top base rookie card, as long as the Rockets can continue their success into the playoffs. It could have the potential to reach around $20 TAC.
I haven't seen any of his ultra-rare 97-98 Skybox Autographics Auto's sell this season. I did see two of his 97-98 Skybox Rubies #'d 50 sell recently though. One went for $284 in February, and the other for $206.50 on 3/13.
With the Celtics coming to town tomorrow, and the Rockets visiting New Orleans, Golden State & Phoenix thereafter, this miraculous streak may be coming to an end soon. It was surly a great run, and hopefully they didn't peak out too early.