By David Yarger
“The Chase” Co-Host
Wednesday morning, “The Chase” crew got an update regarding the recent Mac Jones Black Finite one-of-one that was highlighted on episode three of the show.
Chad Stone, a 13-year-old collector, recently pulled the big hit on a live stream, which garnered ultra social media hype. Stone then sold the card for $100,000.
Following the transaction, rumor had come out that the card resold. The rumor proved untrue, as “The Chase” dove deeper into the situation. The card was recently sent to PSA and received a grade of gem mint 10.
The card is now up for sale, and negotiations are currently running through card broker Henry Reynolds. Reynolds sat down with “The Chase” to give an update on the card’s status, and give the crew a rundown of what the card broker profession entails.
Reynolds, who has been a broker for around a year, said the term “card broker” is a buttoned up term for someone who facilitates deals and who accepts consignment. He added he tries to connect the seller with potential buyers and make sure transactions flow smoothly. He also noted he is a hobbyist as well, and being from Chicago, he grew up a big Devin Hester collector.
Reynolds said he heard the news of the Mac Jones pull less than 24 hours after it occurred.
“Several hours after this pulled, several people brought it to my attention. Then the current owner of the card also brought it to my attention and that’s when we went ahead and facilitated and made an offer and got a deal done,” Reynolds said.
Upon hearing the card was graded gem mint PSA 10, Reynolds said there was a lot of excitement around the mark.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “A lot of people want to say that with a one of one card like that, the card doesn’t need to be graded or the grade may not matter as much. I think that there’s merit to every point no matter what way you look at it. However, I will say, for the end user of that card, for the person who’s going to put in the highest bid or the person who’s going to put that card in their safe for a long time, that card in a PSA 10 is just a nice bow on top. … There’s nothing to complain about. When you look at the card and you hold it, there’s no reserves in the back of your mind, the card is perfect.”
Interest has been high, Reynolds said. He said he’s perused through many inquiries regarding the one of one.
“There’s been a ton of interest. There’s been a ton of offers,” he said. “At this point in time, it’s kind of like letting the dust settle. Things move quick in the card world. It takes one phone call for things to be done and legitimized.”
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This morning, the crew ran through its top-three picks for Thursday evenings NBA draft. Both Troy and David had the same picks, with Jabrari Smith of Auburn going at No. 1 to the Orlando Magic, followed by Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga at No. 2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Paolo Banchero of Duke at No. 3 to the Houston Rockets.
No. 1, Orlando Magic, Jabrari Smith, Auburn, F
The rundown: Smith, coming off his freshman year campaign at Auburn, was a vital asset to the Tigers success this past season. Smith averaged 16.9 points per game, in addition to 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Smith is a versatile big forward whose deep shooting ability makes him a good option here at No. 1. Smith finished last season shooting 42% from behind the 3-point arc. The NBA range is a few feet deeper, so it will be interesting to see his transition from one-year at the collegiate level right to the show. Additionally, he will be an immediate starter, as the Magic lacked any production at the power forward position. He should mix in well with Cole Anthony and Franz Wagner.
No. 2, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga, F
The rundown: Holmgren was quite possibly the most hyped up player in college basketball this past season. The big lanky force averaged 14.1 points per game in his lone season as a Bulldog, in addition to 9.9 rebounds per game.
Holmgren posts a 7’6 wingspan, has the ability to shoot the 3-ball as a big man and, to many, is an elite defender.
Offensively, he struggled against ranked teams last season, averaging just 9.1 points in those contests. Regardless, in most cases, what gets lost on offense can be made up on defense, as those who attack the paint can expect to meet Holmgren at the rim.
The big guy will have to add on some weight and muscle as he progresses to the league, but we’ve seen similar scenarios like this occur. Giannis Antetokounmpo was thin upon his arrival to the NBA, but has turned himself into a top-five player in the league. The same can be said for Kevin Durant. There’s no telling if Holmgren will turn out to be that caliber, but those are just some examples, nonetheless.
No. 3, Houston Rockets, Paolo Banchero, Duke, PF
The rundown: Quite possibly the most NBA ready prospect of the top-three, Paolo Banchero has a very impressive skill set. In his run with Duke, which resulted in a final four appearance, he averaged 17.8 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game and 3.2 assists per game. He can shoot, he can grab boards and he can pass as a versatile forward. Additionally, he is a force getting to the bucket and can finish through contact.
His 3-point shot was not all there in his freshman campaign, as he finished shooting 33%, but as the season progressed his percentage increased through time.
This could be a direct impact for the Rockets as they continue to rebuild. Banchero would join last year’s No. 2 pick Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Eric Gordon, depending on possible trade talks.
Value wise, I believe Banchero has the opportunity to make the most impact at the earliest stage of his NBA career, and that is no damper on Holmgren and Smith – those two are ballers and will likely have great careers. It just shows how stacked the top-three in this 2022 class are.
The NBA Draft begins at 8 p.m. EST, Thursday.