I recently picked up 20 packs of 1995 Pro Mags USA basketball and I figured America's birthday was the perfect day to share these with you.
I grabbed these for several reasons: I'm a huge fan of Team USA basketball, I love oddballs and remember these magnets from the 90's, plus they were reasonably cheap ($19.80 + $5 shipping).
The set only contains 10 player magnets and each pack contained 3 magnets. In theory, I should have been able to build a set with four to six packs, so I was hoping for at least 3 sets: one for me, one for my nephew, and one for this contest. However this product's collation was pretty bad and I was only able to complete one set and here it is:
#1 Hakeem Olajuwon
#2 Glenn Robinson
#3 Karl Malone
#4 Shaquille O'Neal
#5 Reggie Miller
#6 David Robinson
#7 John Stockton
#8 Anfernee Hardaway
#9 Scottie Pippen
#10 Grant Hill
The set previewed our 1996 Olympic team assembled by Lenny Wilkens, which took home the Gold Medal in Atlanta. They were labeled the Dream Team III and rightfully so, because it's stacked with six Hall of Famers. Plus, Shaq is guaranteed to make it in too.
I was a huge collector of Big Dog and Penny in the 90's, but I don't see them getting in. And then there's Grant Hill. What do you think? Here's your question of the day:
Will Grant Hill make the basketball Hall of Fame?
By the way, Gary Payton and Mitch Richmond were the only two Dream Team members not included in set.
According to Beckett, Chris Martin Enterprises also produced a die-cut parallel to the set, which is double in value. I didn't come across any of these parallels in my packs, so I'm curious as to how these were distributed.
Okay... mini contest time. Since I don't have a complete set to give away, I'm not going to add this into the main contest. Instead, if you'd like to win a partial set (8 out of 10 magnets) then all you have to do is guess the following things:
I mentioned collation was terrible. Which player did I pull the most copies of?
Just in case we need a tie break, tell me how many magnets of that player I pulled.
Example: Payton x5
If by chance there's a tie... the person who's closest without going over will win. And if two or more people have the same guess... the first person will win the lot. FYI: I will ship out this prize with the rest of the contest prizes in August.
Okay... it's time to get ready for the long day ahead of me: barbecue, baseball, and fireworks. I hope all of you out there who live in America enjoy a safe, holiday weekend. Everyone else... happy Monday.... and sayonara!