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Golden Touch: Ohio Collector Strikes It Rich with 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball

September 26, 2011

Editor’s Note: Ohio collector Nick Gauder enjoyed an extraordinarily run of good fortune with 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball recently. This is his story.

I really love 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball and think it’s one of the nicest and most beautifully designed products Panini America has ever put out. And I would think that even if I hadn’t pulled what I pulled out of two particular boxes from Sports Cards Plus in Columbus, Ohio.

My daughters and I have busted 10 or 11 boxes since the product released and while I know that might not be a lot compared to some people, for a single dad raising two pre-teen daughters, that’s a lot. I know I probably spend too much money on my cards but I make sure my kids are taken care of and my bills are paid first and then whatever’s left over is for my cards. My kids are spoiled and get whatever they want, so shouldn’t Dad get his box or two or three every weekend?

A lot of great pulls from Gold Standard Basketball have come out of Sports Cards Plus but nothing as good as the two I pulled recently. First I pulled the Golden Ticket to meet Kobe Bryant and a few days later I pulled the redemption for the Solid Gold card of Steve Nash.


Initially I was unsure of whether to sell the Nash, but I ended up getting $1,148 for it. Not bad considering that I paid $180 for the box it came from. As for the Golden Ticket, I keep getting people bugging me to sell them my Golden Ticket. In fact, I had a fellow customer at Sports Cards Plus offer me $20,000 cash for it right then and there. Can you believe that?

I told him “no thanks” because as much as me and the girls could use the money, meeting Kobe is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what I pulled. I love Gold Standard and I can’t wait for it to come out in football.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Travis Makuk permalink
    September 26, 2011 12:38 pm

    Awesome story! I just opened a box of Gold Standard this weekend (for the first time). My wife and kids told me I deserved it for being a good father and husband. That alone made my day. They knew I loved reading and watching box breaks videos on this product. So, they bought it for me. I pulled a sweet Steve Smith patch card out of the box. This is, by far, my favorite product from the 2010-11 season. Thank you Panini!

  2. Matt G permalink
    September 26, 2011 12:39 pm

    wow! Amazing story! And who in the world carries around 20,000 dollars in cash? Most of us take 3 of the 0’s off from that and thats what we carry lol.

  3. Scott Bleznick permalink
    September 26, 2011 12:41 pm

    Wow!…he struck gold literally and a ticket to meet Kobe! I would have to take the 20,000 bones if I was in his shoes…

  4. September 26, 2011 12:56 pm

    Really Awesome Ticket you got there! And you are a one-of-a-kind dad too! Good for you! Your daughters must be very proud of you 🙂 YOU are a 1 Of 1 !

  5. Steve McCartney permalink
    September 26, 2011 2:22 pm

    Gold Standard is an amazing product and could be a nominee for Product of the Year. I thoroughly enjoyed opening the two boxes I purchased, with my only regret that I could not afford more. Plus I did get a Kobe auto #’d to 49 in one box, which was a great bonus. Thanks Panini! Can’t wait to see Gold Standard Football!!

  6. September 26, 2011 3:03 pm

    Congrats on the amazing pulls!


  7. Chip permalink
    September 26, 2011 8:53 pm

    Crazy not to take the $20K.

  8. Trey Huntsman permalink
    September 26, 2011 10:18 pm

    haha you could have kobe sign so much stuff that you make 20k in 10 minutes

  9. Dasiegel2007 permalink
    September 27, 2011 9:06 am

    I think its great that the guy who wins this ticket is sharing the hobby with his family. How many kids, let alone girls do you see involved with sports cards these days with the Internet and not Hobby store driven industry? Tough to turn away 20K but like one comment said, he’ll probably sign a bunch of things that could be sold and you can have a (hopefully) unforgettable memory to share… I’m cool with his decision.

  10. Scott W. Prusha permalink*
    September 27, 2011 11:13 am

    You are a great dude and I’m happy for you and your family!

  11. Nick Gauder permalink
    September 27, 2011 7:42 pm

    Thanks everybody! I appreciate all the nice comments. Oh and by the way the guy didnt have the $20,000 on him but his bank is only 5 mins away. Ha ha, like i said this is something my daughters and i will never forget and i am so thankful for Panini for giving me and all of us collectors the chance to win or pull such a great prize! Thanks Tracy and thanks Scott for everything!

  12. gomiamigo permalink
    September 28, 2011 1:05 pm

    College is expensive. GL with your decision.


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