These New Video Basketball Cards Make Me Yearn for the Simpler Days of My Youth

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I used to collect basketball cards as a kid and if I was still a kid, I'd probably go apeshit for these new cards that can play 20 minutes of video highlights. But are they even basketball cards anymore?

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Though they're made from cardboard, they're bigger and thicker than your everyday card. The screen takes up 2/3rds of one side and will show clips of the player, along with music and voiceovers. Even more, the cards come with 2 gigs for storage and a charger—yep, a charger—to juice it all up. That's a far cry from the technology of yore like refractors, protective film and bubblegum. These things are pre-programmed USB sticks with a screen fancying themselves as collector items.

But still, imagine you're a kid and you pull one of these video cards of your favorite player. That'd still be pretty damn fun. Ah, life is so much simpler as a kid. [LA Times]

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Looks more like a waste of technology. All of the card games and collector cards these days cost way too much for very few cards in a pack. Now they want kids to shell out even more for something like this? Better to just stick with lenticular 3D cards.