Collectors looking to invest in some veteran players who may be switching uniforms next season in the NBA should watch the free agent list. There are some impressive names who could switch teams and therefore make their worth that much greater. Heading the free agent list of 1999-2000 are Penny Hardaway, a sure bet to leave Orlando, and Karl "the mailman" Malone, who may opt to finish his career with a team he believes has a shot at winning the NBA title. Others on the list: Charles Oakley, Mitch Richmond, Detlef Schrempf and Vin Baker.

Speaking of the NBA, collectors can forget about a reunification between Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson in Los Angeles - or Scottie Pippen for that matter. Jordan says he has no plans to "unretire," even though he would technically be a free agent, and Jackson and the Lakers could sign him without giving up any players. While Jackson would also like to have Pippen on his team again, Pippen's salary would put the Lakers over the salary cap and he would have to take a salary cut in order to play for LA.

Randy Minkoff is a former reporter, writer, editor and author, with more than three decades of journalism experience and a unique combination of both print and broadcasting. Minkoff is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Crain's Chicago Business. He has been syndicated nationally as a radio/TV critic and has also written a weekly column for the Daily Herald. He is the author of Ron Santo; For Love of Ivy, the biography of the former Cub third baseman and his battle against diabetes. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism.