Elmore Smith Basketball Card

This Elmore Smith basketball card is number 76 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Buffalo Braves center on a pink background. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Elmore is first 7-footer to play for Braves,” as well as a short biography and career statistics.
Elmore played in the NBA from 1971-1979 as a member of the Buffalo Braves, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Elmore led the league in blocks in 1974 with an average of 4.9 per game, which remains the third-highest ever recorded for a single season. Smith also set the single-game record for blocks with 17 in a 1973 game against Portland.
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Object Name
card, basketball
date made
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NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
Smith, Elmore
Topps Company, Inc.
NBA Properties, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
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African American
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Basketball Cards
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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