Rick Adelman Basketball Card

This Rick Adelman basketball card is number 117 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 National Basketball Association season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Portland Trail Blazers guard on a blue background. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Rick’s hobby is playing pool,” as well as a short biography and career statistics. It is apparent Adelman is wearing his jersey backwards, which looks strange compared to modern cards but was common in basketball cards until the early 1970s.
Adelman played for the San Diego Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Jazz, and the Kansas City-Omaha Kings during his seven-year NBA career (1968 to 1975). Adelman went on to coach the Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and Minnesota Timberwolves after his playing career was over. His Portland Trail Blazers teams lost in the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992.
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card, basketball
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Adelman, Rick
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
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Basketball Cards
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Basketball Cards
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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