Artis Gilmore Basketball Card

This Artis Gilmore basketball card is number 180 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 American Basketball Association season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Kentucky Colonels center on an orange background. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Artis has a standing reach of 9 feet 7 inches,” as well as a short biography and career statistics.
Gilmore began his career in the ABA, playing five seasons for the Kentucky Colonels from 1971-1976. He was named MVP in 1971, was picked five times for the All-Star Team, and won the ABA championship in 1975. When the NBA and ABA merged, Gilmore was drafted first overall by the Chicago Bulls in the dispersal draft. He was named to another six All-Star teams in the NBA. During his 12-year NBA career, Gilmore played for the Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics. Gilmore was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
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card, basketball
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NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
Gilmore, Artis
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
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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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