Spencer Haywood Basketball Card

This Spencer Haywood basketball card is number 162 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 National Basketball Association season. The subset of cards numbered 161-170 were cards of the previous year's NBA All-Stars. The front of the card features an in-game action photo of the Seattle SuperSonics forward Spencer Haywood. The card’s reverse notes Haywood’s All-League honors as well as his statistics from the 1970 and 1972 All-Star games.
Haywood made history as the first player to challenge the NBA's age restriction rule in 1971. As a 20-year old, Haywood played one season for the Denver Rockets of the ABA in 1969-70 before signing with the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics prior to the 1970-71 seaspm. The signing broke the NBA’s eligibility rule that players must be 22 and the league refused to let Haywood play. Haywood sued, and in Haywood v. NBA the Supreme Court ruled that Haywood should be allowed to play. Spencer played 12 years in the NBA for the SuperSonics, New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Bullets. He was the MVP of the ABA in 1970, was named to five All-Star games, and won an NBA title as a member of the Lakers in 1980.
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card, basketball
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Haywood, Spencer
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
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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