Wendell Ladner Basketball Card

Description
This Wendell Ladner basketball card is number 226 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 American Basketball Association (ABA) season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Memphis Tams forward on a yellow background. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Wendell is a tiger on the court,” as well as a short biography and career statistics.
Wendell played in the ABA from 1970-1975, playing for the Memphis Pros, Carolina Cougars, Memphis Tams, Kentucky Colonels, and New York Nets. Wendell won an ABA championship playing for the New York Nets in the 1973-74 season. Ladner was also named a two-time ABA All-Star and was selected to the All-Rookie Team in 1971. Tragically, Ladner died in a commercial plane crash on June 24, 1975, just outside New York City. Ladner's body was identified in the wreckage due to the ABA championship ring worn on his finger.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
card, basketball
date made
1972
copyright date
1969
publisher
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
depicted
Ladner, Wendell
maker
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
1982.0568.090
accession number
1982.0568
catalog number
1982.0568.090
subject
Basketball
Professional
Basketball Cards
Sports
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Culture and the Arts: Sport and Leisure
Basketball Cards
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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