LaRue Martin Basketball Card

Description
This LaRue Martin basketball card is number 89 in a series of 264 manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1973-1974 NBA season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Portland Trailblazers’ center. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “LaRue is on a weight-gaining program,” as well as a short biographical sketch and career statistics.
Martin was taken first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1972 NBA draft, selected due to great performances against star centers Bill Walton and Jim Chones in college. Unfortunately, Martin is known as one of the most underachieving number one picks in NBA history, playing only four years for Portland, averaging 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Martin retired in 1976, right before the Trailblazers won their first NBA championship in 1977.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1973
copyright date
1969
depicted
Martin, LaRue
publisher
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
maker
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
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
1982.0568.027
accession number
1982.0568
catalog number
1982.0568.027
subject
Basketball
Professional
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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