Fred Foster Basketball Card

Description
This Fred Foster basketball card is number 53 in a series of 175 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1970-1971 National Basketball Association season. The card is longer than standard cards, measuring 2½ inches by 4 ¾ inches. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Cincinnati Royals guard-forward on a yellow background. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Fred is known as the ‘quiet man’,” as well as a short biography and career statistics.
It is apparent Foster is wearing his jersey backwards on this card, which looks strange compared to modern cards but was common in basketball cards until the early 1970s. It is believed that the player’s would forfeit their fee to the team if the team name appeared so many players wore their jerseys backwards, wore their warm-ups, or posed in such a way to obscure the team name.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
card, basketball
date made
1970
depicted
Foster, Fred
maker
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
1982.0568.156
accession number
1982.0568
catalog number
1982.0568.156
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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