Bill Bridges Basketball Card

Description
This Bill Bridges basketball card is number 86 in a series of 99 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1969-1970 National Basketball Association season. The card is longer than standard cards, measuring 2½ by 4 ¾ inches. The front of the card features a green oval inset surrounded by drawn figures playing basketball. Inside the inset is a posed picture of the Atlanta Hawks forward. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Bill is the Hawks team captain,” as well as a short biography and career statistics.
It is apparent Bridges 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
date made
1969
depicted
Bridges, Bill
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
1982.0568.157
accession number
1982.0568
catalog number
1982.0568.157
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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