Nate Thurmond Basketball Card

This Nate Thurmond basketball card is number 10 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 red oval inset surrounded by drawn figures playing basketball. Inside the inset is a posed picture of the San Francisco Warriors center. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Nate is one of the NBA’s top three men,” as well as a short biography and career statistics. It is apparent Thurmond 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.
Nate Thurmond played 14 seasons in the NBA with the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, and Cleveland Cavaliers from 1963 to 1977. Thurmond was a seven-time all-star and a five-time selection to the NBA's All-Defensive team. Thurmond is one of just four players in NBA history to record over 40 rebounds in a single game and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1985.
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Object Name
card, basketball
date made
Thurmond, Nate
Topps Company, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in; 12.065 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Basketball Cards
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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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