Happy Hairston Basketball Card

Happy Hairston Basketball Card

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This Happy Hairston basketball card is number 121 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 National Basketball Association season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Los Angeles Lakers forward on a blue background. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “Happy had his own radio show in Cincinnati,” as well as a short biography and career statistics. Hairston played for the Cincinnati Royals, Detroit Pistons, and Los Angeles Lakers during his 13 year NBA career, winning a championship as a member of the 1971-1972 Lakers.
It is apparent Hairston is wearing his jersey backwards, 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.
Object Name
card, basketball
date made
Hairston, Happy
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 3 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Basketball Cards
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National Museum of American History
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