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Spencer Haywood Basketball Card

Spencer Haywood Basketball Card

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This Spencer Haywood basketball card is number 162 in a series of 264 that was manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1972-1973 National Basketball Association season. The subset of cards numbered 161-170 were cards of the previous year's NBA All-Stars. The front of the card features an in-game action photo of the Seattle SuperSonics forward Spencer Haywood. The card’s reverse notes Haywood’s All-League honors as well as his statistics from the 1970 and 1972 All-Star games.
Haywood made history as the first player to challenge the NBA's age restriction rule in 1971. As a 20-year old, Haywood played one season for the Denver Rockets of the ABA in 1969-70 before signing with the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics prior to the 1970-71 seaspm. The signing broke the NBA’s eligibility rule that players must be 22 and the league refused to let Haywood play. Haywood sued, and in Haywood v. NBA the Supreme Court ruled that Haywood should be allowed to play. Spencer played 12 years in the NBA for the SuperSonics, New York Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Los Angeles Lakers, and Washington Bullets. He was the MVP of the ABA in 1970, was named to five All-Star games, and won an NBA title as a member of the Lakers in 1980.
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Object Name
card, basketball
date made
Haywood, Spencer
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
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National Museum of American History
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spencer haywood was the greatest power forward in the world 1968-1974. he had the best year in ABA history-not erving or malone or any of the other ABA players. he also set sonics records for yearly highest scoring and rebounding averages that stood until sonics left seattle. he could jump with anyone, could touch top of the backboard in his early years. he was also the smoothest player ever. he made dunking look easy & doesnt get credit for being one of best dunkers ever. detroit u. staff say he was only one to dunk from free throw line with 2 hands-where are you dr j. bill russell forced him out of seattle with his ridiculous coaching methods, ruining john brisker & jim mcdaniels in the process. if russell wasnt a player coach he was a lousy coach, and got fired by seattle shortly after haywood left for new york. injuries took their toll on haywood after 1974. he wanted to play as much as he could for the knicks, but his career was up and down there, partially due to coaches knowing he could play any of the three upfront positions well when healthy. had a great half year with jazz, but was traded when they moved to utah. cocaine addiction hurt him in los angeles, and at end of his career with washington. however, he did have a great half season & playoffs with the bullets in early 1982. tried to come back in 1985 when he was 36 years old but the pistons players did all they could to make him look bad & he was cut. a great career cut short by injuries and cocaine. he still was a great one, college & olympics included.

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