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LaRue Martin Basketball Card

LaRue Martin Basketball Card

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This LaRue Martin basketball card is number 89 in a series of 264 manufactured by the Topps Company Inc. for the 1973-1974 NBA season. The front of the card features a posed picture of the Portland Trailblazers’ center. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “LaRue is on a weight-gaining program,” as well as a short biographical sketch and career statistics.
Martin was taken first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1972 NBA draft, selected due to great performances against star centers Bill Walton and Jim Chones in college. Unfortunately, Martin is known as one of the most underachieving number one picks in NBA history, playing only four years for Portland, averaging 5.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Martin retired in 1976, right before the Trailblazers won their first NBA championship in 1977.
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Object Name
card, basketball
date made
Martin, LaRue
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
NBA Properties, Inc.
Topps Chewing Gum
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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accession number
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Basketball Cards
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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