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John Mengelt Basketball Card

John Mengelt Basketball Card

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This John Mengelt basketball card is number 3 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 Detroit Pistons guard. The card’s reverse features a small cartoon image illustrating the factoid that “One of John’s Nicknames is ‘Crash’,” as well as a short biography and career statistics.
Mengelt played in the NBA from 1971 until 1981, playing the bulk of his career with the Detroit Pistons (1972 - 1976) and the Chicago Bulls (1976 - 1980). Mengelt also played for the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, and Golden State Warriors. The backup shooting guard was noted for his ability to provide "instant offense" off the bench averaging 10 points in just 20 minutes per game during his career.
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Object Name
card, basketball
date made
Topps Chewing Gum
NBA Properties, Inc.
Mengelt, John
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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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