Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Karl Malone Game-Used Floor Card

Yes, that's exactly what it sounds like, and Upper Deck just may have gone too far. A floor? What's next, actual melted-then-dried ice from NHL rinks?

I don't know how many pieces of floor they cut up, nor how many cards the set has, but every piece of floor has a logo on it, usually one of the team the player on the card played for when he was on the floor in question.

In this case, the Karl Malone card sports the 2001 NBA All Star Game logo on it, the one that was held in Washington, DC, in which Malone was a reserve power forward, in his 13th appearance (of an eventual 14) in the mid-season classic, even though he is seen wearing his Utah Jazz uniform. He was named All Star Game MVP in 1989 and 1993.

Nicknamed ''The Mailman'' because of his consistency (''the mailman always delivers''!), Malone twice was named the NBA MVP and only trails the great Kareen Abdul-Jabbar in career points scored - both considerable feats considering he was a contemporary of Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman and Hakeem Olajuwon, most of whom he played with on the Dream Team that won Olympic gold in 1992 and 1996. His eleven consecutive 2000 point seasons are above and beyond what any other player has managed to amass. He also holds the record for most seasons as the league-leader in free throws made, with 7.

The card (#KA) is from the 2001-02 SP Game Floor Edition, by Upper Deck, and, yes, the piece of floor is dented, like it got hit by a chair or something.

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