Friday, April 28, 2017

Bailey Howell Swatch Card

Regular readers know I'm not a fan of basketball, and outside of the legends of the 1980s and 1990s (say, the 1992 Dream Team and LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony) and a couple of present-day players, my knowledge of those who have played it is pretty much non-existent.

Bailey Howell certainly falls into that category, despite his inclusion in the Naismith Hall Of Fame. Apparently, he was a power forward and two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics; standing at 6'7" in the 1960s, his name is now synonymous with an award given to the best basketball player in Mississippi. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and held 12 records at Mississippi State University.

I only learned of him because I pulled this card of his back in 2010:
It's card #29 from Panini's Century Collection, from Donruss' 2010 Americana set and Sports sub-set, featuring a U.S. "Naismith" postage stamp and a red swatch from an item worn by Howell.

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