Even though vintage basketball cards are what brought me back to card collecting six or seven years ago now, it's only been in the last three years that I have started acquiring cards from the '61 Fleer set. Even now, I'm still a bit awe struck every time I get another one, even if they are usually just considered the "commons".
This my third to last post before being completely caught up with last year's COMC purchases, the only reason this particular group took me so long to get to, was because I was dreading how much writing was going to be involved. But since I've got five or six more on their way from this year's COMC horde, I figured I better suck it up and get this one written, which as you will see... I have!
Bob played for six different teams during his 11 seasons in the NBA, ultimately announcing his retirement after winning a championship with Milwaukee in 1971.
Bob is a member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Rod was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, but was immediately traded to the Minneapolis (later L.A.) Lakers, where he would become a two time all-star during his six seasons in the NBA. Had to retire at just 28 years old, due to persistent problems in both knees.
Went into announcing immediately after retirement, ultimately becoming the first voice of the New Orleans (later Utah) Jazz in 1974, a position he held until 2009, when once again his knee troubles would cause him to retire.
Rudy was a three time all-star and would appear in four NBA finals with the Lakers, losing all four to the Boston Celtics. After eight seasons, Rudy joined the San Francisco Warriors, becoming an all-star during his final two seasons of play.
In 1968 Bob signed on, in what would become a twelve year stint, to coach the newly created Indiana Pacers during their second season of ABA play, and later the NBA. During his time as coach, the Pacer won three ABA titles (1970, 1972, 1973). Unfortunately they weren't able to keep up their winning ways after the ABA/NBA merger in 1976, thanks in large part to the requirements that they, as well as the three other incoming teams had to meet before joining the league.
Bob rejoined the Pacers in 1985 as member of the broadcasting team, where he can still be found doing color work to this day. In 2014 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach
Walter finally joined the NBA after two years with the Trotters, ultimately playing for three teams during his eight years in the league before joining the Eastern Professional Basketball League in 1963, where he would see action with four teams over the next six years.
During the course of his professional basketball career, Walter was often on the outs with team management, due in large part to his frequent antics -- which when viewed through modern eyes, were a clear sign of mental illness -- despite this, and his unrealized potential, he still managed to make two all-star appearances while with the Detroit Pistons. A rough and tumble player, Walter led the NBA in personal fouls in 1958 and again in 1959. He fouled out 121 times during his eight NBA seasons, which is second to only Vern Mikkelsen's record of 127.
Much of Walter's post-basketball life is rather tragic, if anyone were inclined to do so, some of it can be read about here.
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Considered the NBA's original sixth man, Frank played an intricate part in seven of the Celtics championships (1957, 1959-64)). He is a member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
While working on this post, I noticed that with what I have in hand -- and with what will be in my COMC stockpile -- I am now up to 22 cards, which is 1/3 of the set! Granted, I don't own any of the bigger cards, but it's still kind of amazing to me just thinking of how many that I have been able to acquire in such a relatively short time.
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