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10 Oddball Vintage Basketball Cards To Consider Adding to Your Collection

If you collect vintage basketball cards, you likely have select cards from the most iconic sets like 1948 Bowman, 1957 Topps, 1961 Fleer, and 1969 Topps. You might also collect key rookies from the 1970s Topps runs. And based on my definition, post-war cards run from 1945 to the present day, so the 1980s Fleer sets might find their way into your Basketball collection as well. But if you’re ignoring the vintage oddballs, you’re missing out on some cool collecting possibilities.

In case you aren’t aware, “oddball” is a catch-all name for regional card releases, food issues, retail issues, and other test/team/premium/micro card releases, inserts, and sets. Anything that isn’t part of a mainstream set is an oddball card.

Here are ten oddball basketball cards, in chronological order, you should think about adding to your vintage collection:

1952 Wheaties George Mikan Portrait – Hand Cut

1952 Wheaties George Mikan Portrait – Hand Cut

1955 Ashland/Aetna Oil Adolph Rupp

1955 Ashland/Aetna Oil Adolph Rupp

1961 Essex Meats Hawks Clyde Lovellette

1961 Essex Meats Hawks Clyde Lovellette

1961 Kahn’s Wieners Oscar Robertson

1961 Kahn’s Wieners Oscar Robertson

1968 Jack in the Box Pat Riley San Diego Rockets

1968 Jack in the Box Pat Riley San Diego Rockets

1968 Topps Test Wilt Chamberlain

1968 Topps Test Wilt Chamberlain

1969 NBAP Member Len Wilkens Hand-Cut

1969 NBAP Member Len Wilkens Hand-Cut

1972 Comspec Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

1972 Comspec Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

1972 Icee Bear Pete Maravich

1972 Icee Bear Pete Maravich

1976 Buckmans Discs Bill Bradley

1976 Buckmans Discs Bill Bradley

And a bonus oddball unopened product to target:

1971 Fleer Basketball Harlem Globetrotters

1971 Fleer Basketball Harlem Globetrotters

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