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Title: NBAP Members
Size: 2 3/4″ x 4 1/2″
Number in Set: 20 (21 if you include the NBAP Logo as a card in this set)
The unnumbered 1969 NBAP Members cards feature a black-and-white photo of the players either in action or posing with a blank background. The fronts of the cards have light blue burders with the player’s name and “N.B.A.P. MEMBER” printed on the bottom. The banks are blank.
Collectors long believed the cards to have been issued on a box of basketball shoes, possibly Converse. But more recently, the following images surfaced of the cards printed on the sides of a box for a basketball by a toy company from the Los Angeles area.
The cards are all scarce (PSA has only graded a handful of each), but Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Havlicek, and Jerry West are the priciest.
Dick Van Arsdale