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Title: Suns Fan Grabber or Western Conference Champ Phoenix Suns
Size: 3 1/2″ by 4 3/8″
Number in Set: 16
You will find that this 16-card 1975-76 Phoenix Suns set can be found under two different names: the 1975 Suns Fan Grabber or the 1975-76 Western Conference Champ Phoenix Suns.
I’ve read that the cards were available at Fan Grabber concession stands during the playoffs. But I suspect they may have only been available during the NBA finals since the team finished the regular season in 3rd place in the Pacific Divison (42-40) before overperforming in the playoffs to make the NBA finals (where they lost to the Celtics). The front of the cards has the words “NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS” printed on them, which means they would only have been printed after their Western Conference Finals series win over the Golden State Warriors.
Cramer Sports Promotions reportedly made the set. It includes cards for 12 players, two coaches, the trainer, and the general manager, Jerry Colangelo.
The fronts feature black-and-white photos, the Phoenix Suns logo at the top, and a circular basketball with some reference information at the bottom. The backs are blank and unnumbered.
The set’s key card belongs to Pat Riley, though Paul Westphal and Alvan Adams (his first pro card) were the team’s best players.
Dick Van Arsdale