Time for the next installment of Cardboard Keepers, a thought experiment in which I theoretically whittle my entire collection down to just 2,000 cards; 1,000 baseball keepers, and 1,000 "other" keepers.
In today's post, we'll finally get around to inducting a couple of basketball cards to the Cardboard Keepers collection. I'm not a big basketball guy overall, but I have decided to try to pursue some significant cards of the best players across many different sports, and so finally have a couple that I feel are worth induction into this collection. Let's get to it!
Even limiting myself to just 1,000 non-baseball cards, it seemed fitting that Chamberlain should be included in this project. Easily one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. The fact that he's the only player ever to record 100 or more points in a single NBA game alone is probably enough to make sure I include him. Or, how about the fact that he's the only player ever to average 30+ points and 20+ rebounds per game across an entire season, and did it seven times!
An easy choice here for inclusion in this project.
Same goes for the second and final inductee in today's post!
When I started working out this Cardboard Keepers project in my mind, one of the big goals was to acquire some significant cards of greats in sports other than baseball and hockey in order to broaden my horizons and better round out my collection. This exact card was one that I specifically had in mind from the outset. I had to sell about three dozen graded cards over a period of weeks on eBay to raise the funds required, and made many trips to the post office, but finally this beautiful Jordan "RC" was mine.
It's my favorite basketball card by a country mile, and always will be. It was only a matter of time before I selected it as a Cardboard Keeper. Hell, it would make this list even if I were hanging onto only 20 non-baseball cards, forget 1,000!
Hard to argue with either of these cards, and I'm happy to have them be the first cards to represent the sport of basketball in this project overall. I guess I need to get out there and find myself LeBron and Kobe cards at some point now, and I wouldn't mind a nice Dirk Nowitski either.
In the meantime, the non-baseball Cardboard Keepers collection is up to 23 cards in size now, and can be viewed here.
I've still got a long way to go, with 977 cards remaining to
be selected. I'll be back soon with the next card or group of cards for the project, but until then thanks
as always for stopping by!
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