Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The baseball All-Star Game is on; let's talk basketball

I'm sitting here watching the all-star game so you'd think I would post something about baseball right?  Well that would be the logical step but unfortunately I don't have a baseball post ready at the moment.  I don't have much interest in the ASG since only Robinson Cano is representing the Mariners.  Baseball is still baseball though and it's fun to see all the greats of the year.

Anyway, enough baseball talk.  Let's talk basketball.  Not just any basketball, 90s basketball.  And now let me take a moment to thank today's sponsor: Billy Kingsley of Cardboard History.  He didn't sponsor this post exactly but he did send along the cards featured in today's post so thank you Billy! He runs a great blog so take a look!

This is the first thing I think about when I see Mutombo.

On my post about my first card show I posted quite a few early 90s Fleer Ultra cards.  I really liked the design for the 92-93 and 93-94 sets.  Billy sent me a message saying he had some cards for me that he thought I would really like.  He was definitely right; the Fleer Ultra cards are great.  He sent over a few more cards than are in this post so now he's got me wanting to finish off this set.

Bennett won't be remembered for his playing days, as he only spent 3 seasons in the NBA.  However, he's turned out to be quite the coach.  I first became familiar with Bennett when he took over for his father, Dick Bennett as the head coach at Washington State University.  The Bennett's transformed the WSU basketball program into a winning one.  He lead WSU to the NCAA Tournament twice, going so far as the sweet 16! That's impressive for a program that's usually ignored.  Bennett even helped recruit Klay Thompson who in all likelihood would have never come to WSU without Bennett.

After a few good years at WSU, Bennett left to coach Virginia.  I'm still mad about that.  However, I completely understand.  WSU would always be a small time program, whereas Virginia has more money and notoriety to make the men's basketball team bigger.  Virginia has done well under Bennett, much to my disappointment

 He actually played on the Sonics for one year.  Cool.  Looks like he was mostly a bench/role player.

I like that these NBA Jam Session cards aren't part of some hard to get insert but are actually part of the base set.  I'm coming close to having all of the Jam Session cards.  

Sprewell is probably best known for choking his coach.  That's too bad because he was a decent player.

Sorry McCray, try as you might to imitate Jordan with your #22 jersey but you ain't him.  *does some actual research on him* Oh, looks like he wore #22 ever since he was drafted 3rd overall in the 1983 draft, my bad.  He won a championship with the Bulls last year so he retired on top.

That wraps up this sample of cards so thanks again to Billy!


  1. Glad you like them and thanks for the shout out. I got a bug lot of these in a repack a few years ago but they were pretty much all duplicates for new. They had been sitting in my dupes box ever since and I was glad to send them to somebody who would appreciate them. I hope to have the entire set complete by the end of 2016. Five cards left to chase.

  2. I'd be happy to send you every basketball card I own if you want them! Let me know, either on Twitter or by e-mail.