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    1981 Topps Larry Bird #4 PSA Gem Mint 10. Larry Bird was an absolute gem of a player, and, fittingly, this valuable GEM MINT card celebrates "The Hick from French Lick", who was one of the greatest NBA players of all-time. "I wasn't real quick and I wasn't real strong.... So, I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals," said Bird of his means of attack. What Bird did have was height, at 6'9", and marvelous hand-eye coordination coupled with an intelligent field of vision that saw the whole court and its possibilities well before most of his opponents did. Bird played both small forward and power forward, but his actual position never fit the mold. Bird was likely the first forward to be called a point forward, as his Boston Celtics often ran their offense through Bird, and Larry used his great vision and superb passing skills to become the fulcrum of the Boston attack.

    This would be Bird's first appearance on a card by himself. In his rookie year he shared the spotlight with two other Hall of Famers in Magic Johnson, which was his rookie as well and Dr. J, Julius Erving.

    In a 13-year career, all with Boston, Bird played an all-around game that saw him average a lifetime 24.3 PPG, with 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 APG, a startling assist total from a forward. A few years after the debut of this card, Bird began a run of three straight MVP seasons, a record for a forward. He led the Celtics to three titles, and in 2016 Bird was rated by Fox Sports as the greatest NBA forward of all time. Graded PSA Gem Mint 10.

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