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    1948 Bowman George Mikan #69 SGC 96 Mint 9 - The Reigning SGC Champion! He's arguably the most influential player in basketball history, such a dominating force that the NBA was forced to rewrite the rule books to address the imbalance. The goaltending rule, the widening of the lanes and the shot clock were all implemented as a result of Mikan's smothering style. At six-foot ten and 245 pounds, Mikan was the Father of the Big Men, renowned for his prolific shot blocking, rebounding, and an ambidextrous hook shot that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would later imitate to great effect. He holds a revered status as a pioneer of the early professional game. To sum up Mikan as a "player" is tantamount to describing Ty Cobb as a "batter" or Cy Young as a "pitcher."

    It's no wonder that Mikan is the key card of the first great basketball set of the post-war era. Here we find him wearing a determined sneer and his Harry Potter spectacles as he drives the lane early in his Hall of Fame career. This is his rookie card debut that for almost 70 years now has remained one of the most important basketball cards in the hobby. Graded SGC 96 Mint 9. This is the highest graded example in an SGC holder. Colors, surface quality, including an arctic white frame, are beyond compare here, with the lightest of corner touches are seen, but only under magnification. For those who insist on criticism, we can say the centering rests a slight horizontal shift from perfection and stands as the only obstacles to a Mint+ assessment. It is a relic that even those hardcourt enthusiasts who have never collected basketball cards should strongly consider as the chances of another equal copy being discovered is infinitely small. Truly, one of the finest examples of the first great basketball card.


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