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    1948 Bowman George Mikan #69 PSA NM 7. Presented is the rookie card of HOF center George Mikan, at 6'10" pro basketball's first big man superstar. Known as "Mr. Basketball," Mikan was mentored by Ray Meyer, the coach at DePaul University. Meyer urged Mikan to be proud of his height rather than ashamed, and he had Mikan hit the speed bag, jump rope and take dancing lessons to improve coordination. At DePaul, Mikan was a three-time All-American and won the Helms NCAA Player of the Year, and DePaul won the '45 NIT. In the pros, Mikan played for the Chicago Gears of the National Basketball League (NBL), and led them to a championship, then with Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the NBA, leading the Lakers to six championships among the three leagues. Mikan led the NBA in scoring 3-times, was an MVP, and led in total rebounds in 1952-53. His skill at swatting shots on a downward arc led to the goal-tending rule, and his adept low-post play caused the NBA to widen the foul lanes. Later, he became the first commissioner of the ABA and helped implement the 3-point line and having the ABA use its trademark red, white, and blue basketball.

    This 1948 Bowman set was the first nationally distributed basketball issue. It includes BAA players in two series of 36 cards each, with this Mikan card in the tougher to get second series. It would be 1957 until Topps issued the next national set. Mikan, seen here with his trademark glasses, is the key card. This Bowman set features black-and-white colored in images over a deep red or blue background. The surrounding border is a vivid white. Graded PSA NM 7.

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