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    1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) Rookie #25 SGC Mint 9--None Superior! Michael Jordan may top the ballots of most casual fans of the game, but among those who have participated in the sport at the highest level, it is the man who makes his cardboard debut upon the presented rarity that wins the election. If we turn to stat lines to break the tie, it's a landslide for Kareem, who earned a Rookie of the Year award, six NBA Championships, six NBA MVP's and nineteen All-Star nods en route to the all-time scoring record. Not even Air Jordan can compete with that brand of dominance. Nobody can.

    Now, over three decades after Abdul-Jabbar's retirement from the NBA, he remains one of the sport's most recognizable figures, a begoggled giant who rose to prominence with the skyhook he'd cribbed from George Mikan as a grade schooler, explaining that it was "the only shot I could use that didn't get smashed back in my face." But his peerless production between the painted lines tells only part of the Abdul-Jabbar story, with his role as a philanthropist and warrior for social justice placing the Hall of Fame center in an elite brotherhood with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.

    Kareem's rookie matches his career points tally--unsurpassed. Of the 769 examples delivered to SGC for assessment, only nine have risen to Mint 9 status, with not a single example ever climbing higher. The oversized beauty of the "Tall Boys" are likewise their Achilles' heel, so high-grade examples are considerably tougher to locate than those cardboard commemoratives printed to the more typical format. Here's the exception that proves the rule, a virtually unimprovable representation of the NBA Scoring King.

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