957 Topps #77 Bill Russell Rookie - Perfectly Centered Example! SGC NM-MT 8
<p>As the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics' dynasty of the 1960s, BillRussell combined a 6'10" frame with an immense wingspan to become one ofthe most dominant defensive forces in NBA history. On a Boston teamloaded with scoring talent, his primary responsibility at the centerposition was shutting down other teams' big men, and his battles withcontemporary Wilt Chamberlain are deeply embedded in the game'sfolklore. As the center of attention, Russell claimed a then-record 51rebounds in a 1960 battle with the Syracuse Nationals (since broken onlyby Chamberlain). If you're detecting a theme it's no coincidence, asstunning centering highlights this 1957 Topps Bill Russell Rookie card,which carries a strong SGC NM-MT 8 grade. A condition issue with so manyvintage sets, we're confident in anointing this as one of the best-centered examples in the world; better, in fact, than the PSA 9 cardshowing on their website. One of the few athletes in history to reachelite status primarily on his rebounding and shot-blocking attributes, Russell's astounding11 NBA Championships is strong evidence of his invaluable contributions to themost decorated franchise in league history, and this magnificent rookieentry from the man who was named to the league's 75th AnniversaryAll-Time Team in 2021 stands as a rare and exceptional prize.</p><p>Estimate: $200,000-$250,000</p>
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