Remembering early NBA legend Dolph Schayes on cardboard

DolphSchayesDolph Schayes, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and one of the NBA’s dominating scorers in its early years, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 87.

In 15 seasons mostly with the Syracuse Nationals, Schayes averaged 18.5 points and 12.1 rebounds a game after he was picked with the fourth pick of the 1948 BAA Draft. (The Basketball Association of America merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA in 1949.)

As a 16-year-old freshman, Schayes led New York University to a Final Four appearance in 1945 and had an NBA championship by 1955. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 and named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.

Dolph-Schayes-1957-58-ToppsOn cardboard made during his career, collectors don’t have a lot of options — literally, a handful of cards including food issues. His Rookie Card appears in the 1957-58 Topps set and his only other standard cards can be found in 1961-62 Fleer.

In recent years, though, he was a steady signer for inclusion in sets from Panini America, Topps, Leaf Trading Cards and Upper Deck. More than half of his 400 or so basketball cards are certified autographs.


Only Topps paired the Hall of Famer on an autographed card with his son, Danny, who played 18 seasons in the NBA. That card can be found in the 2008-09 Topps Co-Signers Dual Autographs set.

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