Well, for starters while I’m trying to clear out nearly all of my non-baseball cards, I am open to hanging on to and even acquiring some select cards of players I enjoy. These Rockets cards all harken back to the days when I would lay on my parents living room floor and watch them pound through the playoffs on their way to a pair of NBA Championships, with a young star in the making in Robert Horry, a great guard in Kenny Smith, and the always entertaining Mad Max.
I’ve never really had any vintage basketball or football cards, so I’ve decided to pick a few up in trades as well. These 79-80 Topps feature a nice design which I would certainly copy for baseball customs. Rudy T coached those championship Rockets teams, so picking up a card of him as a player was a no brainer. Gianelli was a member of the championship Knicks in ’73. Otis Birdsong is a hometown boy, one of the handful of Houston Cougars to have his number hung in the rafters after his stellar collegiate career before becoming a four-time NBA All-Star. The Gianelli and Birdsong are going out for autographs, and while I would love to get Rudy’s card signed, he doesn’t seem to reply to TTM requests. I’ll just have to hang onto it and hope for a signing sometime here.
Kevin, thanks for the trade! The Astros are tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the 6th. Let’s do this.