Learn All About the Bill Russell
By: Marty Beets
Bill Russell is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
He played for the Boston Celtics from 1956 to 1969 and was a member of 11 championship teams.
His rookie and early cards are very sought after and valuable.
Let's take a look at some of these vintage Bill Russell cards:
This is the card that most collectors consider to be the primary Bill Russell rookie card.
The 1957 Topps Bill Russell card (#77) was from the first basketball set made by Topps.
It is extremely valuable in mint condition.
1955 All-American Sports Club
This is an obscure card that issued while Russell was in college.
It is considered a pre-rookie
The 1955 All-American Sports Club card is Bill Russell's first card.
This card is from a multi-sport set that had to be hand-cut. Russell is featured as a college player.
cards #38 & 62
These cards are early Bill Russell cards issued by Fleer.
They are not considered rookie cards.
Bill Russell's had two cards in the 1961-62 Fleer set.
These cards are highly collectable, but they were produced four years after the 1957 Topps card.
Here's a summary of Bill Russell's early cards.
1955 All American Sports
Considered a pre-rookie
Universally considered a rookie card
Not rookie cards
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