Friday, July 15, 2011

Top 100 Cards of My Collection #35 04-05 SP Game Used SIGnificance Bill Russell

When you talk about the ultimate champion in any sport, one of the first names to come to mind has got to be Bill Russell. Two NCAA championships with the University of San Fransisco, a Gold Medal in the 1956 Olympics and of course he was a 11 time World Champion including an amazing streak of 8 in a row with the Boston Celtics.  A five time MVP, 12 time all star, and numerous more awards, Bill Russell has one of the most impressive resumes in any sport in the world. A basketball collection cannot be complete without a Bill Russell autograph and that's why this autograph makes it on to the countdown at #35. Russell used to be a notorious hard signer and his signature used to be one of the rarest ones to get. Over the years though, Russell softened his stance and now his autographs while still a little pricey are way more affordable than they used to be and that's great for collectors who want to obtain an autograph of the Celtic great. Yes, mine is a sticker autograph, which is probably the only weakness of this great card numbered to 100, but I'll take any kind of certified autograph of Bill Russell any day of the week.


  1. Yeah, it's a sticker but at least it's a nice legible signature of a true champion. Wish I had one. I've got Parish and Havlicek. I don't think they equal Russell.

  2. I'm still needin a Hondo myself, hopefully I'll get one soon!