Today the NBA lost one of it’s “50 Greatest Players” with the passing of Dolph Schayes after fighting a severe infection in connection with his cancer, he was 87 years old.
I do not own any of the cards in this post.
Schayes was an early pioneer during the infancy of the NBL/NBA while playing his entire 16-year career with the Syracuse Nationals/Philadelphia 76ers. During that time he was the first NBA player to score 15,000 points (18,438 career points), grabbed 11,256 rebounds, 12-time All-Star and a NBA Championship in 1955. He went on to coach the 76ers for three years, winning Coach of the Year in 1966, and two more years as the first coach of the Buffalo Braves (Now the LA Clippers).
He was selected to the NBA’s 25th Anniversary team, the NBA’s 50th Anniversary team, one of the Top 50 NBA Players, the NBA Hall of Fame (1972) and the College Basketball Hall of Fame (2006). His son Danny also played in the NBA, 18 years for 7 different teams and four of his granddaughters have represented the US in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
Surprisingly even with his passing his cards are still rather cheap. He was a pretty prominent signer in recent years so there are plenty of his autographs in Action Packed, Leaf, Panini and Topps products and many of them are $10 or less. You can even find a dual-autograph card from Topps where Dolph and his son Danny signed.
You can find his 1957 Topps #13 XRC (Top of post) starting around $50 or his 1961 Fleer #39 or #63 XRC starting around $15, which seems like a travesty for a man who helped build the league.