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Pete Maravich, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West autos (my best mailday ever)
06-14-2012, 12:41 PM
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Pete Maravich, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West autos (my best mailday ever)
When I first started collecting cards again in 2010, I was in awe of a Pete Maravich autographed card posted on the boards by Dr J Converse. Ever since then, I've kept my out for a similar one for my collection.

When I saw this Pete Maravich card on eBay, I just had to get it at all costs. There are a number of reasons why:

- Firstly, I love the card design. 1972-73 Topps is one of my favourite vintage sets.
- Secondly, the photo shows Pistol Pete dribbling the ball between his legs - it doesn't get much more iconic than that.
- Thirdly, the autograph is crystal clear.
- Fourthly, there's not one but two autographs on the same card.
- Finally - and before anyone mentions it - the poor card condition doesn't bother me one bit. I genuinely like the fact it's been handled so much rather than being locked away in someone's cupboard. It gives it a truly vintage feel.

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The same seller had some other awesome cards for sale that I couldn't resist. I rang him and we agreed a price for all three cards together.

As many of you know, I'm a huge Wilt Chamberlain fan. I already had a nice inscribed ('Peace') Wilt Chamberlain index card. However, much as I liked it, I wanted a signed card. This specific card just so happens to be one of my all-time favourite vintage cards (I already owned an unsigned version) so it made sense to get this autographed version. The colours are so vibrant. Wilt's statistics on the reverse of the card are mind-boggling.

The autograph itself is clearer in person than in the photo.

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I wasn't done there. I had a nice Jerry West Bowman 48 Auto Patch in my collection but, much as I like the set, the sticker autos aren't really my thing. This autographed Topps card goes perfectly with the Wilt Chamberlain card and allowed me to sell my Bowman 48 auto for a nice profit to help raise funds towards these new purchases. That is why I've sold so many of my cards recently.

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All in all, this is certainly my most expensive mailday ever and also the one I've been looking forward to the most. It's taken over two weeks for the cards to arrive - I've been checking the post every day and sulking afterwards when there was nothing in my mailbox! They finally arrived today and I couldn't be happier. I really like PSA-authenticated cards. The PSA card holders feel strong and robust compared to BGS card holders.

I've been reading Pete Maravich articles and stories non-stop since I ordered the card! A true legend.
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Pete Maravich, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West autos (my best mailday ever) - will23c1982 - 06-14-2012 12:41 PM

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