Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly died on Saturday at his home in Jupiter, Fla., losing a battle with cancer at age 78.
Daly won back-to-back NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons and coached the Dream Team to the Olympic gold in 1992. As part of the NBA at 50 celebration, he was selected as one of the top 10 coaches in league history and was the first coach to win an NBA title and Olympic gold.
He appeared on 55 trading cards during his career, according to the Beckett.com database, his Rookie Card coming in the 1989-90 NBA Hoops set (No. 11, 25 cents). That set was the first to feature NBA coaches on its checklist. His first collectibles appearance, however, was on a 1988-89 Panini Spanish NBA sticker, which can be found for about $3.
His most expensive card is his 2003-04 Upper Deck Legends Championship Numbers Autograph card (No. CD), which was limited to 80 copies and sells for $50. He signed 26 different autographed cards, his first coming in the 1995 Action Packed Hall of Fame set. The values for his autograph cards seem consistent with other coaches of his caliber but you can expect there to be some added interest in them as collectors and fans who hadn’t picked one up try to now.
His most recent card appearances came in the 2007-08 Fleer Hot Prospects, SP Authentic, SPx and UD Black sets from Upper Deck.
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.