By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
Phil Jackson won 11 NBA championships — more than any other coach — and played for two more title-winning teams during a lengthy playing career.
But for all the things he did in the game of basketball, there was one thing that never, ever happened.
He never signed a certified autograph.
That is, until 2010-11 National Treasures arrived from Panini America with redemption cards for the first three cards that Jackson agreed to sign for a card company. (He had a single cut autograph made by SportKings in 2010.) A total of just 12 autographed cards were to be found in Treasures — five copies of cards pairing him with Kobe Bryant and Dennis Rodman and two copies of a quad card representing his time with the Chicago Bulls (Jackson, Rodman, Ron Harper and Toni Kukoc).
Panini has received Jackson’s sigs and began shipping the cards today — the real fun arrives when one of them hits the auction block.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.