Jerry West Basketball Cards

Who is Jerry West?

Jerry West is nicknamed the logo because the silhouette of the NBA logo was modeled after him. West averaged 27 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. Crazy how he was putting up those kinds of numbers as a guard when the 3 point line didn’t even exist yet. Jerry West went to the finals many times, however he only won once in 1972.

Jerry West Best Cards

1960 Kahn's Weiners

This is considered West’s first ever card. It came with hot dogs that people purchased. West was not the Laker legend he is known as today, so lots of these cards were thrown out or destroyed. However, there are some that survived and these cards are considered a rarity in the hobby.

Many of these cards have hot dog stains on them and most are not in good condition. In fact, there are no PSA 9s or 10s in existence and only 4 known examples over a psa 5

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1961 Fleer #43

The Fleer card is West’s first mainstream card. It has distinct yellow and orange colors. There are lots of other half-of-famers in this set including Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor, and Wilt Chamberlain. This card is also condition sensitive as PSA 9 examples have sold for about $80,000.

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1968 Topps Test

 

There are very few of these cards as they were not released to the public. Even though 1969 Topps has tall boy cards, these are normal sized. Each player has just a handful of their cards in the PSA registry and Jerry West was no exception. He has only 6 examples of this card at PSA.

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1969 Topps #90

This is West’s first tall boy card. SInce there were no sets produced for 8 years. Some consider this to be West’s second year card. It depicts a close-up photo of West with a red background. Since this card is large in size, this makes it hard to keep in pristine condition. This card is in the same set as Lew Alcindors mainstream rookie card.

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1970 Topps #160

This card looks similar to the 1969 card except it has a blue background and a bit of a different style. This is the same set that has the Pete Maravich rookie.

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1971 Topps #50

During this year, Topps switched back to producing normal sized cards. This card was made towards the end of his career, however his last card was made in 1974. The 71 Topps cardis the first that shows West in color with his whole body fitting within the picture.

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