I have been on this big kick lately with finding older baseball cards of players who appeared on the Durham Bulls several decades ago. Since I dabble in basketball cards, I decided to do a similar thing with that part of my collection. A little bit smaller scale, maybe slightly more recent cards, but these weree all enjoyable finds. There are a few NC State cards, but also a few of the players that I watched while I was living in St. Louis.
Let's start with the NC State players first. I have added two good State cards, both are household names in there parts that many are likely to recognize. First up, is the greatest of the greats in Raleigh.
On to other schools. The rest of the cards are players from Mizzou or SLU. I will go in order working from newest to oldest.
First up is Keyon Dooling. He had a fairly long career in the NBA as a back-up guard. Pretty versatile, could play both the point and shooting guard positions.
Keyon has worked in the front office for the Utah Jazz since retiring a few years back, but recently got added to the coaching staff as an assistant last month. While Keyon may not have it listed on his resume or LinkedIn page, I have been employing him as a gif in PowerPoint and Google Slides in my classroom for five or six years now.
This incredible gem is from a charge call against Kansas. He didn't quite jump over the KU player while dunking the ball over him, but came really close.
If you are a teacher, this gif is great for
"The schedule changed because of an assembly"
"Someone thawed our freezer pops by moving them to the refrigerator"
or the classic:
"It's picture day and the cafeteria is serving spaghetti. Don't do anything that results in your mom emailing me after school because you are doing picture retake day next month"
Let's move on.
Larry Hughes is from St. Louis. He's a little younger than me. I saw him play in a high school Christmas tournament his senior year while I was a freshman in college. He actually played with Jayson Tatum's father, Justin Tatum, at a small parochial school. Hughes and Tatum both committed to stay home and play at Saint Louis University. Hughes played one year and left college for financial reasons connected to his younger brother's health. Tatum sat out at least one year, might have been more, because he had a diagnosed learning disability that allowed him to take the ACT without a time limit. The NCAA was even ridiculous in the 1990s.
Rest of the players are from when I was in high school and middle school. A little nostalgic for the old Big 8 Conference here.
Another long-time NBA player, Peeler had a good career as a offensive spark plug coming off the bench for the Lakers and Timberwolves. A few other teams mixed in there too. He was a great college player. I believe he was an All-American and the Big 8 Player of the Year his senior season. I liked this card because it shows Peeler in his college uniform. There are not too many Anthony Peeler cards in a Missouri uniform floating around out there.
It's a little odd that they have Peeler in his college uniform, logos and all, but they airbrushed out the defender. You can still make out the T from the Texas A&M logo on the shorts. I know the Big 12 was not around in the early 1990s, but Mizzou played them Peeler's senior season. The Tigers won by 30. I would try to find Peeler's stats for the game, but I am guessing he sat on the bench in his warmups for a large portion of the second half.
Next up is a Mizzou player that is new to my basketball card collection. I was surprised that I did not have a card of this guy. Great college player, not so great in the NBA. Let me say it again, great college player.
Two Doug Smith cards.
Smith was this huge guy, with a huge frame, but he was really quick. He played before Greg Ostertag and Bryant Reeves were in the Big 8, but there were a lot of other lumbering centers and power forwards that Smith would just blow past on his way to the basket. He also had a nice mid-range jumper, so when defenses started sagging off of him, he could knock down some shots. Only player in the school's history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.
College Basketball Greats. This seems like the perfect Doug Smith card. Look at that positioning under the basket. This is the Doug Smith that I remember. He's got the big guy sealed behind him and some little guard trying to come down on a double team. At least that what I think is happening. Is this against Nebraska? Doug probably scored a ton of points in this game. Save for Eric Piatkowski, the Huskers were terrible at basketball when I was younger.
Anthony Bonner was in the NBA for awhile with the Knicks and Kings. Really good rebounder and defender in the NBA. The talent level at Saint Louis University was not very good until the mid 1990s when Charlie Spoonhour got hired. Bonner was sort of the lone bright spot during the 1980s I have no idea about this brand "Star Pics". I feel like I might have bought one of those novelty sports cards that you can buy at Walgreens photo.