The Card: This Joe “Lopchick” card is one of the most difficult cards to locate in the Goudey Sport Kings set, and for good reason. It is full of history! First, it could possibly be the first error card in basketball card history. Joseph Lapchick’s last name is mispelled! There is also a human element to the reverse of the card with terrible grammar abounding. Take the last sentence about a Cleveland team “which team won title for two successive years.” Not to mention the hyphenated “Basket-Ball,” which doesn’t appear this way on the earlier Nat Holman card of the set.
Also, how rare is it to have an image of a Celtics uniform referring to the “Original Celtics,” a team that initially avoided league play and toured the Northeast in Harlem-Globetrotter style. The 2001 Standard Catalog of Basketball Cards lists a Near Mint at $250, a NM/M at $595 and a Mint at $1700. Not even close any more! A PSA 8 sold for $5,409 on November 8, 2016 (eBay item 351892082976).
In Short: Becoming hard and harder to find this piece of card-collecting history!