Larry Bird Rumors
Terre Haute is where Larry Bird began his legendary collegiate basketball career at Indiana State University, followed by his acclaimed professional career with the Boston Celtics in the NBA. It’s that history that attracted members of “The Official Fan Club of Larry Bird” to Terre Haute this weekend. Eighteen members of the club, limited to 250 members, toured the city, with a slated visited to French Lick on Saturday. Many in the club where in their mid-teens when they first watched televised games of Bird on the basketball court in the 1980s.
Club president Sheree Folkens, who works as a nurse, lives about 20 minutes outside of Houston, Texas, in a small town named Needville. “I started the fan club back in 1999. I have a really good friend, Brian Scott Smith, that used to work a lot with Larry Bird, doing all of his private signings for memorabilia,” Folkens said. “He sponsored us and the fan club took off, at that time, as LarryLegend.com and Larry approved of the fan club,” she said.
The Bucks were good then — the Eastern Conference’s third-best regular-season team from 1981 to 1988 — but they shared the East with the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers, either of which represented the conference each of those seasons. “We were very good for the whole time but we just couldn’t get over that hump,” Paul Mokeski said. “We would run into Philly with Dr. J. (Julius Erving), the Celtics and Larry Bird and that group, and it was very frustrating.”
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving are 3 of the greatest hoopers ever … and now a super-rare basketball card produced 40 years ago is on the auction block … and could rake in over $500k!! The 1980-1981 Topps Scoring Leader card features the Celtics, 76ers, and Lakers stars in-game action … and is currently on the block at SCP Auctions.
The card itself is incredibly valuable … but it’s the pristine condition that makes this particular version worth the price of a nice house. The card graders at PSA scored the cardboard a perfect 10 — mint condition — making it 1 of only 24 copies known to exist, according to SCP. The auction kicked off a few weeks ago … with a starting bid price of $150,000. There have already been 7 bids placed … with the high bid coming in at $354k!!
Justin Kubatko: The @Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton grabbed 19 rebounds in tonight’s win over the Bucks. Only three players have recorded more rebounds in their NBA Finals debut: 23 – Wilt Chamberlain, 1964 21 – Larry Bird, 1981 20 – Bill Walton, 1977 pic.twitter.com/zM1TWq6DIq