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Terribly Awesome Basketball Card: Jon Koncak

By February 5, 2014 No Comments

jon-koncak-hawks-skybox-cardAll right stop, collaborate and listen. Sure, Jon Koncak was a white boy in a black man’s game, but I never realized that parallel between Koncak and Vanilla Ice until I saw the hairdo he’s wearing on this card. The seven-foot first round pick of the Atlanta Hawks made a lot of money without having much talent. In 1989, Jon Koncak was dubbed “Jon Contract” when he received a six-year $13 million dollar contract after putting up just 4.7 points per game during the prior season. This may seem like a pittance of a salary by today’s standards, but at the time, this was a higher salary than Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird were being paid.

On a side note, the design of 1991 Skybox set is horrid. Skybox’s 1990 debut basketball set was sleek and stylish, but this design looks like a fifth grade stencil project gone wrong. I give it a grade of F for Freaking hideous.

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Jim Gruseck

Jim Gruseck

Jim is a life-long hoops junkie and fan of Pittsburgh sports. He can still be found in the Steel City pursuing creative endeavors in writing and music, when he's not traveling the world or stacking donkeys at the poker tables.