Terribly Awesome Basketball Card: Sam Vincent

By November 13, 2014June 18th, 2018No Comments

sam-vincent-card“When You See It…”

At first glance, there is nothing terribly awesome about this. It is a card featuring Sam Vincent, a middling NBA role player that any collector would casually throw in a pile of “commons.” But take a closer look. As your eyes scan the photo, you may notice that Michael Jordan is on this card, and then it hits you. Michael Jordan is wearing the #12!

The #23 has become synonymous with Michael Jordan, and most sports fans and Jay-Z fans are aware of his brief stint wearing #45 upon returning from retirement in 1995, but not many know the story of Jordan’s lone professional game wearing #12.

On Valentine’s Day in 1990, a rabid fan snuck into the Bulls locker room and made off with Jordan’s #23 jersey. I assume he also sniffed Jordan’s underwear too, and who could blame him if he did?

Security searched the area, but the lunatic and the jersey disappeared without a trace. Mike attempted to borrow a young fan’s #23 Jordan replica jersey. Could you imagine being that fan and being able to say that Michael Jordan wore your jersey during a game?

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as the jersey was far too small, at which point Jordan settled for the nameless #12 jersey that this Hoops card photo happened to capture.

The Bulls lost the game, but Jordan scored 49 points, ranking #12 highest in points per game of any number he wore throughout his career. It also makes him the greatest athlete in sports history ever to wear #12, so suck on that Tom Brady.

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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.