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10-23-2007, 11:10 PM
Posted By: <b>Jim VB</b><p>Does anyone know why, on the 1969 Topps set, all the Knicks, except Dave Stallworth, have their names on the front of their jerseys? <br /><br />It looks like they all spoofed Topps and wore their shirts backwards. Even Stallworth's shirt (not shown) is blank and does not read "Knicks". <br /><br /><br /><br /><img src="http://i206.photobucket.com/albums/bb189/jvb6034/1969Knicks.jpg">

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11-06-2007, 11:43 AM
Posted By: <b>Dave Williams</b><p>Quite a few of the early Topps basketball issues are like that.<br /><br />My guess is that they couldn't or wouldn't negotiate a deal to use<br />the teams logo or name, so they either turned the jersey around, or<br />only showed head shots, or had the basketball strategically placed or had warm ups with no logo on.<br /><br />A quick perusal of some in the 69-70's shows Elvin Hayes and you <br />can read San Diego, and Guy Rogers you can see part of Milwaukee.<br /><br />The rest you can't see the team name or logo.<br /><br />In 71-72 you can see New York for the Knicks, Phoenix, Detroit, and others<br />but Celtics, Lakers, Bucks and others are turned around.<br /><br />72-73 also had some jerseys turned around.<br /><br />