1957 Topps

Paul Arizin


Paul Joseph Arizin (1928-2006) was named college basketball’s Collegiate Player of the Year in 1950 as a senior, despite not playing in his freshman year of college. Arizin did not play high school basketball and his talent was not recognized until Villanova’s head coach saw Paul playing in a CYO game in Philadelphia. Pitchin’ Paul, renown for his line-drive jump shots, scored 85 points in a game during his junior season against the Naval Air Materials Center and unofficially scored 100 points in a game that was not recognized by the NCAA due to the fact that Nova’s opponents were a junior college. Paul was the Number 1 overall pick in the 1950 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors, where he played his entire professional career (1950-1962). He led the league in scoring twice (1951-52, 1956-57) and minutes played, led the league in field goals three times and free throws once. In 1956, he helped guide the Warriors to the NBA Championship over the Fort Wayne Pistons. The ten-time All-Star selection (named the 1952 NBA All-Star Game MVP) was also a three-time All-NBA First Team player. As a member of the Warriors, Arizin played with future Hall of Famers Tom Gola and Wilt Chamberlain at the beginning and end of his career, respectively. Refusing to move with the team to San Francisco, Arizin retired from the NBA. He played two seasons with the Camden Bullets of the EPBL, winning the 1964 championship before retiring for good from the game of basketball. Paul Arizin finished his career with 16,266 points, 6,129 total rebounds and 1,665 assists. Paul Arizin was indicted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978. In 1996, Paul Arizin was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History list.

SMR Price Guide
NameCard NumberEX 5EX-MT 6NM 7NM+ 7.5NM-MT 8NM-MT+ 8.5MT 9
Paul Arizin (R) (HOF)10$65$115$200$360$535$1,100$2,700

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Condition Census (Explain)
PosGradeThumbnailPedigree and History
1MINT 9  
1MINT 9  
3NM-MT 8 (36)  

Public Auctions
GradePriceDateFirmSaleLot #
NM-MT 8$478Nov-2011Heritage Auctions 2011 November 10-11 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas 80531
NM+ 7.5$312Jul-2010Memory Lane, Inc. Sizziling Summer 2010 612
NM 7$133Jul-2009Memory Lane, Inc. Sizzling Summer Vintage Rarities 606

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