Bob Cousy Rookie Cards Guide and Checklist

Bob Cousy

Date of Birth: 8/9/1928
Rookie Card Year: 1957-58
Investment Rating: 7.0


Bob Cousy is from a different era of basketball, but that does not mean his relevance to the sport is not acknowledged by current collectors. One of the best point guards of 1950s and early-1960s and an all-time great for the Celtics, "Cooz" was part of the dynasty in Boston that led to six titles in seven years. While vintage options are very limited, Bob Cousy cards maintain strong interest in the hobby.

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After a productive college career at Holy Cross, Bob Cousy entered the 1950 NBA Draft. Although he was drafted third overall by the Tri-City Blackhawks (now the Atlanta Hawks), Cousy refused to report due to contract issues and eventually joined the Boston Celtics for his rookie season. From there, the Hall of Fame point guard was one of the best players in the league, earning 13 consecutive All-Star selections and the 1957 MVP. He turned to coaching in college following his retirement in 1963, but after several years, Cousy returned to the NBA as a coach and even played for a short stint with the Cincinnati Royals in 1970.

Despite thirteen seasons with the Boston Celtics, there are simply not many Bob Cousy cards available from his playing days. The four vintage releases for Cousy are noted below. After limited options following his retirement, things picked up for Cousy card collectors in the 1990s, including his first pack-pulled autographs.

Bob Cousy Rookie Cards and Other Key Vintage Cards

1951 Berk Ross Hit Parade of Champions Bob Cousy #1-11

Found in the multi-sport Berk Ross release, the earliest card for Bob Cousy was issued in 1951 Hit Parade of Champions. The set was heavily built around baseball but also included standouts from basketball, football, hockey and boxing. Shown during his college days at Holy Cross, the 1951 Berk Ross card is viewed by many collectors as his true rookie card. The cards were originally issued in two-card pairs with perforation. Although many were separated and are available as singles, intact examples can be located. Cousy was paired with Richie Ashburn, a Hall of Fame baseball player who spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies.

1951 Berk Ross Bob Cousy #1-11

1951 Berk Ross Bob Cousy #1-11 Richie Ashburn #1-9

1957-58 Topps Bob Cousy RC #17

The next Bob Cousy card was not available for several years, but the 1957-58 Topps release is his most popular. The official rookie card for Bob Cousy came well into his Hall of Fame career and is one of the top cards from the set. Collectors can also find the rookie card for his Hall of Fame teammate, Bill Russell, in the same product.

1957-58 Topps Bob Cousy RC #17

1961-62 Fleer Bob Cousy #10, #49

The final Bob Cousy card from his active playing career, 1961-62 Fleer actually includes two cards for the Celtics legend. Bold colors and a classic design make the cards very popular with vintage collectors. A PSA 9 version of the base card sold for just under $1,200 in March of 2015.

1961-62 Fleer Bob Cousy #101961-62 Fleer Bob Cousy #49 Lays One Up

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2014-15 Panini Prizm Prizms Purple Die Cut #215 Bob Cousy # 139 BX 302M3
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1957 Topps Basketball #17 Bob Cousy Autograph BVG 9 0006929297
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1996-97 Finest Reprint Refractor Bob Cousy Boston Celtics #10 of 50
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****Bob Cousy Tom Heinsohn**** Lot of 7 cards.....5 DIFFERENT Basketball
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2012 Leaf Metal BA-BC1 Bob Cousy Boston Celtics Auto HOF Autograph
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2009-10 Timeless Treasures Silver #76 Bob Cousy Celtics 04 25
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Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, Dennis Johnson KC Jones ML Carr Signed Card Beckett BAS
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2009 Bob Cousy Razor Sport Icons Cut Signature Auto Autograph 35 49 Check Piece
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Bob Cousy Basketball Hall of Fame Rare Metallic Card Rare !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bob Cousy 2012 Leaf Masterpiece Cut Signature auto signed card 1 1 JSA Celtics
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1960 post grape nuts bob cousy - boston celtics - RARE!!
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Bob Cousy 1981 TCMA Basketball
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2004-05 Topps Finest Blue Refractor 138 Bob Cousy Boston Celtics Basketball Card
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2004-05 Topps Finest Blue Refractor 138 Bob Cousy Boston Celtics Basketball Card
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BOB COUSY 13-14 Panini Elite GOLD STATUS DIE-CUT PARALLEL SP #14 24 ! JERSEY # !
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1999-00 Upper Deck Retro Gold 14 #234 250 - Bob Cousy - Boston Celtics
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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