“Hondo” is one of just three players with an unsurpassed 8-0 record in NBA Finals series.
Havlicek is widely considered to be one of the greatest players in the history of the game and was inducted as a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Havlicek retired after the 1977-78 season, making this the last card made while he was active.
A thirteen-time NBA All-Star, Havlicek retired in 1978 and his number 17 jersey was immediately retired by the Celtics. At the time of his retirement, Havlicek was the NBA career leader in games played (surpassed in 1984 by Elvin Hayes) and third in points behind Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson. Havlicek also retired as the career leader in field goal attempts (later surpassed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
In 1997, he was selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Havlicek was ranked #17 on SLAM magazine’s Top 50 NBA Players of all time in 2009 and once again at the same position in the magazine’s Top 500 NBA Players of all time in 2011. He was also named the 14th best player of all-time in Bill Simmons’s Book of Basketball.
We show you the back of the card because of its unique green color.