Sunday, March 2, 2014

2010 UD UNC National Champions #83 Dean Smith

The long time Hall of Fame Basketball coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels Dean Smith turned 83 last week. Sadly being a great coach does not exempt one from the issues that come with aging and today Dean Smith finds himself suffering from the effects of dementia.

2009 UD UNC National Champions #83 Dean Smith

His illness was recently documented with great reverence by the prolific sports journalist John Feinstein. Among the issues that Feinstein discusses regarding Dean Smith's deteriorating condition is the fact that one of the greatest assets the iconic coach had was an incredible memory that could remember every game, coaches, players, refs, and even specific plays. The column published in the Washington Post can be found here.

2010 UD UNC National Champs
Upper Deck came out with a 163 card set to take advantage of North Carolina's NCAA Championship triumph. There are a couple of similar releases I have seen out there including University of Texas and Oklahoma football sets.

2010 UD UNC National Champs blaster box

The sets offer an interesting variety of subjects which for UNC includes Smith, Lots of Michael Jordan cards, and some guys with Philadelphia connection like Larry Brown, George Lynch and Doug Moe. It is not unusual to see blasters of these cards going for $5-10 within a few years of release.

Naismith Memorial Basketball HoF
John Feinstein Washington Post
Sports Card Radio
Sports-Ref/College Basketball
Alzheimer's Association

hat tip - Yankees blogger @StaceGots tweeted the WaPo link earlier today

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