1947–48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks NBL Basketball Program Team Signed AUTO /w Bobby McDermott PSA/DNA LOA

The 1947–48 season was the Tri-Cities Blackhawks' second season in the National Basketball League (NBL) and its first full season in Moline, Illinois. The Blackhawks moved from the Eastern Division to the Western Division; the team finished .500 and qualified for postseason play for the first time.


Offered is a program vs the Minneapolis Lakers (unscored).  There is some wear and tear to the program, but the cover has been signed by 11 members of this first year team (which today is known as the Atlanta Hawks – after moving to Milwaukee in 1951 then St. Louis in 1955 and finally it’s present day home in Atlanta in 1968).


Features the ultra-rare Naismith Basketball HOFer – Bobby McDermott (D. 1963) played in the 1930’s – 40’s and is remembered as an outstanding shooter and has been called "the greatest long-distance shooter in the history of the game" by contemporaries.

Wally Borrevik – (D. 1988) played in the NBL for the Anderson Duffey Packers, Flint Dow A.C’s, and Tri-Cities Blackhawks

Joe Camic (D. 2011) played for the Tri-Cities Blackhawks and Hammond Calumet Buccaneers in the NBL

Al Grenert (D. 2002) played for Sheboygan Red Skins and the Blackhawks before joing some minor league teams and later going into coaching.

Luther Harris – (D. 1986) NBL player for the Sheboygan Red Skins and Blackhawks

Billy Hassett (D. 1992) in his rookie year and also played for the Chicago Gears, Minneapolis Lakers (NBA champs in 1950), and Baltimore Bullets

Ed Lewinski (D. 1962 at the age of 43) played for the Chicago American Gears, Anderson Duffey Packers, and Tri-Cities Blackhawks in the National Basketball League and averaged 4.8 points per game.  He also played minor league baseball, reaching the St. Louis Cardinals AAA team.  Many players thought he could have made it to the Majors if he wouldn’t have given up baseball.  His autograph is super tough to obtain!!!

Don Otten (D. 1985) 1949 NBL MVP who played for the Blackhawks, Washington Capitols, Bullets, Ft. Wayne Pistons, and then coming back to play for the Milwaukee Hawks.  Otten holds the NBA record for most personal fouls in a game, with eight. He set the record in a November 24, 1949 game between Tri-Cities and the Sheboygan Red Skins. NBA Rule 3, Section I permits a player to remain in the game after fouling out if no other players are available on the bench.

Howie Rader (D. 1995) played two seasons in the National Basketball League (NBL) and one season in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). During his first season in the NBL, he played alongside his brother Len Rader as members of the Tri-Cities Blackhawks.  After his brother signed with the Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, Howie Rader stayed with the Blackhawks. In the BAA, he played for the Baltimore Bullets during the 1948–49 season. He attended Long Island University.


Bob Skarda (D. 1994) played a grand total of 6 games for the Blackhawks.  His autograph is super duper rare!

Whitey Von Nieda – went off to WW II and then played in the Eastern Basketball League before joining the Blackhawks and Baltimore Bullets.  He later coached in the Eastern Basketball League for years.

All we have to say is WoW!!!


Item: 12610

Price: $2,795.00
1947–48 Tri-Cities Blackhawks NBL Basketball Program Team Signed AUTO /w Bobby McDermott PSA/DNA LOA