1962 Chicago Packers vs Detroit Pistons NBA basketball program 1st year team

For the 1961-62 season, The NBA returned to Chicago after 11 years after the Stags who made it to the first championship series folded. The new team known as the Packers, who are the first expansion team to join the NBA in 12 years were not very good as they finished in last place with an awful 18-62 record. However, first round draft pick Walt Bellamay became an instant star winning the Rookie of the Year while finishing 2nd to Wilt Chamberlain with an impressive 31.6 ppg, and finishing 3rd in rebounds to Chamberlain and Bill Russell with a 19.0 per game.

We offer this very rare Chicago Packers (one year NBA team) vs. Detroit Pistons NBA basketball program from March 4, 1962. The program is scored, all pages intact, features individual photos of all of the first year – Chicago Packers, a picture and bio page of the owner David Trager and head coach HOF’er – Jim Pollard lots of articles and stats. Tape on the spine, but spine is intact. No missing or cutout pages. All pages intact. Otherwise, condition is fine.

This game was played in Moline, IL (not the usual home court in Chicago).  The Pistons would snap a 6 game losing streak by beating the Chicago Packers at Moline, IL’s Wharton Fieldhouse by a score of 133-116.  Don Ohl, HOFer Bailey Howell, and Walter Dukes of the the Pistons would score 21 points each with Gene Shue adding another 18.  Chicago was led by former Harlem Globetrotters star, Andy Johnson with 21.  HOFer, Walt Bellamy had 16 points because of a bruised foot that limited his action.

Only 1393 fans actually showed up for the game.  How rare is this program?

Item: 8995

Price: $149.99
1962 Chicago Packers vs Detroit Pistons NBA basketball program 1st year team