Johnny Red Kerr Vintage Syracuse Nationals Team Issued Photo Signed – Used for 1961 Fleer Basketball Card

Johnny Red Kerr (D. 2009) was an American basketball player, coach, and color commentator. He played in the NBA from 1954 to 1966, mainly as a member of the Syracuse Nationals. He later held several coaching and administrative positions before embarking on a thirty-three year career as a television color commentator for the Chicago Bulls. The highlight of his collegiate career occurred in 1952, when he helped the Fighting Illini win the Big Ten Championship and advance to the NCAA Final Four. In 1954, the Syracuse Nationals selected Johnny Kerr with the sixth overall pick of the NBA Draft. During his first season (1954-1955), Kerr averaged 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds and helped the Nationals capture their first NBA Championship. He became a three time All-Star (1956, 1959, 1963) with the Nationals, despite playing in the shadow of future Hall-of Famer Dolph Schayes. In 1963, the Nationals relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and became known as the 76ers. Two years later, Kerr was traded to the Baltimore Bullets for Wali Jones. After averaging 11.0 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bullets during the 1965-1966 season, Kerr was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Expansion Draft. However, Kerr voluntarily retired so that he could become the coach of his hometown s new basketball team. He ended his career with respectable totals of 12,480 points and 10,092 rebounds, and he held the NBA record for most consecutive games played (844) until 1983 when he was surpassed by Randy Smith.

Offered is a vintage Syracuse Nationals team issued 8x10 TYPE 1 photo signed and personalized “to Mike” from his playing days.  This is the actual photo used for his 1961 Fleer Basketball card.  Super RARE!!!

*Note* 1961 Fleer basketball card is not included and shown for sample purposes only.



Item: 12275

Price: $695.00
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Johnny Red Kerr Vintage Syracuse Nationals Team Issued Photo Signed – Used for 1961 Fleer Basketball Card