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The American Basketball Association played nine seasons between 1967 and 1976 as a rival to the NBA. The league is still beloved today for its iconic red, white & blue ball, offensive innovations such as the three-point shot, and for launching the legendary careers of Julius Erving, George “The Ice Man” Gervin, Artis Gilmore, Moses Malone and David Thompson among many others. A 1976 merger brought the four strongest ABA franchises – the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets and San Antonio Spurs – into the NBA, where they remain today.

Every ABA team produced colorful and informative media guides for the seasons from 1967 to 1975. These are highly sought after by collectors and frequently fetch strong prices ($50 and above) at auction houses and online. Especially high prices are paid for the more obscure franchises who lasted only 1-2 seasons, such as the Anaheim Amigos, Miami Floridians, Pittsburgh Condors, and Washington Caps. Memorabilia from the four future NBA franchises tends to attract less interest from collectors.

Many ABA guides, especially pre-1973, have been two or three-hole punched for inclusion in binders. You can see examples in scans below. Vintage guides that have not been hole punched often command a premium price.

As always, guides are listed in chronological order, oldest first. Some of these may be available in our e-Bay store on any given day. Click on a picture to find out if we have it in stock.

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March 24th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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