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The Women’s Professional Basketball League (WPBL or WBL) was the first effort to establish a nationwide pro league for women. The WPBL lasted three chaotic seasons from 1978 to 1981 before fading quietly away in the winter of 1981-82 (the league never announced its dissolution).

The WPBL published league media guides for the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons and its various clubs produced some very attractive game programs. All memorabilia from this league is pretty rare, but Chicago Hustle and Minnesota Fillies programs tend to be the most common. By contrast, in two decades of collecting we have never seen a program surface from the Philadelphia Fox or Washington Metros franchises.

 

Houston Angels vs. Chicago Hustle. December 22, 1978

Rita Easterling

Written by andycrossley

March 24th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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  1. While cleaning out my attic I found a 70-80 NY stars WBL Program and it has one autograph by Gail Marquis on her photo. Any idea if there is a market for it?

    Pam

    Pam

    26 Apr 14 at 8:16 pm

  2. Hi Pam,

    You’ll typically see Women’s Basketball League programs sell for $15 and up on e-Bay depending on the team. Some teams are more common (Chicago, Milwaukee, Minnesota) whereas other you never see (California, Nebraska, New England). New York is probably a little more common – more on the $15 end of the spectrum. The autograph really doesn’t add any value in this case, since players from the WBL don’t have much name appeal or notoriety. In fact, many collector’s strongly prefer the programs be completely “clean” and without any writing in them, including player autographs.

    AC

    andycrossley

    27 Apr 14 at 12:42 am

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