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 California Dreams, Philadelphia Fox or Washington Metros franchises.