Bevo Francis RIO Grande College Signed AUTO SUPER RARE signed AUTO 1950-56 J.J.K. Copyart Postcard Rookie Card

Clarence “Bevo” Francis (D. 2015) became one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history during his career at Rio Grande College (now known as the University of Rio Grande), topping over 100 points on two occasions. Standing 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) and known for his shooting touch, Francis held the NCAA record for points scored in a game from 1954 to 2012.

In 1953, Francis averaged 48.3 points a game, which is an NCAA record. He actually averaged 50.1 points per game over the season, but the NCAA excluded some of his best games because they were against lesser competition, such as junior colleges. One of the games that did not count in the official totals was a 116-point game against Ashland Junior College.

In 1954, Francis averaged 48.0 points a game. He scored a then-record 113 in a single game, eclipsed in 2012 by Grinnell's Jack Taylor's 138 points against Faith Baptist Bible. Francis still holds the top two scoring averages in NAIA history, along with many NCAA records.

Francis, teammate Al Schreiber, and his coach Newt Oliver later signed with the Boston Whirlwinds, a barnstorming team that played against the Harlem Globetrotters. He was subsequently drafted by Philadelphia of the NBA, but opted to return home to his wife and family.

Offered is a fresh new discovery of a 1950-56 J.J.K. Copyart Postcard signed and personalized on the front (8 out of 10 in strength) of the postcard in blue ink, as well as on the back (signature rates a 10 out of 10)

This is the same company that produced the Jackie Robinson postcard as well as a handful of other Major League Baseball players.  We’ve never seen any basketball postcards that were produced by this company.   This is a fresh new discovery.  We’d rate the postcard in EX condition.  There are no postcards in the PSA or SGC pop reports to date.

SUPER RARE!!!



Item: 13507

Price: $795.00
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Bevo Francis RIO Grande College Signed AUTO SUPER RARE signed AUTO 1950-56 J.J.K. Copyart Postcard Rookie Card