Friday, December 10, 2010

Who Remembers Big Bad Gheorghe Muresan?

'97 Gheorghe Muresan Upper Deck SP
Alright, maybe Gheorghe wasn't such a bad, tough, shut your mouth kinda player, but he sure was big. At 7 ft. 7 ins., you could say that Muresan towered over the competition (look closely at the card for the reference). The former 30th pick in the second round of the '93 NBA Draft was certainly a fan favorite because of his size, but he was also a contributor on the court. Muresan was the NBA's Most Improved Player for the '95-'96 season averaging 14.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.26 blocks/game. He finished his NBA career with averages of 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.48 blocks/game. Those are solid career averages, but it's what Muresan did away from the court that might be more memorable.

Muresan has appeared in every-thing from an Eminem music video, a film with Billy Crystal called My Giant and numerous television commercials. Here's one of Gheorghe's funny ESPN commercials.

- Cool Card Attribute: The '97 Upper Deck SP set featured an ultra cool holo-foiling on the front surface of the card that made for a very nice looking base card.

Fun Fact: Big Gheorghe wore number 77 in honor of his height.


  1. Gheorge Muresan! Sweet! Nice-looking card too.

  2. @Are No, Thanks. That was a nice design.

  3. Wow... now that's a blast from the past. Thanks for sharing... might have to head over to the Bay to find an autograph of his.

  4. I know there was atleast one sweet looking sott up there on eBay.