For sale is the Italian 1970 Panini Campioni Dell Sport Tennis Rookie Card of Superstar Rod Laver. This is the rarer Valida Back Variant version. For those not familiar with the Valida story, Panini from the 1960’s thru 1970 sponsered a prize incentive program to incourage loyality to its brand by inserting randomly in packs a variant back (titled Valida) that collectors could exchange for prizes based on the number of variant cards that could be collected and redeemed.
This resulted in a huge drop in remaining variants cards on the market. Add to this that collecting practices in Italy was to glue their cards to manufacturer albums, regardless of type, this too helped to few demand for these scarce treasures.
Panini’s “Campioni Dello Sport” series is the one of the most recognized and sought after overseas Multi-sport series ever made. The series began with its premeire release in 1966 and continued thru 1968, with additional productions release in 1970 and 1973. during this period of time it showcases some of the most sought after rookies of that time period from Cassius Clay thru Jack Nicklaus. It was a who’s who of fan favorite stars Its a Key series from the 1970’s that is a must for sporting fans and collectors alike.
Rodney George Laver (born 9 August 1938), is better known as Rod Laver, he is an Australian former tennis player. who was the No. 1 ranked professional from 1964 to 1970, spanning four years before and three years after the start of the Open Era in 1968. He also was the No. 1 ranked amateur in 1961–62.
Laver’s 200 singles titles are the most in tennis history. This included his all-time men’s record of 10 or more titles per year for seven consecutive years (1964–70). He excelled on all of the court surfaces of his time: grass, clay, hard, carpet, and wood/parquet.
Laver won 11 Grand Slam singles titles, though he was banned from playing those tournaments for the five years prior to the Open Era. Laver is the only player to twice achieve a Grand Slam, in 1962 and 1969, and the latter remains the only time a man has done so in the Open Era. He also won eight Pro Slam titles, including the “pro Grand Slam” in 1967, and he contributed to five Davis Cup titles for Australia during an age when the Davis Cup was deemed as significant as the four majors.