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Phillips 66ers

The Phillips 66ers (also known as the Oilers) basketball team was an amateur squad located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and sponsored and run by the Phillips Petroleum Company. The team, which began play in 1919, participated in the Amateur Athletic Union, the nation’s premier basketball league before the National Basketball Association. Between 1920 and 1950, some of the strongest basketball teams in the United States were sponsored by corporations, including Phillips 66 and others. The 66ers team was a perennial power in AAU basketball in the 1940s, and 1950s. The 66ers won 11 national championships at the AAU National Tournament between 1940 and 1963, including six consecutive AAU tournament titles from 1943 to 1948. In 1948, the 66ers combined with Adolph Rupp's "Fabulous Five" University of Kentucky team to form the U.S. team that won the Olympic tournament.[

Phillips 66 Basketball Team 1941-42
Phillips 66 Basketball Team 1947-48
Phillips 66 Basketball Team 1948-49
Phillips 66 Basketball Team 1949-50
Phillips 66 Basketball Team 1950-51

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The rarest card ever in vintage basketball - C.A. Briggs - Feb. 7, 2016

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My Favorite Items

1933 C.A. Briggs Basketball
B33 Basket Ball Flannels 1912
Basket Ball Rules for 1893
Hamilton King L5 Leather 1912
Ken-Wel Advertising 1920
Naismith's Phog Allen Portrait Print 1936
Spalding Men - 1896
Spalding Men - 1899/1900
Spalding Women - 1901