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Houston Comets Memorabilia Collection


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By Sharleen Guide

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Collection Overview

Title: Houston Comets Memorabilia Collection, 1997-2003

ID: 02/2001-010

Primary Creator: Houston Comets (Basketball team)

Other Creators: Shuart, Carey Chenoweth

Extent: 12.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Basketball teams - United States - History, Houston Comets (Basketball team), Women's National Basketball Association

Forms of Material: Ephemera, Fliers (printed matter), Newspapers, Periodicals, Posters

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is housed in 9 boxes and organized into 5 series. The content of the collection consists of Houston Comet’s memorabilia documenting their four WNBA championship wins from years 1997 to 2000. In addition, general Houston Comet’s novelty items can be found in this collection dating from the year 1997 to 2003.

Biographical Note

The Houston Comets was a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Houston, Texas. They were formed in 1997, which was the inaugural season of the WNBA and were one of the original eight WNBA teams. The Comets were the first dynasty of the WNBA and they won more championships than any other team in the WNBA under the reigns of Head Coach Van Chancellor. They began as the sister team of the Houston Rockets under the ownership of Alexander Leslie from 1997 to 2006.

From 1997 to 2000, the Comets dominated the WNBA as they won all four championships in the first four years of the league's existence with the leadership of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson who were referred to as the “Big Three.” The Comets were known for courting great women's basketball stars in addition to the “Big Three” such as Kim Perrot, who succumbed to cancer in 1999 and college star Michelle Snow.

Unfortunately, the Comets failed to make another WNBA Finals appearance after their 2000 Championship season. Changes in the roster, coaching staff, ownership and playing arena prompted the demise of the Comet’s Franchise. In 2001, 2-time league MVP Cynthia Cooper retired, and in 2007, Chancellor resigned as Head Coach and Alexander sold the Franchise to Hilton Koch. Chancellor was replaced by Assistant Coach, Karleen Thompson; and shortly thereafter, the team moved from playing its home games at the Toyota Center to Reliant Arena. Given these changes over the span of seven years, the Comets struggled greatly as they only moved past the First Round of the playoffs once, which was in their 2005 season, and they failed to make the playoffs 3 out of their last eight seasons. Due to this hardship, Koch put the team up from sale in 2008, but didn’t receive any offers from investors. Consequently, the team fell under the management of the WNBA and was disbanded in the same year.

Subject/Index Terms

Basketball teams - United States - History
Houston Comets (Basketball team)
Women's National Basketball Association

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Even though the University of Houston Libraries owns the physical items in this collection, copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs, and the researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate curator.

Acquisition Source: Donated to WARC by Carey Chenoweth Shuart in 2001

Preferred Citation: Houston Comet’s Memorabilia Collection, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Yearbooks and Miscellaneous Items],
[Series 2: Periodicals],
[Series 3: Printed Promotional Material],
[Series 4: Photographic Material],
[Series 5: Novelty Items],

Series 1: Yearbooks and Miscellaneous Items
Box 1
Folder 1: Commemorative Program and Yearbooks, 1998-2000
Folder 2: Season Ticket Stubs, Booklets, and Schedules, 2000-2003
Series 2: Periodicals
Box 1
Folder 3: Sports Illustrated for Women, May/June 2001
Folder 4: Comets Tales, 1998, 1999
Folder 5: Articles, 2001
OVS_Box 2
OVS_Folder 1: Houston Chronicle clippings, 1997-2000
OVS_Folder 2: New York Times clippings, 1999
Series 3: Printed Promotional Material
Box 1
Folder 6: Flyers
Folder 7: Signs
Folder 8: Collector’s Card Sheets, 2000
Folder 9: Collector’s Card Sheets, 2001
Folder 10: Collector’s Card Sheets, 2002
Folder 11: Collector's Card Sheets, 2003
Series 4: Photographic Material
Box 1
Folder 12: 2000 Championship Game
Folder 13: 2002 Regular Season Game
Series 5: Novelty Items
Sub-Series 1: Posters and Banners
OVS_Box 2
Item 3: 2000 “Girl Power” team Poster
Item 4: “Van’s Angels” Houston Comets Poster
Item 5: “Haley,” the Houston Comet’s Mascot, Poster
Item 6: WNBA 3-peat Champions Banner
Sub-Series 2: Clothing and Accessories
OVS_Box 3
Item 1: Houston Comet’s T-shirt
Item 2: 1997 Inaugural Season WNBA Champions T-shirt
Item 3: 1997-1998 Back-to-Back WNBA Champions T-shirt
Item 4: 1997-1998 Cynthia Cooper MVP T-shirt
Item 5: ’97, ’98, ’99 3-peat WNBA Champions T-shirt
Item 6: 1999 Western Conference Playoff T-shirt
Item 7: 2000 WNBA Champions T-shirt
Item 8: Cynthia Cooper Basketball Jersey
Item 9: Houston Comet’s Towels and Handkerchief
Item 10: Houston Comet’s Hats
Sub-Series 3: Basketballs
OVS_Box 4
Item 1: #22 Sheryl Swoopes Signed Basketball
OVS_Box 5
Item 1: #40 Monica Lamb Signed Basketball
OVS_Box 6
Item 1: MVP Cynthia Cooper Signed Basketball
OVS_Box 7
Item 1: Plexiglas Enclosed Official Game Ball
Sub-Series 4: Novelty Dolls and Toys
OVS_Box 8
Item 1: “Haley in the Box”
Item 2: Nesting Dolls
Item 3: Cheryl Swoopes “Celebriduck”
Item 4: Miniature Cynthia Cooper Basketball
Item 5: Miniature Tina Thompson Basketball
Item 6: Bobble Heads: Cynthia Cooper
Item 7: Bobble Heads: Tina Thompson
Item 8: Bobble Heads: Sheryl Swoopes
Item 9: Bobble Heads: Van Chancellor
Sub-Series 5: Souvenir Water Bottles
OVS_Box 8
Item 10: Cynthia Cooper
Item 11: Tina Thompson
Item 12: Sheryl Swoopes
Sub-Series 6: Lapel Pins and Button
OVS_Box 8
Item 13: Cynthia Cooper #14 Jersey Pin
Item 14: Sheryl Swoopes #22 Jersey Pin
Item 15: Kim Perrot #10 Jersey Pin
Item 16: WNBA Breast Health Awareness Pin
Item 17: “Fans First” Button
Sub-Series 7: Miscellaneous Items
OVS_Box 8
Item 18: Heart of Champions 1999 WNBA Championship Videotape
Item 19: Houston Comet's Souvenir Photo Album
Item 20: Houston Comet’s Souvenir Lunchbox
Item 21: Houston Comet’s Souvenir Maraca
Item 22: 2000 WNBA Souvenir Championship Ring
Item 23: Comets/Rockets Gift Box

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Yearbooks and Miscellaneous Items],
[Series 2: Periodicals],
[Series 3: Printed Promotional Material],
[Series 4: Photographic Material],
[Series 5: Novelty Items],

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