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1944-1945 George Mikan Argosy Magazine All-American Basketball Team Presentation Watch

Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50

Bulova wristwatch presented to Hall of Fame center George Mikan by Argosy Magazine in honor of his being named to Argosy's 1944-1945 Collegiate All-American Basketball Team. This was a very prestigious award from the first year of its presentation. This watch originates from Mikan's personal collection and is accompanied by a 2001 letter from Mikan personally attesting to its provenance. The rectangular watch (.75 x 1 inches) is engraved on the reverse, "Argosy - All American Basketball Team - 1944-45 - George Mikan - DePaul." George Mikan was the first great "big man" in basketball history and so dominated the game that he instigated rule changes at both the collegiate and professional level. In three years at DePaul he was twice named NCAA College Player of the Year (1945 and 1946) and was a three-time All American. He also led the nation in scoring in both the 1944-1945 and 1945-1946 seasons. In 1945 he led DePaul to the National Invitational Tournament championship by defeating Rhode Island 97-53 in the final game. Unbelievably, Mikan's fifty-three points in the championship game matched Rhode Island's total as a team. Mikan later starred at the professional level, playing in the National Basketball League (NBL), the Basketball Association of America (BAA), and the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, and in 1996 was named one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players. The watch displays moderate wear and is not in working order (it could probably be easily repaired). LOA from George Mikan. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,292.50


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