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1969-1971 Lew Alcindor - Kareem Abdul Jabbar Milwaukee Bucks Signed Warm-Up Shirt (Transition Name-Change Shirt)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $15,275.00
Rare and extremely historically significant Milwaukee Bucks warm-up shirt worn by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during his first two seasons in the NBA. If ever a shirt were historically significant and especially desirable because it showed evidence of a name change, this is it! This remarkable shirt dates precisely from the time of Jabbar's name change. The jersey has the name “Jabbar” on the reverse. Jabbar was christened Lew Alcindor, but in college he converted from Catholicism to Islam and changed his name to Kareem (noble and generous) Abdul (serves Allah) Jabbar (powerful). Although his name change took place prior to his entering the NBA, he didn’t make the change public until his second NBA season (1970/1971). This jersey reflects that name change. The white knit jersey is lettered “Jabbar” on the reverse, but it is clear that there has been a vintage name change. The original nameplate (which would have been lettered “Alcindor”) has been removed and the stitch outline of its former location is clearly visible. “Jabbar” is now lettered directly on the reverse in green on red tackle twill. The front of the shirt features a green and red tackle-twill basketball patch with “Bucks” embroidered upon it in white. Located in the collar are both a “Sand-Knit/Mid-City Sporting Goods” label and a “Sand-Knit 40” label. Jabbar has signed the jersey “Abdul Jabbar” in black marker (grading “9/10”) on the left breast, directly below the team patch. Aside from the team-sanctioned name change on the reverse, the shirt is completely original and displays moderate wear, including light staining on the front. Jabbar was spectacular with Milwaukee during the 1970/1971 season. He led the NBA in scoring, averaging 31.7 points per game, and was also second in the League in field goal percentage (.577) and fourth in rebounds per game (16.0). Those numbers later earned him the first of his six MVP Awards. Teaming with the great Oscar Robertson, Jabbar also led the Bucks to the NBA championship that season and was named the NBA Finals MVP. Today, Jabbar is universally recognized as one of the greatest players in NBA history. Holder of numerous career records, Jabbar was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. The following year he was selected as one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players by a panel of experts. This shirt has been examined by MEARS and has been deemed “Authentic” (MEARS doesn’t grade warm-up shirts). This shirt has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $15,275.00
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