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1994-1995 Shaquille O'Neal Orlando Magic Signed Alternate Jersey with Rare Provenance - MEARS A10
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00
Extraordinary Orlando Magic alternate jersey issued to Shaquille O'Neal for use during the 1994-1995 season. Of the twenty-six Shaq jerseys in the MEARS population report, this is the only one with a direct O'Neal provenance. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. The blue pinstripe mesh jersey is lettered “Orlando” across the front and features the number "32" on both the front and reverse. "O'Neal" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All front letters are in white, outlined in black. All reverse letters and numerals are appliquéd in white on black tackle twill. Located on the exterior left front tail are: a “Champion 54" and a Champion exclusivity tag reading “Designed & Tailored Exclusively for Orlando Magic – 94/95 - Body Length +4." An official NBA patch appears on the upper left breast. O’Neal has inscribed the jersey, “Shaquille O’Neal #32,” in black marker (grading “8”) on the reverse numeral “3.” Original and unaltered, the jersey displays moderate wear. This jersey was originally personally presented by O’Neal to a former LSU classmate of his and is accompanied by an LOA from her in which she writes in part: “The following item was given to me by Shaquille O’Neal during a Dec. 1994 visit to his house in Windemere, FL. I am a personal friend of Shaq whom I met as a fellow student-athlete while attending LSU.” The 1994-1995-season marked O’Neal’s third year in the NBA. Although he had already established himself as one of the League’s top players, the 1994-1995-season was Shaq’s “coming out party.” O'Neal led the NBA in scoring (2,315 total points), averaging 29.3 points per game. He also led Orlando to the Atlantic Division title and the NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets. In 1996 O'Neal was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and today he ranks within the top twenty of all time in numerous categories including points, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, field goals, and field goal percentage. Graded A10 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 5 points for provenance). Currently one of twenty-six Shaquille O’Neal jerseys listed in the MEARS population report, it ranks as the highest graded example (all of the other twenty-five jerseys are graded A5 due to lack of any provenance). This is simply a phenomenal Shaquille O’Neal jersey in all respects, dating from his third season in the NBA. This jersey 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 $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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