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Circa 1982-1985 James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers Signed Game-Used Home Jersey - Highest-Graded Example

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,288

Los Angeles Lakers home jersey, dating from circa 1982-1985, worn by Hall of Fame forward James Worthy. Graded A9.5 by MEARS; only one graded at this level, with none graded higher. Authentic James Worthy game-used jerseys are extremely rare: this is only the third example ever graded by MEARS. The gold mesh jersey is lettered "Lakers" across the front and features the number "42" on the front and reverse. "Worthy" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in purple on white tackle twill. A faded "Tiernan" label appears on the base of the front tail. Worthy has inscribed the jersey "James Worthy #42" in black Sharpie (grading "8") on the front. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays heavy wear, including loose stitching on the numeral "2" on both the front and reverse. Worthy was one the key members of the Los Angeles Lakers during the club's late 1980s dynasty, leading the club to three World Championships. Although often overshadowed by his more celebrated teammates, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Worthy appeared in seven All-Star Games and averaged 17.6 points per game over the course of his thirteen-year career (1982-1994). In 1996 Worthy was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History and in 2003 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Worthy's uniform number, "42," was retired by the Lakers in 1995, one of only seven numbers retired by the club. Graded 9.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade with a half point deducted for the loose stitching to the numeral "2" on the front and reverse). Accompanying the jersey are three additional items: a pair of goggles, a pair of sneakers signed by Worthy, and a Los Angeles Lakers baseball cap signed by Worthy. We believe the goggles and sneakers to be game-worn by Worthy; however, they are not accompanied by a player or team letter attesting to their authenticity. That said, our consignor acquired the jersey and all of the other items at the same time directly from a former NBA player, and was told at the time that they were game-worn. The fact that the jersey (by far the most valuable piece in the ensemble) is perfect suggests that the other items are exactly what they are purported to be. (We did not send the goggles and sneakers to MEARS because there would be no way to authenticate goggles, and the only thing they would be able to state with certainty regarding the sneakers is that they are pro-model quality.) The white Adidas "Artillery" sneakers (size 15), with purple trim, display light wear and are each signed in black Sharpie (grading "9") by Worthy on the front. The goggles, which are identical in design to those normally worn by Worthy on the court, are manufactured by "Herslof" and display light wear. The gold Los Angeles Lakers baseball cap (adjustable head band) is inscribed "James Worthy #42" in black marker (grading "7") on the top of the brim (Ex). LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Total: 4 items (jersey, sneakers, goggles, and hat). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $5,288

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