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    The most recognizable garment of the 1980's NBA

    1980-85 Magic Johnson Game Worn Los Angeles Lakers Jersey, MEARS A10. Twenty-one men who have worn the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers are enshrined at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, but even within that esteemed brotherhood, the player who wore this example enjoys elite status. In a city built on flash and celebrity, Johnson delivered both in ample supply, leading a fast-break offensive force nicknamed "Showtime" that claimed five NBA Championships in a nine-season span during the 1980's. Johnson earned three NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, and another three for his NBA Finals performances, during this protracted hardcourt reign.

    As such, no garment more perfectly symbolizes Eighties basketball than this home yellow mesh beauty, the fabled number "32" retired from action very soon after the man himself, though Johnson would take one final stab at the game four years later. This jersey, however, finds the master in his prime, the "Tiernan" tagged representation identified by the experts at MEARS as deriving from the first half of that glorious decade.

    Purple and white tackle twill forms the identifiers on front and verso, "Lakers 32" and "Johnson 32" respectively, with white and purple trim adorning the collar and arm holes. The softness of the identifiers and tagging suggest numerous cycles of sweaty wear and laundering, a key factor in MEARS' highest possible assessment. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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