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    1958 Oscar Robertson's Basketball Used in Madison Square Garden Scoring Record Game. It was just over a half century ago that the Hall of Fame guard considered by many to be the greatest talent ever to man that position etched his name into the history of New York City's most famous indoor sporting arena. Presented here is the ball that Robertson kept as a souvenir of his record setting fifty-six point performance for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in a meeting with Seton Hall. Never before, and still never since, has that figure been topped on a Madison Square Garden basketball court, on either the collegiate or professional level. When the night was over, Robertson had hit twenty-two of thirty-two field goal attempts, all twelve of his free throws, and had single-handedly launched Cincinnati into the national spotlight.

    The ball comes to us from Robertson's sister-in-law, with her letter of provenance, explaining how it had been stored for years in Oscar's mother-in-law's basement in Cincinnati. The "MacGregor X10L Official" ball shows an expected amount of wear, but has been filled with a compound that has made it permanently spherical and rock hard. The vintage notation on the ball in bold block lettering reads, "Madison Square Garden Individual Scoring Record 56 Points by the 'Big O' Oscar Robertson." The ball is subsequently autographed by over a dozen of Robertson's teammates, though not by Robertson personally, presumably because it was Oscar's own ball. The autographs are a little light, but the identifying notation remains 9/10 in strength. Included is a vintage 9x12.5" photo of Robertson shooting a jumper at the game, very possibly with this very ball. LOA from PSA/DNA (autographs). LOA from James Spence Authentication (autographs). Guide Value or Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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