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    1960 Bill Russell Signed Boston Celtics Player Contract. With the second overall pick in the 1956 draft, the Boston Celtics had high hopes for William Felton Russell. Yet even fans with the loftiest of expectations would never have guessed he would go on to lead the franchise to eleven NBA Championships in thirteen years. On paper, he was a great center, averaging just over fifteen points per game and over twenty-two rebounds per game en route to twelve All-Star selections. It could be argued that there were several other centers in NBA history who were better statistically or who added more scoring to the mix. What cannot be argued with is the fact that Russell is the winningest player in the history of the game. Just imagine, the man has more championship rings than he has fingers.

    Pairing up with other greats like Bob Cousy and John Havlicek, Russell was the heart and soul of the team, leading the charge into each amazing season. Playing at a position that often sees injuries and bad knees, Russell was amazingly consistent and healthy. He is credited with saying, "Durability is part of what makes a great athlete," and that alone may have made the difference, giving the team a big threat in the middle to defend everyone challenging their dominance.

    Original NBA player contracts are not considered rare, but to find one of a top tier Hall of Fame superstar and member of the NBA's Top 50 players is unheard of. These documents reside in family collections and rarely make it to the open market. This is a true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any Celtics fan to purchase one of the most treasured documents available.

    Measuring 8.5x14" and dated September 13, 1960, this contract paid Russell $35,000 for the 1960-61 season and is signed with his full "William F. Russell" name on the bottom of page two. Rating a strong 10/10, the signature is in blue ink, as is the accompanying signature of team president Walter Brown (10/10). Three mailing folds are present, along with a scattering of minor creases and an occasional tear or chipped edge. Two very minute spots of staining are on the verso, not affecting the signatures. None of these flaws diminish the aesthetic value of the piece, which deserves a place of honor amongst the finest of collections. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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