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    1969 Oakland Oaks ABA Championship Ring Presented to Small Forward John Clawson. What a difference a year can make! The Oakland Oaks of the newly-minted American Basketball Association defined ineptitude during the league's inaugural season with a last-place finish, but stunned the sporting world by going from worst to first, claiming the Championship in the rogue league's second year. The enormous change of fortune had good cause--after a contract dispute with the NBA that forced Hall of Famer Rick Barry to sit out that first ABA season, he joined the Oaks along with future Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown and a cast of talented rookies including small forward John Clawson of the University of Michigan, who had just won a gold medal with the 1968 USA Olympic team.

    Presented is Clawson's Championship ring, one of just a small handful of elite hardware to enter the collecting hobby from the ABA. A green stone adorns the ring face at the center of raised text reporting, "Oakland Oaks Champions." Left shank provides the Clawson attribution and an ABA logo, while right features a team logo, the season's vintage and regular season record. Interior band is stamped "Herff Jones HJ 10K" and measures to a size eleven and a half (11.5). NRMT condition in original Herff Jones ring box.

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    November, 2015
    5th-7th Thursday-Saturday
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