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    1977 NBA Finals Lithograph by Mardon Two of the greatest roundball stars of the era, Bill Walton and Julius "Dr. J" Erving, face off in this psychedelic masterwork by noted sports artist Allan Mardon. Walton, a fan of the Grateful Dead, had few peers when healthy and evoked comparisons to Wilt, Kareem, and Bill Russell. During the magical 1977 season under the guidance of their coach, Dr. Jack Ramsay, Walton and his Blazer teammates found a chemistry that combined with an exciting rebounding and running package led them to a championship. Walton finished off the series with an epic performance -- 20 points, 23 rebounds, 8 blocks and 7 assists, garnering the respect of Julius Erving after a particularly heated and sometimes ugly series that included several ejections and near ejections. Released in only limited numbers in the months immediately following the Portland Trailblazers historic victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, the 22" x 28" lithograph has steadily increased in value and rarity in the quarter-century since, and is currently listed at $1500. This strong specimen offers just a touch of wear in the wide white borders, and could easily be matted and framed to appear Mint. A marvelous work, so evocative of the era when "Blazermania" swept across the Northwest following Portland's decisive victory over one of the most talented pro teams ever assembled. A great piece to have signed--it would be worth a small fortune if it were.

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    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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