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    Includes Christmas card from the Birds to the recipients!

    1992 Larry Bird Barcelona Olympics Game Worn & Signed "Dream Team" Sneakers, Personally Gifted to Friend for Christmas. Forget the 1927 Yankees and the 1972 Dolphins. The greatest American sports team ever assembled was the one which claimed Olympic Gold on the basketball courts of Barcelona in 1992, a staggering array of ultra-legends that steamrolled the rest of the world after the rules against Olympic professionalism were overturned. In the eight games required to reach the top of the podium, the narrowest margin of victory came in the Gold Medal contest against Croatia, a 117-85 result.

    The supreme significance of the team, and the minimal supply of game used gear to enter the hobby in the twenty-seven years since, have identified any such auction offering as a special event, and we're pleased to present this opportunity. This patriotic pair of Converse high tops, bearing Bird's Dream Team number "7," were gifted to good friends of Larry and his wife Dinah, the toe of each shoe flawlessly inscribed and signed to each member of the receiving couple. The provenance is further cemented by the Christmas card that accompanied these shoes in the shipment, bearing the humorous handwritten text from the Hall of Fame legend, "Hope they fit!" The shoes were given by Bird to his banker in Terre Haute, Don Smith.

    Only a simple "Converse" label appears inside the sneakers, at each interior tongue, but the shoes are correct for Bird's size fifteen feet. His custom insoles have been removed. Light game wear is evident, and the right shoe exhibits the beginnings of some degradation to the rubber sole, as is typical for aging sneakers. The shoes perfectly match every specification of those we sold in May 2016 as part of the personal collection of David Fischer, the team doctor for this fabled Gold Medal squad. Christmas card from Birds to recipients. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA for each shoe.


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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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