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    Numbered "Arizin 1/1"

    1996 NBA's 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph--Paul Arizin's Personal Example! The NBA took the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 1996 to honor fifty of the game's greatest players with a single lithograph that has forever after been considered the Holy Grail of basketball autograph collecting. Over a period of five days, forty-nine legends of the hardcourt were brought together for the autograph sessions, the sport's most exclusive brotherhood creating the hobby's most exclusive collectible. Thus was this remarkable piece of memorabilia born, linking several generations of NBA legends starting with the earliest days of the fledgling league when it was cobbled together at the end of World War II.

    And so you have striking pencil signatures from the likes of George Mikan, Bill Sharman, Bob Cousy, Paul Arizin and Bob Pettit, golden era names Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Julius Erving, and more modern era luminaries Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Shaq. It's hard to imagine such a unique and all-encompassing sports art print ever being even fantasized, much less actually delivered.

    The once-in-a-lifetime parameters simply cannot be duplicated, with several of the elder statesmen having passed away in the nearly two decades since this artifact's creation. The 25x39"print features color head portraits of the NBA's selection of its Top 50 players, with 9/10 or 10/10 pencil signatures below each, with only Pistol Pete Maravich, who died in 1988, not included among the autographs. Executed on an elegant cream acid-free heavy stock, this print is matted and framed under heavy glass, with a museum-quality frame bringing the overall dimensions to 30x44".

    The NBA 50 Greatest Players Lithograph was limited to 250 individually numbered pieces - the first 50 going directly to the players, 100 "NBA Edition," 50 "Legends Edition," and 50 Field of Dreams Edition.

    This example carries special collector appeal as one of the highly-coveted player models, issued to "Pitchin' Paul" Arizin, small forward for the Philadelphia Warriors (1950-62) who retired with the third-highest point total in NBA history (16,266). One small, light wrinkle near left edge--not affecting any signature or artwork--is reported in the interest of full disclosure, otherwise fine condition. Framed dimensions are 35x48". Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $40,000 - up.

    Auction Info

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    July
    26th Friday
    Auction Dates
    August
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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