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    1996 NBA's 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph. It is arguably the most ambitious autograph undertaking ever devised in modern professional sports, the NBA taking the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 1996 to honor 50 of the game's greatest players with a single lithograph that would include signatures of almost every last one of them. Thus was this remarkable piece of memorabilia born, somehow managing to link several generations of NBA legends from the earliest days of the fledgling league 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. 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. 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. Printed on an elegant cream acid-free heavy stock, this print is unframed and is numbered LE 32/50. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    May, 2016
    12th-14th Thursday-Saturday
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