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    Completely Signed 1951 World Series of Basketball Program from the Marques Haynes Collection. Here is Marques Haynes' personal copy of the program from the second year of the World Series of Basketball. This touring event pitted the Harlem Globetrotters against the "College All-Americans" in a series of eighteen games from coast to coast. Fans in most of the major cities had the chance to see the legendary Globetrotters play a talented group of collegians. The cover of the program bears the signatures of every player listed on the Globetrotters roster - except Marques Haynes (remember, this is his own copy...and it can be signed by Marques if the winning bidder wants to complete the roster). The incredible Reece "Goose" Tatum, along with HOFer William "Pop" Gates and the image of the Globetrotters in their early years, Babe Pressley are joined by ten others; they represent virtually the lineup that beat the World Champion Minneapolis Lakers twice, in 1948 and 1949. Inside the program, virtually the entire college roster, lead by the likes of Gene Melchiorre, Mel Hutchins and Zeke Sinicola, has signed the page near their images. Also of great interest are the "10" signatures of HOF coaches Clair Bee and Ray Meyer. This is a great piece of early basketball history and a unique assemblage of important autographs. While there is some staining to the back cover, the program is in overall very good condition and the signatures average "8" or better. BR Included within this desirable group of autographs is the extraordinarily rare signature of Negro League baseball player Ted Strong. A star with the Pittsburgh Crawfords for over ten years, Keating and Kolleth's authoritative summary of Negro League autographs mentions that only one example of Ted Strong's signature was known at the time of publication. After retiring from baseball, Strong played for several years with one of the Globetrotters' touring teams, making his signature possible on this program. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2007
    25th Sunday
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