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    National Basketball Association 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph from Sam Jones. Unquestionably the most coveted single piece in the basketball autograph collecting hobby is this simply awe-inspiring lithograph produced to commemorate the League's Golden Anniversary in 1996. The tremendous array of Hall of Fame talent that has blessed this piece with 10/10 pencil autographs below artfully rendered photo-realistic portraits is only part of the equation, however. The scarcity of the piece--only 250 were ever produced--puts the owner of one in an elite class of legendary athletes, team executives and VIP's fortunate enough to have access to the tiny supply. This one once belonged to superstar Boston Celtics guard Sam Jones, who appears between Michael Jordan and Rick Barry at lower left. Just below is a handwritten notation earmarking this copy for him, which reads, "Jones 1/1."

    While a few of these hardcourt icons have passed since the 1996 signing (notably Chamberlain, Mikan and DeBusschere), only the tragic early death of Pete Maravich kept this piece from being signed by the full contingent of fifty in 1996. The full list of signers: George Mikan, Oscar Robertson, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Willis Reed, John Stockton, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Walt Frazier, John Havlicek, Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Nate Thurmond, Hal Greer, Clyde Drexler, Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Arizin, Jerry Lucas, George Gervin, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Jerry West, Dolph Schayes, Dave DeBusschere, Shaq O'Neal, Moses Malone, Earl Monroe, Dave Bing, Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Bill Cunningham, Wes Unseld, Kevin McHale, Michael Jordan, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, Bob Pettit, Nate Archibald, Bill Walton, Isiah Thomas, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, James Worthy, Robert Parrish, and David Robinson. Bringing the auto LOA from James Spence Authentication.graph total to an even fifty is commissioner Daniel Stern, who signs just below the imprinted NBA logo at lower right.

    This phenomenal, artful documentation of a half-century of basketball greatness measures 25x39" in size, with appropriately elegant matting and framing expanding the final dimensions to approximately 30x44". The appeal and importance, of course, is immeasurable. LOA from PSA/DNA. LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    October, 2006
    28th Saturday
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