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    Big O scores 2,480 points and claims NBA MVP in finest season of his career!

    1963-64 Oscar Robertson Game Worn Cincinnati Royals Jersey, MEARS A10. It required a career performance to wrench the NBA MVP Award from the grip of big men Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, who shared ownership of the league's top individual honor every other season between 1960 and 1968. But under the leadership of new coach Jack McMahon, and with the arrival of a fellow future Hall of Famer in rookie Jerry Lucas, Robertson posted a season for the ages in 1963-64, recording a career-high 2,480 points and leading the NBA in free throws (800) and assists (868) as the league's craftiest playmaker.

    At the close of this fifth professional season, Robertson had averaged a career triple-double, with 30.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game, a staggering resume of achievement that already made him a shoo-in for Springfield and the even more exclusive NBA Fifty Greatest Players roster. His number "14" jersey is properly retired for eternity by the Sacramento Kings, the current home of the paripatetic basketball franchise.

    Cincinnati will always be Robertson's greatest association, however, the slick University of Cincinnati guard proudly claimed by his hometown professional franchise with the first pick in the 1960 NBA draft. He wore the uniform of the Cincinnati Royals for a decade before departing for an NBA Championship partnership with Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Milwaukee in 1970, but only a handful of Royals gamers are known to the modern hobby. This is arguably the finest.

    Spectacular game wear is evident, as one would expect from the most prolific scoring season of a Hall of Fame career. "Cincinnati 14" is applied to the road blue knit of the body on the chest, with "Robertson 14" similarly affixed to reverse. Red and white piping runs the perimeter of the collar and arm holes, with those colors repeated at the ribs in larger format. Lower left front tail holds the proper "Wilson [size] 44" manufacturer's labeling, with local Cincinnati distributor "Ed Brendmour Inc. Sporting Goods" tagging just above.

    Robertson would lead Cincinnati to the 1964 Eastern Divisional finals before being eliminated by the eventual NBA Champion Boston Celtics, an achievement which would prove to be the high-water mark for the Robertson-era Royals. While Big O remained as effective as ever in the years to come in Cincy, the Royals declined from first-round elimination in 1965 through 1967, and then to missing the postseason cut entirely from 1968 to 1970. So we have, here, the last great relic of a bygone era, one of the most important and impressive game worn jerseys from the NBA hardcourt to reach the auction block in recent memory. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.






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