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    Extraordinarily rare single-season style from the defending ABA Champs

    1968-69 Minnesota Pipers Game Worn Shooting Jacket. Though a 1976 merger with the NBA spelled the official end of the American Basketball Association, that brief, unsteady existence as a rogue league fundamentally altered the course of professional basketball (and most would contend for the better). What it lacked in star power and television contracts, the ABA made up for with flashy, wide-open play, big afros and such innovations as a multi-colored official ball and a three-point line.

    The precarious state of the league and its components is evident in the fact that the Pittsburgh Pipers, Champions of the first ABA season of 1967-68, pulled up stakes to take residence at Minneapolis' Bloomington's Met Center, left vacant when the Minnesota Muskies headed south to become the Miami Floridians. The experiment proved no more successful than their predecessors' however, and the Pipers returned to Pittsburgh for the 1969-70 season. While any uniform article deriving from the American Basketball Association could accurately be characterized as "rare," the single year of Minnesota residence for the Pipers makes the presented garment one of the toughest of that thin supply.

    Heightening the appeal here are the eye-popping aesthetics, the tackle twill and chenille patch dominating the chest boasting of the franchise's status as defending Champs. Verso repeats the team nickname in similar fashion. Interior collar holds a "Rawlings [size] 44" label and what appears to be the remnants of a secondary label. Heavy wear is evident, though nothing that could be properly described as damage. Zipper at collar remains functional. An absence of any player identification leaves us to wonder if perhaps Connie Hawkins once wore this garment, but at the very least it's an evocative memento of this key stage in the evolution of the professional game. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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