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    1968-69 Wilt Chamberlain Game Worn Jersey. "Nobody roots for Goliath," Chamberlain once claimed, but certainly this giant had his share of fans and well-wishers, and he continues to rate very highly among the collecting community. And when The Stilt suited up in this purple durene Lakers jersey for his first season with the team, the entire City of Angels turned to the supremely gifted center for hope that he might bring the NBA Championship home from the East. It would be 1972 before Wilt would answer these prayers, but while wearing this historic shirt, the Hall of Fame center took his new team within a single game of the brass ring. This Western Division Championship jersey exhibits tremendous wear, and represents the most desirable style of Laker jerseys, purple durene with the five-striped purple, yellow and white trim. It should be noted that this trim style, paired with the placement of the "Lakers" identifier on the chest, classifies the jersey definitively as a late 1960's style. Number "13" appears on front in back in identical white and yellow tackle twill to the team identifier, with "Chamberlain" in a wide arc across the shoulders. The absence of manufacturer's labeling is not unusual at all, as Bernie Tiernan would typically hand-tailor his jerseys to the players' frames, making tag-free jerseys the rule rather than the exception. The left seam of the jersey has several inches of separation, but this will not be immediately apparent upon display and could certainly be quite simply remedied if desired. This is one of the most desirable, and certainly the earliest, of all Chamberlain Lakers jerseys ever offered for public sale, worthy of a home in the finest basketball collections. LOA from Lou Lampson. LOA from MEARS.

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    October, 2005
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