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    1970-71 Pete Maravich Game Worn Rookie Jersey.

    If I have a choice whether to do the show or throw a straight pass, and we're going to get the basket either way, I'm going to do the show.

    With all the struggles, success and tragedy of any great Hollywood movie, the short, brilliant life of Pete Maravich remains one of the most compelling in the history of American sport. Born in 1947 in a small Pennsylvania steel town, young Pete was molded by his loving yet domineering basketball coach father into an LSU standout and first round NBA draft pick, a journey that started when he was just three years old and so small he could only shoot the ball with a great heave from his hip, like a six-shooter. So they called him "Pistol."

    Presented for the elite hobbyist is the one and only known example of Pistol Pete's rookie jersey, which, by default, must also be labeled the most important and appealing Maravich artifact ever to be offered at public auction. Simply ideal in every conceivable regard, the heavyweight blue knit treasure is as worthy of display at Springfield as any piece currently residing within the Basketball Hall of Fame.

    The glorious aesthetics of the jersey is the first jewel in the crown, indicative of the Atlanta Hawks desire for a new and striking image for this inaugural season of the 1970's. The tri-color striping in an asymmetrical design seems an appropriate complement to the addition this season of the flamboyant young superstar, as the look bears comparison to the uniforms of the flashier ABA, an imitation by the Hawks that was likely not entirely unintentional. The small and stylish font spelling "Atlanta" upon the chest is applied in white tackle twill, as is the number "44" that appears on both front and verso. It should be noted that the 1970-71 season was the last in which the NBA failed to require player names on its teams

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