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    1971 Lew Alcindor Game Worn NBA Western Conference All-Star Jersey, MEARS A10. One of the first athletes to gain national attention while still in grade school, Lew Alcindor starting turning heads as a thirteen-year-old eighth-grader at St. Jude's in 1960-61. From there legend grew, first at Power memorial High School, where he was a three-time city champion and All-City selection, and then at UCLA, where he was a three-time national champion and tournament MVP.

    In a televised flip of a coin on NBA Draft day 1969 to determine who would pick first, Jerry Colangelo of the Phoenix Suns called heads. The coin came up tails and Alcindor and was headed to Milwaukee. In his first year on the polished floors of the NBA, Big Lew averaged 28.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, easily copping Rookie of the Year honors and miraculously transforming the expansion Bucks from the second worst team in the NBA in 1968-69 (27-55) to the second best in 1969-70 (56-26). The following season, the Big O was added and the Bucks were the World Champions.

    On offer here is Lew Alcindor's game worn 1971 NBA All-Star Game jersey, the second and last of only two exemplars (the other being his 1970 NBA All-Star Game jersey) which ever displayed the name "Alcindor" on the verso. [Note: While Alcindor had actually changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at age twenty-one, while he was still attending UCLA, it wasn't until the 1971-72 campaign that his jerseys finally identified him as such.]

    This jersey is also significant because it was worn during the 1970-71 season when the Bucks won the NBA Championship and Alcindor was named both the NBA MVP and the NBA Finals MVP.

    Made from a heavy durene blend, to honor the NBA's silver anniversary season which the league was formally celebrating during the 1970-71 campaign, the jersey reports "West 33" on the obverse with the breathtaking "Alcindor 33" on the verso, all sewn on in blue and red tackle twill. Providing further visual appeal, colorful red/white/blue trim was added around the neck, arms and down the sides of the garment. Meanwhile, a singular "Wilson 44" tag resides in the front tail.

    The jersey is in remarkable condition, exhibiting appropriate wear from Mister Alcindor's dominating nineteen-point, fourteen-rebound performance at the San Diego Sports Arena. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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