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    1974-75 Moses Malone Game Worn Utah Stars (ABA) Rookie Practice Jersey. He was the first high school player to join a professional league, and the last active veteran of the American Basketball Association upon his 1995 NBA retirement. What came in between those special bookends was one of the greatest careers in the history of the sport, a protracted age of brilliance that earned Malone enshrinement at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and inclusion within the even more discriminating list of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players.

    This thrilling garment found a nineteen-year old Malone at the very start of his twenty-one season professional career, as a rookie for a Utah Stars team that hoped the high profile signing might rescue the franchise from looming bankruptcy. While the on-court fortunes of the team improved measurably with the addition of the preternaturally talented youngster, the team continued to founder beneath a sea of red ink, and the Stars were dropped by the ABA for failing to meet payroll in December of 1975. Malone was one of several players dealt to the Spirits of St. Louis in a "going out of business" sale, ending his Stars service after just a single campaign.

    Today we see the silver lining of that dark cloud in the assurance that the presented jersey could only be a Malone rookie. Awesome screened-on graphics announce the name of the team and the league itself, making this one of the very few garments from the ABA's brief existence to actually bear those historic initials. "Champion [size] X-Large" label at hem bears a vintage markered number "22" for attribution. Solid, sweaty wear is evident. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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