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    1986-87 Larry Bird Game Worn Boston Celtics Shooting Shirt. There was no bigger basketball star on the planet than this man as he suited up in the presented garment in the aftermath of one of the greatest three-season runs in NBA history. Between 1984 and 1986, Bird had claimed all three NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, and a Playoff Finals MVP Award for each of his two NBA Championship rings (1984 & 1986). The 1986 Celtics are commonly cited among the greatest teams ever assembled, with celebrated sportswriters Peter May and Bill Simmons ranking them number one.

    The 1987 Celtics would scrap their way to the Eastern Conference Championship in a hard-fought seven-game series with the Detroit Pistons, but Magic Johnson and the mighty Los Angeles Lakers would take the Finals in six, as they'd done two years earlier. It would prove to be the last edition of this storied Finals rivalry until 2008.

    Unique tailoring details allow us to narrow the vintage to a single season--this was the only year that the Celtics shooting shirts sported an NBA logo on the upper right chest but lacked a year tag. Otherwise the style is one used for several seasons, though this one is also consistent with the later period when the team got sick of thieves snatching the removable nameplates from the back--this one is sewn to the garment over the top of the original velcro.

    "Celtics" is screened across chest, with logo shamrocks at each shoulder. Snap front, and elasticized waist. Interior collar holds dual "Sand Knit" tagging denoting Celtics exclusivity and size "46." Solid wear is evident. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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