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    Champagne-drenched shoes a gift to Magic's personal ball boy

    1988 Magic Johnson NBA Finals Game Seven Worn Sneakers. Our consignor looks the happiest of the three of them. The fantastic 8x10" photograph finds a teenaged Robert Parada in the Lakers clubhouse moments after the the Los Angeles Forum was treated to a nail-biting 108-105 victory over the fierce Detroit Pistons in the decisive Game Seven. In his lap, he holds the coveted Larry O'Brien Trophy. To his right sits 1987 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Michael Cooper, and to his left the legendary Magic Johnson, each athlete gripping a bottle of celebratory champagne in his left hand. Clearly this was one of the greatest moments of young Mr. Parada's life.

    His lengthy letter of provenance discusses his difficult decision to part with his most cherished souvenir of that day, a noble sacrifice to benefit his two young children. He writes of how he was careful never to cross the line in his service of the NBA Champs, but that on this occasion he became bold:

    "I wanted to remember that moment and feeling forever so I took a chance and asked him for his shoes. I had a feeling they were promised to someone else or to the Hall of Fame because that is what he told most people when they asked for his shoes. I was ready for the denial but was surprised when he told me to get him a pen to autograph them.

    I wasn't even thinking about asking for the autograph at that moment but was excited I was getting the shoes. Not only did he sign them, but he personalized each shoe just for me. I think he was elated with the team's accomplishment and grateful for the work I did for the team, and, on some level appreciative of our friendship in the locker room. I was amazed that he wrote, 'To Rob, my main man.' On the other he wrote a life lesson, 'Be good,' and signed them both."

    And that's just how we find the custom Converse high-tops, each in Lakers purple and gold and bearing a custom "Magic" on interior and exterior ankle. The letter of provenance also reports that Johnson would typically wear a different pair of shoes every game, but use is clearly evident here, and the typical degradation found in old sneakers is minimal. The inscriptions and autographs survive in bold 9/10 black sharpie.

    The victory would prove to be Johnson's fifth NBA Championship, as well as his last, which could bolster an argument that the presented shoes were on the feet of a legend standing at the absolute pinnacle of his Hall of Fame career. Letter of provenance from Los Angeles Lakers ball boy. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.

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    February, 2014
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