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    1990 Drazen Petrovic Game Worn Yugoslavia FIBA Gold Medal Clinching Jersey - The Country's Final World Championship Title. Drazen Petrovic's basketball legacy was just beginning to become established when he was taken from the world. While he was not the first foreign player to star at the NBA level, he was credited with starting the wave of exports into pro basketball. Affectionately known as Petro, the sharpshooter was killed on the Autobahn at the age of 28. The Nets promptly retired his number and a Hall of Fame nod was eventually realized in 2002. Some say the Nets have never fully recovered from the death of the future superstar. We are proud to offer the jersey Petrovic wore during the 1990 FIBA tournament - the final World Championships the country of Yugoslavia would compete in before disbanding. The jersey was sourced from one of Petrovic's confidants who had access to such a piece of history. An "Adidas [size] XL" tag is featured in the collar with "Drazen Petrovic" written in fading black ballpoint. The label has frayed on the edges noticeably. The mesh jersey shows ample game use throughout and has its identifiers screen pressed. A "Jugoslavija" patch is centered on the chest. ESPN did a 30-for-30 about the country's breakup and the escalating tensions it created between Petrovic and his fellow countrymen. Game footage from the highly acclaimed episode reveals some players wore jerseys with an extra logo patch on front. A close-up of Petrovic is featured on the 30-for-30 at the 40:07 and 40:12 mark. We are also including an image of Petrovic and Toni Kukoc shaking hands and another photo of Petrovic shooting a jumper on-line for further reference. Petro's jersey does not feature a patch in the gold medal game while Kukoc's jersey clearly has the additional patch. Basketball players will come and go, but the Drazen Petrovic's stamp on the sport is one which will never be forgotten. Long before the NBA was truly a global sport, the long range assassin from Yugoslavia gave us all a glimpse of greatness. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    February, 2016
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