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    1997-98 Shaquille O'Neal Game Worn Jersey. While certainly other O'Neal representations have been offered at public sale, here we present what is clearly one of the finest, given its rock-solid provenance that links it definitively to a 122-115 win over the Portland Trailblazers on February 4, 1998. We take the word of Shaq himself for this history, as his perfect black sharpie signature on verso is tagged with his handwritten date of "2-4-98." Either he, or an equipment manager, apparently marked the jersey as such immediately after the game, as "2/4/98 Portland" is penned in black felt tip to the "Nike [size] 56" tail tag so soon after the game that the sweat had not yet dried, causing the ink to bleed slightly. While we are in this locale, we will note that the proper "Length +6" flap tag appears below. "Lakers 34" is affixed to chest in purple and white tackle twill in its proper single stitched format. The same goes for "O'Neal 34" on verso. This jersey's drop is passable at an even 4". The wear of the jersey is light, but that is not abnormal for a Shaq O' Neal representation. The tagging in the lower tail demonstrates at least minimal usage and washings. In determining game authenticity of a jersey of this ilk, there is usually an inconsistency or two or three in the areas of numeral and letter font, size, positioning, yoke cut, arm/neck trim, tagging, etc. All are correct here, which is an important base determinant. Clearly the fact that O'Neal has signed off on the game use is another strong point in its favor. Included is a photographic image from the game picturing Shaq at work in this shirt. LOA from Lou Lampson. LOA from PSA/DNA.

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