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    Haute couture from the engine of Beantown's unstoppable juggernaut

    Early to Mid-1960's Bill Russell Game Worn Boston Celtics Warm-Up Jacket.
    Even the mighty New York Yankees had to tip their caps to this peerless hardcourt force, which claimed the NBA Championship in all but two seasons between 1957 and 1969, a protracted age of dominance unlike any in the entirety of professional sports. That period is commonly called "The Bill Russell Era," a span matching exactly the Hall of Fame center's thirteen seasons of service to the Celtics cause. Michael Jordan's collection of six Championship rings is extraordinarily impressive, but Russell came up just one short of doubling that quantity.

    So it hardly needs verbalizing that garments from Russell's Celtics wardrobe represent the pinnacle of post-war basketball collecting. Here we find a particularly stylish example thereof, a hefty road kelly green warm-up jacket worn at the heart of that era of dominance. White on yellow lettering announces the capital of the basketball world on chest, while logo shamrocks of identical construction adorn each sleeve. Verso bears a six-snap "Russell" nameplate in green tackle twill on white satin.

    Interior collar holds "Horace Partridge Athletic Goods [size] 44" label, matching the size of known Russell gamers. The bottom two buttons are missing, but this does little to affect the great display value. Sweaty wear is evident throughout. We see Russell wearing either this precise garment or an exact duplicate in Getty Image #81368784, picturing the Celtics departing the court during the 1966 NBA Finals. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
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