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    John Williamson 1980 Game-Worn New Jersey Nets Uniform With Warm Ups Perhaps the final Nets uniform worn by "Super John," who came to the ABA's New York Nets as a rookie in 1973-74, entering the lineup after a 4-10 start and helping to swing the tide to 51-19, and an ABA Championship. In 1990, he joined Wendell Ladner, Bill Melchionni and Julius Erving as one of only four players to have his jersey number retired by the club. Williamson was traded to the Washington Bullets midway through the season during which he wore this full uniform, but the strong wear suggests he did some good work in it while he finished his Nets career. Red tackle twill spells "Nets 23" on the jersey's chest, with "Williamson 23" taking up the rear. Three white stars are sewn on a field of blue under the left arm, and the "Rawlings [size] 44" tag is still present in the lower front tail. The matching shorts, which continue the patriotic flag design with red striping and stars on a field of blue, show equally strong wear and remind us just how skimpy basketball shorts were back in the day. Number "23" is penned in vintage marker on the "Rawlings [size] 36" label in the waistband. Light spots of staining do little to detract. Complete uniforms from superstar basketball players of this era are incredibly difficult, making this offering a rare opportunity for a top collector. Also included is a complete warm-up uniform from the same era, though not attributed to Williamson. Groovy polyester blend jacket has button front, large collar (with number "28" in marker inside), and "Nets" sewn in six-inch tall letters across the back. "Rawlings [size] 46" label inside tail has "2 Inch Extra Length" flap tag. Matching pants are similarly tagged, size 38. Strong wear but no damage evident. LOA from Dan Knoll, Dave Bushing & Lou Lampson/SCD Authentic.

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    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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