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    The Pistol keeps on firing...

    Late 1970's Pete Maravich Game Worn New Orleans Jazz Jersey.

    "If I have a choice whether to do the show or throw a straight pass, and we're going to get the basket either way, I'm going to do the show."

    With all the struggles, success and tragedy of any great Hollywood movie, the short, brilliant life of Pete Maravich remains one of the most compelling in the history of American sport. Born in 1947 in a small Pennsylvania steel town, young Pete was molded by his loving yet domineering basketball coach father into an LSU standout and first round NBA draft pick, a journey that started when he was just three years old and so small he could only shoot the ball with a great heave from his hip, like a six-shooter. So they called him "Pistol."

    It's hard to believe it's been nearly three decades since the shocking and sudden death of this hardcourt wizard, a man immortalized in both the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield and the even more esteemed brotherhood of the NBA Fifty Greatest Players as chosen for the Golden Anniversary of the league in 1997.

    Here we present a late-career gamer from this fallen immortal, exhibiting fine, consistent wear from shortly before the team's relocation to Utah. The unmistakable "Jazz" logo is screened to the chest in purple, green and yellow, with Maravich's number "7" in the club's most prevalent, and therefore most desirable, style. The number "7" is repeated on verso, below a purple tackle twill "Maravich" sewn directly into the body of the jersey as is proper for the era.

    The arch of the surname is correct and represents a shallower depth than the Jazz used in its earlier renditions, thus helping to date the jersey to 1976-77 or later with high probability. The small size "Medalist Sand-Knit Size 44" label in the tail is the style that was used from the mid-1970's to the early 1980's, and again the size is proper for Pete at the time. To the left is the factory fabric coding "42" affixed in appropriate zig-zag stitching. It's a picture-perfect remembrance of an exciting time in the National Basketball Association. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

    Guide Value or Estimate: $40,000 - up.

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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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