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    Big O conquers the planet!

    1960 Oscar Robertson Rome Summer Olympics Game Worn USA Basketball Team Jersey, MEARS A10.
    It's widely agreed that the greatest assembly of basketball talent ever to share a single court was the 1992 Dream Team of Jordan, Bird, Johnson, Barkley, etc., but when narrowing the terms of assessment to include only amateur players, the American Olympians who conquered the world in Rome defend their position atop the medal podium over a half century after that dominating tournament.

    While there is no question but that the foreign game has improved dramatically since the nation where Naismith birthed the sport earned Roman Gold, the 1960 American squad owed most of its elite supremacy to the gods of chance who saw fit to populate the collegiate ranks of the period with a staggering array of budding immortals. While the full squad was enshrined to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a team in 2010 along with the 1992 "Dream Team," no fewer than four members of the 1960 squad would earn that institution's immortality as individuals: Walt Bellamy, Jerry Lucas, Jerry West, and the man who wore this blue beauty.

    It is well known that each player received only one white and one blue uniform for use in Rome, and Robertson's white version famously sold in a 2012 auction for over $120,000.

    The blue durene shell bears a white-on-red tackle twill "U.S.A. 14" on the chest, those digits repeated in slightly larger format on verso. Lower left front tail reveals "Wilson" manufacturer's label with "44 +3" sizing flag tag below. Solid game wear evident.

    "Big O" would join Jerry Lucas as co-leading scorers in Rome before seamlessly transitioning from the Games to the NBA, averaging 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game to run away with Rookie of the Year honors. Even at the top of the world, there was nowhere to go but up.

    The jersey is consigned by a gentleman whose mother's first cousin was covering the Olympics for the Indianapolis Times newspaper. His letter of provenance explains that, knowing the consignor was a Cincinnati resident and huge Robertson fan, the journalist made a point of seeking out this souvenir as a special surprise for the youngster. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from consignor.

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    August, 2018
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