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    1969 Topps Lew Alcindor #25 PSA Mint 9. Lew Alcindor began his basketball career in New York City and was a prep-school icon. Continuing his success in high school, the rebellious and talented young man went to UCLA where he was tutored by the Wizard of Westwood. He won three NCAA titles and the Bruins finished with an 88-2 record when Alcindor manned the middle. Alcindor took his considerable talents to the professional ranks and helped make the Milwaukee Bucks winners.

    One can't help but be amazed by the fact basketball history came down to the flip of a coin. Lew had a million dollar offer (over $6,500,000 in today's dollars) to sign as the newest star attraction of the Harlem Globetrotters. The three-time NCAA National Player of the Year future was decided by the flip of a coin. The first pick in the 1969 draft went to the Phoenix Suns if it was heads, tails meant the most prolific scorer in the history of professional basketball would begin with the fledgling Milwaukee Bucks franchise. It was tails.

    From that same year we offer one of the finest examples on record of his rookie card from the 1969 Topps series. The set itself is remarkable as one like it had not been seen for a dozen years. Wonderfully well-preserved, every characteristic resonates with quality. The "tall boy" format so befitting of the 7' 1" legend. Graded PSA Mint 9. One of seventeen graded Mint with two rated higher.

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    February, 2019
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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