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1970 Pete Maravich NCAA All-Time Scoring Record Game Used Basketball. The University of Mississippi Rebels were the visiting club on January 30, 1970, a date that no fan present at the LSU "Cow Palace" that evening will ever forget. Needing just forty points to surpass the great Oscar Robertson's career collegiate points record, Pistol Pete set about displaying his typical scoring brilliance, stylishly banking in a twenty-five footer with eight minutes remaining to give him thirty-nine points. "One...one...one..." the hometown crowd chanted in unison. Flash bulbs popped with each release to follow, with Maravich missing five consecutive shots until, with 4:43 remaining, he pulled up and swished a seventeen-foot jumper to claim the crown.

Presented is the very ball that earned "Pistol Pete" Maravich the most significant individual record in collegiate basketball, one of the most important artifacts from the NCAA hardcourt ever to find its way to the public auction block. In a show of true love, Pete made a gift of the ball to his girlfriend and future wife Jackie, inscribing the ball "Broke the Big 'O' All Time Scoring Record, To Jackie, The Greatest and [illegible] girl in the whole world, I love you, 'Pistol Pete.'" Just below, he signed "Pete" again.

The ball still holds air well and remains perfectly spherical and ideal for display. Almost forty years later, Maravich remains at the top of the NCAA Division I scoring charts, and with the trend of top collegiate stars leaving school for the NBA long before serving full University tours of duty, there's little chance that the record will ever be broken. A singularly unique and elite artifact worthy of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and the finest of private collections. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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Auction Dates
April, 2009
23rd-24th Thursday-Friday
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