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    1996 NBA's 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph. The NBA took the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 1996 to honor fifty of the game's greatest players with the creation of a signed lithograph that has forever after been considered the Holy Grail of basketball autograph collecting. Over a period of five days, forty-nine legends of the hardcourt were brought together for the autograph sessions, the sport's most exclusive brotherhood creating the hobby's most exclusive collectible. And so this remarkable piece of memorabilia was born, linking several generations of NBA legends beginning with the earliest days of the fledgling league when it was cobbled together at the end of World War II.

    Present are striking pencil signatures from the likes of George Mikan, Bill Sharman, Bob Cousy, Paul Arizin and Bob Pettit, golden era names Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, John Havlicek, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Julius Erving, and more modern era luminaries Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Shaq.

    The once-in-a-lifetime assembly could never be duplicated, with several of the elder statesmen having passed away in the two decades since this artifact's creation. The 39x25" print features color portraits of the NBA's selection of its Top 50 players, with 9/10 or 10/10 pencil signatures below each, with only "Pistol Pete" Maravich, who perished suddenly and tragically in 1988, not included among the autographs. Executed on an elegant cream acid-free heavy stock, the print is professionally matted and framed to overall dimensions to 52x38".

    The NBA 50 Greatest Players lithograph was limited to 250 individually numbered pieces--the first 50 going directly to the players, an "NBA Edition" of 100, a "Legends Edition" of 50, and a "Field of Dreams" edition of 50. This print is number "PP [printer's proof] 1," from the "Field of Dreams" edition. LOA from Field of Dreams. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.


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