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The Celtics drafted Indiana State’s Larry Bird as the sixth overall pick in the ’78 NBA Draft, but balked at the team’s offered salary, opting to stay another year in school. When Bird did land in Boston, he immediately breathed life into the sagging franchise, averaging a double-double of 21.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game while adding 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game as the Celtics improved from 29-53 pre-Bird to 61-21 his rookie season.

The sensation from French Lick was the obvious choice for Rookie of the Year and even received 15 first place votes in the MVP voting. This tremendous set of home white Celtics togs were donned by Larry Bird during that monumental rookie season in which he not only established himself as the league’s best newcomer but also single-handedly made the Celtics a first division contender again. The white knit home jersey has “CELTICS” across the front above Bird’s number “33” in green tackle twill. The left front tail has a “Designed and Tailored for the Boston Celtics” Medalist Sand Knit label with an additional size 42 Medalist label below. The arm openings and neck are trimmed in Celtic green and white and the back has “BIRD” above his “33” in green tackle twill.

The matching home white knit shorts have a green waistband with a double stripe of Celtic green down both thighs and leg openings. A Medalist Sand Knit label is sewn inside the waistband with a frayed illegible hangtag and two white strip tags reading “33” and “79” are sewn adjacent. The set shows moderate and consistent game use and displays nicely. A great piece of early Bird history. The uniform set comes with a LOA from MEARS (313547) for the game use and has been graded a perfect A10.

Please note that this lot has a 25% Buyer’s Premium (28% if payment is made using a credit card and/or is not paid within 10 days of invoice). Goldin Auctions will be donating 5% of the winning bid price to The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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