2017 October Legends Closing November 11
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     Drafted number one overall by the second year Milwaukee Bucks in 1969, Lew Alcindor instantly catapulted the Bucks to title contenders. With the addition of Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson the following season, Alcindor and the Bucks won the NBA title. Shortly after winning the NBA title, Alcindor officially changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after converting to Islam in 1968 while still at UCLA.

     Before the start of the 1974-75 season, Jabbar requested to be traded to either New York or Los Angeles, citing that the Midwest did not fit his cultural needs. Ultimately, he was traded to the Lakers in 1975 and began a stretch in 1980 that saw him and the “Showtime” Lakers, with the arrival of Magic Johnson, win five NBA titles. Kareem’s unstoppable “skyhook” shot and defensive presence saw the Lakers reach the finals nine times in the 1980s. After his retirement in 1989, Jabbar was the all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), blocked shots (3,189), defensive rebounds (9,394), career wins (1,074) and personal fouls (4,657).

     Offered is this yellow mesh Los Angeles Lakers home jersey worn by Jabbar during the period of 1980-1985. This jersey has “LAKERS” sewn on the upper chest in purple and white tackle twill with Jabbar’s number “33” sewn on below in purple and white shadow tackle twill. The neck and sleeve openings have white/purple/white band. The back of the jersey has “ABDUL-JABBAR” sewn on in purple and white tackle twill with his number “33” sewn on in the same color pattern. The jersey was manufactured by Tiernan of Glendale, California. Tiernan was the official jersey supplier for the Lakers from 1975-1985. Kareem twice-signed his name on the white area of the right “3” on the front of the jersey in blue marker and on the back of the jersey on the right “3”, also in blue marker. The jersey shows light use and there are light marks on the purple portions of each number “3”. This jersey comes with a full LOA from Mears, who have graded this jersey an A5 rating. It also comes with a full LOA from JSA (Z45711) for the signatures.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,592.50
Number Bids: 29
Auction closed on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
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