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Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the first ever Naismith College Player of the Year Award in 1969, presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. This award, which has been given out annually for the last 50 years, is presented to the nation’s top collegiate player. Kareem, who was known then as Lew Alcindor, was a dominant force for the UCLA Bruins, where he led them to three straight national titles to close out his legendary college career, culminating in the 1969 title. Kareem, who had to sit out his freshman season under the old NCAA rules, led UCLA to a combined record of 88-2 in his three seasons.

Presented here is the very trophy presented to Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) for his outstanding play in 1969. This historic trophy features a 7 ½ x 7 ½ inch wooden base that is 5 inches high. Surrounding all four sides is “NAISMITH” in big block letters on gold plates. On the front of the base is a 2 x 7 inch brown plate attached to a gold plate that reads “PLAYER OF THE YEAR 1969 LEW ALCINDOR UCLA”. On top of the wood base rests a 2 ½ inch diameter medal that has “ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB NAISMITH TROPHY” along the outside and an image of a peach basket in the center. Completing this trophy is a gold faceless basketball player approximately 14 ½ inches tall turned to his left holding a basketball with his left leg slightly off the ground. The significance of this trophy cannot be overstated as this is the original trophy given to Abdul-Jabbar and future winners of this prestigious award after this was awarded to Kareem included Hall of Famers Pete Maravich, Bill Walton, David Thompson, Larry Bird, Ralph Sampson, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and David Robinson. This trophy is in excellent condition and derives directly from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a personally hand-signed LOA from Kareem accompanying this item.

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