Lot # 570: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER'S SIGNED & INSCRIBED 1992 USA OLYMPIC "DREAM TEAM" GAME WORN WARM-UP JACKET & PANTS (LAETTNER COLLECTION)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier Auction 2017",
which ran from 1/4/2017 1:00 PM to
1/21/2017 8:00 PM



From the personal collection of Christian Laettner comes his game-worn warm-up suit from the historic 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Coming off back-to-back NCAA Championship seasons to end his storied college career at Duke, the reigning Naismith College Player of the Year was the only college player selected for USA Basketball's inaugural "Dream Team" of professional superstars. Called "the greatest collection of basketball talent on the planet" by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the unbeatable bunch annihilated each opponent in Barcelona that summer with a 44-point average margin of victory en route to the gold medal. Laettner played in all eight blowout wins and contributed 4.8 points per game. As the youngest member of a team full of Hall of Famers (everyone but him it turned out), the then-22-year-old handled his share of "rookie" duties with pride, and spent much of his time in the offered warm-up jacket and pants.

The navy blue, snap-button and short-sleeved jacket has the USA Basketball logo on the left chest and "LAETTNER" on the upper back in red-on-white tackle twill lettering. The sides and sleeves have a large red stripe with Patriotic-themed piping. Sleeve ends and shirttail have Patriotic elastic trim. Inside the rear collar is the appropriate Champion size 48 manufacturer's tagging with washing instructions. Inside the left inseam is the 100% Nylon materials tag. Laettner has signed the right chest area with the inscriptions "My 1992 Dream Team Warm Up" and "32 Duke  4 Dream Team" in 9/10 silver marker.

The matching navy blue pants have the USA Basketball logo on the right thigh with the Champion logo on the left. Appropriate Champion size 40 manufacturer's tagging with washing instructions is found inside the rear waistband. A little further down is an 100% Nylon materials tag marked with Laettner's uniform No. "4" in black pen. The uniform set displays solid game wear overall with evidence of perspiration and being laundered several times. Only 12 men can ever say they played with the original Dream Team, and only a few (we count three others) have ever relinquished their Olympic warm-ups to the market. A truly special game-used piece from a perennial basketball star best known for his clutch performances at Duke.

Includes LOA from Christian Laettner. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.