Lot # 574: CHRISTIAN LAETTNER'S SIGNED & INSCRIBED 1997 NBA ALL-STAR GAME WORN ATLANTA HAWKS UNIFORM - HIS ONLY ALL-STAR APPEARANCE (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 this game-worn jersey from his one and only NBA All-Star appearance in 1997. The Duke basketball legend and famed 1992 Olympic Dream Team member was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1992 and spent five seasons in the Land of 10,000 Lakes before being traded to the Atlanta Hawks in 1996. He averaged 18.1 points and a career-high 8.8 rebounds per contest in his first full season with the Hawks in '96-97 to earn the All-Star nod in Cleveland. Laettner scored seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 24 minutes of action to help the Eastern Conference knock off the West, 132-120.

Laettner and Mutombo were the only Hawks on the East quad, and both sported their team's home white uniforms for the game. Their jerseys were the only ones with the '97 All-Star patch sewn above the left chest and gold NBA logo above the right chest; everyone else had those patches reversed. (See Getty 56634480 for the team photo.) Laettner's white mesh jersey has a large Hawks logo screen-printed across the front with black, gold and red trim around the neck and armpits. "HAWKS" on the front, "LAETTNER" on the upper back, and his No. "32" front and back all come in red-on-gold tackle twill. On the front left tail is the appropriate Champion size 52 manufacturer's tagging with washing instructions. Adjacent is a "Designed & Tailored 96 97 Exclusively for ATLANTA HAWKS" and 3” EXTRA BODY LENGTH label. Inside the left inseam is the 100% Polyester materials tag. Laettner has signed the right chest area with the inscriptions "32" and "97 ALL-STAR game" in 9/10 black marker.

The matching white mesh shorts have the red Hawks design down the left side with No. "32" in white with gold and black outline. The gold NBA logo is opposite side on the right leg. Appropriate Champion size 44 manufacturer's tagging with washing instructions is found inside the rear waistband. Adjacent is a label reading "Designed & Tailored Exclusively for ATLANTA HAWKS" and "RISE +2  INSEAM +2". Inside is a 100% Polyester materials tag and "1996-97' year tag. The uniform set displays appropriate game wear with fraying on the interior. One-of-a-kind piece from a perennial basketball star best known for his clutch performances at Duke. Laettner played 13 NBA seasons with six teams and finished with career averages of 12.8 points and 6.7 rebounds.

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