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George Mikan was basketball's first marquee player. Nicknamed "Mr. Basketball," he led his team, the Minneapolis Lakers, to five championships in six years and led the league in scoring on three separate occasions. He retired as basketball's career-scoring leader. Mikan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 and returned to the game as the start-up ABA's first commissioner in 1967. He was named to the 25th and 35th NBA Anniversary Teams and was elected one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.

Mikan's 1948 Bowman rookie card is a timeless example from basketball's first superstar. The image of him dribbling the ball with a look of pure determination on his face is the most recognizable image of the hoops legend. Offered here is a PSA/DNA Type 1 photograph of the shot that was used for Mikan's 1948 Bowman rookie. The Sporting News featured the shot for many years in its NBA Register. Mikan wears a number "21" jersey here rather than his signature 99, meaning the shot was taken soon after his arrival from the Chicago American Gears in 1947.

To make this historic photo even more signifcant, Mikan signed the photo in blue ballpoint pen across his Lakers uniform. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA Type 1.

Important C. 1948 George Mikan Autographed Original Photograph Used for 1948 Bowman Rookie - PSA/DNA Type 1 - Pop of Two Only!
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