Spring Premier Auction 2013
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This is John Havlicek's warm-up jacket and pants from an epic confrontation in the early 1970s between the two professional basketball leagues: the second All-Star battle of the established NBA players against their fledgling rivals from the maverick American Basketball Association. Dubbed "SuperGame II," the game was the rematch following the NBA's 125-120 win the previous year at the Astrodome. This time the game was held at the Nassua Coliseum on Long Island, and Havlicek's topped all scorers with 17 points as the NBA hung on to a 106-104 victory. This stunning blue warm-up jacket and pants are from that epic contest, yet another specimen that has been maintained - like so much of his unprecedented personal collection - in almost perfect condition for more than a half-century. Adding to the unusual nature of the piece, the back of the jacket has Havlicek's nickname "Hondo" in all-caps embroidered white block letters and a huge Havlicek autograph of almost 8 inches in length directly beneath it. Carrying collar tags from Felco New York and gerry Cosby Athletic Outfitters of New York, the Size 44 jacket is remarkably pristine and ,along with pants, are essentially as-issued and problem-free condition, with no alterations of any kind visible and minimal fraying on piping or embroidered letters or numbers. Comes with an LOA from John Havlicek.
Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.