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SOLD ! NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph AP – COA JSA
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The NBA may be the youngest of the big three sports, but that hasn’t stopped the league from registering some unforgettable moments. In 1996-97 the NBA celebrated its 50th Anniversary and honored the 50 greatest players ever to lace up sneakers. Remarkably, 49 of the 50 players selected were alive and present (only Pete Maravich was deceased at the time) when they were honored as part of the 1996-1997 NBA All-Star Game festivities. An artistic creation was unveiled during that event in the form of a series of limited edition lithographs measuring 39” wide by 25” high.
The edition was limited to 250 individually numbered pieces, with the first 50 going directly to the players. Some of the remaining 200 signed prints (100 “NBA Edition,” 50 “Legends Edition,” and 50 “Field of Dreams Edition”) were distributed to NBA officials. This one is special “Field of Dreams Artist’s Proof Edition” example is numbered “AP17.” A total of 30 of these Artist Proof versions were produced by Field of Dreams.
These incredible pieces, printed on the highest quality acid-free paper and bearing the likeness of each of the 50 greatest players as selected by the NBA, were created as a special keepsake and tribute to the selection of the sport’s greatest stars of all time. Each player neatly signed the litho in pencil beneath his respective image. This unique NBA-sponsored project represents the most highly regarded, desirable, and important signed sports art print ever conceived.
Signers include: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, Paul Arizin, Charles Barkley, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Dave Bing, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, Billy Cunningham, Dave DeBusschere, Clyde Drexler, Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, George Gervin, Hal Greer, John Havlicek , Elvin Hayes, Magic Johnson, Sam Jones, Michael Jordan, Jerry Lucas, Karl Malone, Moses Malone, Kevin McHale, George Mikan, Earl Monroe, Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwan, Robert Parish, Bob Pettit, Scottie Pippen, Willis Reed, Oscar Robinson, Bill Russell, Dolph Schayes, Bill Sharman, John Stockton, Isiah Thomas, Nate Thurmond, Wes Unseld, Bill Walton, Jerry West, Lenny Wilkins, and James Worthy. Pete Maravich is pictured, but is the only member who did not sign.
It was matted and framed to museum standards and overall it measures 36” wide by 35.5” high.
Authentication: JSA Full Letter
Please note, all displays are sold as is without warranty to the condition of the frame.