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Pete Maravich Game-Worn Jersey New Orleans Jazz 1974-75 #44 First Season COA 100% Authentic Team Grade:16/20Go Back
Winning Bid: $9,663.06
Winning Bid: $9,663.06
Auction ends: August 11, 2019 12:40 AM
Total price with Buyers Premium: $11,595.67
Bids count: 22
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In the summer of 1974, the New Orleans Jazz an expansion franchise was preparing for its first season of competition in the NBA. The Jazz were looking for something or someone to generate excitement among their new basketball fans. With his exciting style of play, Pistol Pete Maravich was seen as the perfect man for the job. Additionally, he was already a celebrity in the state due to accomplishments at LSU. To acquire Maravich, the Jazz traded two players and four draft picks to Atlanta. The expansion team struggled mightily in its first season. Maravich managed to score 21.5 points per game, but shot a career-worst 41.9 percent from the floor. The Jazz posted a 23–59 record, worst in the NBA.
Maravich was a spectacular showman earning one NBA scoring title and played ten seasons in the league with five trips to the NBA All-Star Game. His playground-style moves, circus shots, and behind the back hotdog passes were considered outrageous during his era. But with that style he managed to produce huge numbers, first as the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history and later as a potent force for both the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Jazz.
Presented is a Pistol Pete Maravich game worn purple mesh road jersey (#44). He played for the Jazz between 1974-80. Pistol Pete Maravich game used memorabilia is truly a marquee piece in any collection. In provenance, the jersey is intricately tied to the New Orleans Jazz team right before they moved to Utah.
The front features the Jazz logo and jersey #44 sewn-on in vinyl. This was the first year the Jazz featured this font on their logo. It was simple with a thin “A” in Jazz with the note unique and different. Maravich wore #44 in 1974-75 when this style was used. The condition of the identifiers are solid because they are vinyl showing wear without cracking which is normal.
The back shows heavy wear (creasing) on the #44. The font for the #44 is also the correct size at 7.25″. There is also minor activity where the “Pistol” name on the back would been removed (which was customary for the team to do). The vinyl twill has a loose zig-zag stitch so minor degregation is possible if the name was removed carefully. There is a minimal chance the jersey was never lettered on the back, however the amount of use exhibited dictates otherwise. It stands to reason, that the team also would also have not made this a practice only jersey because of the expense. It’s possible that it could have been used as a 2nd Set during games with the “NOB”. Then, later used in practice with the “NOB” removed, which was common practice in the 1970’s.
A double Sand-Knit tag is sewn in straight stitch on the left front tail. The top is the exclusively tag for New Orleans and the bottom showcases the proper [size] 42. The classic labeling is well worn and original. To highlight the team’s colors, green and yellow ribbing is around the arms and neck openings. Other teams that wore Sand-Knit jerseys in this era like the Bucks, Bulls and Cavs had excessive cracking/puckering on the identifiers as well. Overall, a tremendous fresh-to-market marquee jersey that would help complete a top tier NBA game used collection.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team
New Orleans Jazz
|Game-Used Auth Status|
2 = Appears in used condition, laundered
2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
3 = Team-Owner Account of Item Being Worn
3 = Team Organization, Player Letter
6 = Premium Use for this Type of Jersey Style