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Pete Maravich Game-Worn Warm-Up Jacket New Orleans Jazz Grade 16/20 -COA 100% Authentic Team-Provenance
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RESULT: Pass-GRADE 16/20- Team Sourced.
On June 7, 1974, the New Orleans Jazz were admitted as an expansion franchise into the NBA. The team began its inaugural season in 1974-75 (season). Prior to their season in the team’s first major move, they traded with the Atlanta Hawks for star player Pete Maravich. The team was desperate for an impact player and Maravich was already a legend in the city after playing locally at LSU. The Jazz gave up a bunch of picks for “Pistol”, including two first-round draft picks, three second-round picks, and one third-round pick over the next three years.
They didn’t have much to lose in the deal as “The Pistol” had already enjoyed four outstanding years with Atlanta. They bargained right because being in New Orleans (1974-79) allowed him the opportunity to establish himself as one of the game’s most electrifying players. During that time, he earned one scoring title (1976/1977), two All NBA First Team selections, and two All NBA Second Team selections.
Presented is one of Pete Maravich’s game-worn button snap down warm-up jackets from the early part of his career in New Orleans. It originates directly from a team-source and epitomizes pro-basketball style in the 1970s. The flamboyant scheme, shows a patchwork of color which depicts a basketball on the front in gold, green, purple, and white. The back showcases the Jazz logo bookended by a Superdome motif, which was screened on in gold and white.
The interior tail tagging includes a Medalist Sand-Knit [size] 44. The collar also features his jersey number designation “44” screen printed on a square swatch with zigzag stitching. The number designation tagging in the collar is consistent with exemplars we have seen on the market and in our database.
This warm-up was collected after the New Orleans Jazz moved and was stored by the team source. It has not seen the light of day until now.
It also must be noted, that this particular Superdome style warm-up was made for Maravich in conjunction with the team thinking they were opening their inaugural season in the grand arena. But because of Dome delays, they saved this warm up for their sophomore season. The opening game at the Super Dome occurred on November 5, 1975. Maravich had changed his number in their Sophomore season and according to verified team sources during this era, it is definite that the equipment manager had no need to change the “44” player designator to “7” in Pete’s collar as it was not seen to the public. There was no imminent need to do so.
The jacket also has great game wear. Consistent wear from an entire season (or multiple) can be seen throughout most notable in the area of the collar, with puckering and fraying throughout and one of the exterior white snaps is missing. The back logo also has creasing/cracking from age present.
Maravich subsequently retired in 1980 and in 1987 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Maravich game-used items are extremely rare and coupled with the tremendous provenance and great wear characteristics (a season of use), this is a must-have for any NBA collector.
- Game-Used Auth Status: Pass
- Total Grade: 16/20
- Modifications: 2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
- Condition: 2 = Appears in used condition, laundered
- Tagging: 3 = Tagging present and correct
- Provenance: 2 = Lineage of item directed toward locker room or team.
- Photomatch: 1 = Style Match
- Wear: 6 = Wear with the most use ever seen
Ollie Johnson #35’s warm-up that sold, which provides us with a great example of this same situation occruing with the delay of the Superdome. Super Dome jacket that was designated for the 1974-75 Jazz Inaugural season, Ollie Johnson #35 only played on the JAZZ for the first year and then he departed the team. There is no other player number “35” worn in subsequent years. One would think this is a 2nd year jacket, and in looking at the roster would not find a player wearing #35, except for the 1974-75 season. The designator in the collar is not a “size” designator, but always a player designator. Hence, the JAZZ made jackets for the team with the Superdome logo, in preperation for them playing the stadium in January of 1975. That obviously didn’t happen and they just used the jackets when the stadium opened for the next season.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team
New Orleans Jazz
|Game-Used Auth Status|
2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
2 = Appears in used condition, laundered
3 = Tagging present and correct
2 = Lineage of item directed toward locker room or team.
1 = Style Match
6 = Wear with the most use ever seen