Pete Maravich Game-Worn Warm-Up Jacket & Pants Jazz COA 100% Authentic Grade: 19/20
Winning Bid: $3,993.00
Winning Bid: $3,993.00
Auction ends: May 18, 2019 11:40 PM
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The New Orleans Jazz were officially a NBA franchise on June 7, 1974 as an expansion team. Prior to their inaugural season (1974-75), they traded for Pete Maravich who was an impact star player with the Atlanta Hawks. The legend of “Pistol” had already echoed through the city prior to the trade as he was a local LSU alumni. The Jazz gave up a few picks for “Pistol”, including two first-round draft picks, three second-round picks, and one third-round pick over the next three years.
There wasn’t much to lose in the deal as “The Pistol” had already enjoyed four outstanding years with Atlanta. Being in New Orleans (1974-79) allowed Maravich the opportunity to establish himself as one of the game’s most electrifying players. With the Jazz, he earned an impressive list of accomplishments including one scoring title (1976/1977), two All NBA First Team selections, and two All NBA Second Team selections.
Game-Used Auth Status: Pass
Total Grade: 19/20
Modifications: 2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
Photomatch: 3 = Team-Owner Account of Item Being Worn
Provenance: 2 = Lineage of item directed toward locker room or team.
Wear: 6 = Premium Use for this Type of Jersey Style
Tagging: 4 = Positive direct match on all tags
Condition: 2 = Appears in used condition, laundered
Presented is Pete Maravich’s game-worn six button snap down warm-up jackets from the early part of his career in New Orleans. The purple cheese cloth fabric jacket originates directly from a team-source and epitomizes pro-basketball style in the 1970s. The flamboyant scheme, shows the Jazz note logo sewn on vinyl the chest with a decorated basketball on the front in gold, green, purple, and white. The sleeves are also decked out in embedded yellow and green striping. The Jazz wore these warm-ups in ’74/’75, ’75/’76 and ’76/’77.
The collar tagging includes a dual Medalist Sand-Knit and New Orleans Jazz exclusivity [size] 46. The collar also features Marivich’s jersey number designation “7” 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.
The “7” designation also indicates it was most likely worn by also Toby Kimball in 1974-75. He only played a handful of games. It is with high probability that the garment was worn by both Kimball and definitely by Maravich. Kimball was only with the club briefly in ’74/’75 and his size was similar to Pistol. One thing is for sure, in the 1960’s and ’70’s teams recycled warm-ups for 2-4 years if the style remained the same. This was a common practice. So even if the jacket was made originally for Kimball and used by him, it would have continued forward for use in ’75/’76 and ’76/’77 by the more famous “7” (Maravich). Thus, we have his warm-up with at least two years of use.
Remember, “Pistol” switched to “7” for that ’75/’76 season and he would have worn it after he switched over to his new number. Based on the information we obtained from our source, we believe this to be Pete’s exclusive jacket made for the ’75/’76 season and more than likely worn over into “76/”77. As you can see, the nameplate on the verso was removed. This was customary in the constant change-in, change-out format equipment managers used especially on the road. The proper velcro fasteners still reside on the upper location.
As for the warm-up pants included in this lovely ensemble, they are fashionably designed and have great eye appeal. “NEW ORLEANS” is sewn in white down the left pant leg. The “bell style” pants shows great wear throughout with cracking on the identifiers. The inner waistband showcases dual Sand Knit [size] 38 and Jazz exclusivity. The computer generated swatch features a “7” affixed. All are correct and original. Both Maravich and Kimball had wide hips and these warm-up pants have tremendous elasticity in the waistband. They are perfect for either player in the waist however, the 35-36 inseam favors Maravich. At 6’5″ he had long legs but not as long as Kimball’s who was slightly taller at 6’8″-6’9″. Because of the inseam (and our source), we are confident that these pants were made for Maravich in ’75-’76 and we qualify them as being game-worn by Maravich along with the warm-up jacket.
The snazzy warm-up it its entirety shows consistent wear from an entire season (or multiple) throughout. It was collected after the New Orleans Jazz moved and was stored by the team source. It has never been offered until now and is ready for display in a top tier NBA collection.
Authentication: 100% Authentic Team
New Orleans Jazz
|Game-Used Auth Status||
2 = 2 or more modifications or attributes designed for/by player
3 = Team-Owner Account of Item Being Worn
2 = Lineage of item directed toward locker room or team.
6 = Premium Use for this Type of Jersey Style
4 = Positive direct match on all tags
2 = Appears in used condition, laundered