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The NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph 1/1 Players Edition. Excellent Condition! The NBA 50 Greatest Players signed lithograph is universally regarded as the premier signed basketball piece ever created. Offered here is the very lithograph issued to Nate Tiny" Archibald in commemoration of his selection as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players. Hand numbered "Archibald 1/1" in pencil in the lower left corner. This is only the second player-issued NBA 50 Greatest Players signed lithograph we have ever seen offered at public auction. The production of this piece was one of the most ambitious signing projects in the history of sports. In conjunction with the NBA's 50th Anniversary in 1996, the NBA named its 50 greatest players. 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 All-Star festivities. A magnificent creation was unveiled during that event: a series of limited-edition lithographs (25 x 39 inches). 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 under the supervision of the National Basketball Association as a special keepsake and tribute to the selection of the sport's greatest stars of all time. Each player was requested to neatly sign the litho in pencil beneath his respective image. 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 league officials. The remaining very limited number of fully signed pieces were offered to the public in 1997 at $25,000 per print. They immediately sold out. Of the few individual 1/1 Players Edition litho's made available to the public, some have sold for well in excess of $100,000. While a few of these hardcourt icons have passed since the 1996 signing (notably Chamberlain, Mikan and DeBusschere), only the tragic early death of Pete Maravich kept this piece from being signed by the full contingent of fifty in 1996. The full list of signers: George Mikan, Oscar Robertson, Elvin Hayes, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Willis Reed, John Stockton, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens, Walt Frazier, John Havlicek, Charles Barkley, Elgin Baylor, Nate Thurmond, Hal Greer, Clyde Drexler, Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Arizin, Jerry Lucas, George Gervin, Larry Bird, Scottie Pippen, Jerry West, Dolph Schayes, Dave DeBusschere, Shaq O'Neal, Moses Malone, Earl Monroe, Dave Bing, Bob Cousy, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Bill Cunningham, Wes Unseld, Kevin McHale, Michael Jordan, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, Bob Pettit, Nate Archibald, Bill Walton, Isiah Thomas, Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone, James Worthy, Robert Parrish, and David Robinson. Bringing the autograph total to an even fifty is commissioner Daniel Stern, who signs just below the imprinted NBA logo at lower right. The lithograph is in its original unframed state, with all of the pencil signatures grading "9" or "10." This is an extraordinary example of what is easily the most significant lithograph series ever created in any sport and an enduring tribute to basketball history that will never be duplicated. Thank you for viewing this lot! We are always adding new inventory and new auctions, so please check back often. We appreciate your business and support. Enjoy the auction! SAA - Seized Assets Auctioneers."

The NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph 1/1 Players Edition

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You are bidding on the following lot: The NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph 1/1 Players Edition. This is a valuable piece of memorabilia that can be cherished for many years to come. This wonderful piece of history is actually autographed by this icon(s) and comes complete with a certificate of authenticity.

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The NBA 50 Greatest Players Signed Lithograph 1/1 Playe

Auction ended on Mon, May 28, 2012
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