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EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LARRY BIRD - HFSID 296679

EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON and LARRY BIRD Matted and framed 22x28 color image of the arch-rivals (and friends) on the court, preparing to battle for a rebound during an NBA Finals match-up Photograph signed: "Larry Bird", "Magic Johnson". Color, 15½x20 Matted and framed to an overall size of 22x28.

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Reg. $700.00

Condition: fine condition
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EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON and LARRY BIRD
Matted and framed 22x28 color image of the arch-rivals (and friends) on the court, preparing to battle for a rebound during an NBA Finals match-up
Photograph signed: "Larry Bird", "Magic Johnson". Color, 15½x20 Matted and framed to an overall size of 22x28. The rivalry began in college, when Larry Bird's Indiana State Sycamores and Magic Johnson's Michigan State faced off in the finals for the NCAA Championship, Johnson's Spartans prevailing in this first meeting. For ten straight years (1980-1989), either Bird's Boston Celtics or Johnson's Lakers made the NBA Finals. For four straight years (1984-1987), the three players dueled for the NBA Championship, each team coming away with two victories. LARRY BIRD, forward of the Celtics, was NBA Rookie of the Year in 1980, Most Valuable Player in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and playoff MVP in 1984 and 1986. In the 1987-1988 season, Bird was the first Boston Celtic ever to record a 40-20 game, with a 42-point, 20-rebound effort. He averaged a career-high 29.9 points that year, falling just five points short of reaching 30 per game. After 897 games Bird retired with 21,791 points (24.3 points per game), along with 8,974 rebounds (10 per game.) and 5,695 assists (6.3 per game). Bird, who announced his retirement on August 18, 1992, was NBA Coach of the Year in 1998 (Indiana Pacers). EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON joined the Los Angeles Lakers, in 1979. The following year, he earned Playoff MVP, an honor he recaptured in 1982 and 1987. He was also the NBA Most Valuable Player in 1987, 1989 and 1990. For the 1986-1987 season, Johnson led the team by scoring over 1900 points and topped the NBA with 977 assists. While leading the Lakers to five Championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988), he became all-time assists leader, with an impressive 9,921. On November 7, 1991, Johnson shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from his 12-year NBA career due to testing positive for HIV. Byrd and Johnson became friends and admirers as their teams battled in the 1980s. At Bird's retirement night in the old Boston Garden, February 3, 1993, Johnson appeared - in a Celtics uniform. Fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style.

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