LARRY BIRD - EPHEMERA SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: EARVIN "MAGIC" JOHNSON - HFSID 279161
Sale Price $637.50
LARRY BIRD and MAGIC JOHNSON
Both sign a seat back from the Boston Garden.
Ephemera signed: "Larry Bird", "Magic Johnson". 17-inch, orange-painted wooden seat back from the old Boston Garden. Signed in black felt tip on front. Seat also bears a small Larry Bird plaque. Accompanied by letter of authentication. 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 (with Worthy as a teammate beginnning in 1982), 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 in 1980, league 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. On January 29, 1996, he returned to the basketball court, but after a play-off loss to Houston in the first round, Johnson permanently retired. The historic Boston Garden, built in 1928, was home to the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, boxing and wrestling events, rock concerts and other entertainments, as well as political rallies. It was demolished in 1997, Normal wear and minor paint chipping. Overall, fine condition.
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