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PETE "PISTOL PETE" MARAVICH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 292473

PETE MARAVICH Handwritten letter on business matters, and illustrating his intensity, signed as "Pistol", matted and framed with three basketball cards to an overall size of 14½x16½ Autograph Letter signed: "Pistol", 1 page, 8x5, matted and framed with three unsigned sports cards to 14½x16½.

Sale Price $1,275.00

Reg. $1,500.00

Condition: fine condition
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PETE MARAVICH
Handwritten letter on business matters, and illustrating his intensity, signed as "Pistol", matted and framed with three basketball cards to an overall size of 14½x16½
Autograph Letter signed: "Pistol", 1 page, 8x5, matted and framed with three unsigned sports cards to 14½x16½. No place, no date. To "Jim", in full: Send me Richard's sketches of the collage on front cover when he finishes. Stay on Wendel's + Larry Butt. Get Ed moving on the condo. Come on, will ya. Just because you can call me from your caddy-don't get lazy. Get well- your puny. It's those fruit shakes-your pants don't fit- Later". "Pistol Pete" Maravich (1947-1988) was an NCAA basketball star at Louisiana State University, setting an NCAA scoring record of 3,667 points, a record which still stands. This record is all the more remarkable because when Maravich played, freshmen were not eligible for the varsity team, and the 3-point shot was not yet permitted. (Maravich's college coach, Dale Brown, has estimated that the player, an outstanding shooting guard, would have averaged 13 three-point baskets per game. As it was, the 3-time All-American averaged 44.2 points per game. Maravich played his first four NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. In 1974 the New Orleans Jazz, an expansion franchise, traded 8 players to the Hawks to bring Maravich back to New Orleans. Maravich led the NBA in scoring in the 1976-1977 season, just prior to his new contract, but the team never had a winning record in New Orleans. While the team developed a fan following in the city, it never had its own stadium, and received little backing from local corporations. In 1979, the team moved to Salt Lake City, somewhat incongruously keeping the name of Jazz. Maravich moved with the team, but leg injuries sustained in 1978 hampered his effectiveness, and he was traded to the Boston Celtics in 1980, helping the Celtics to the playoffs in what proved to be his final season. In 1987, Maravich became one of the youngest players ever enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame. He died while playing a pickup basketball game the next year, stricken by a previously undiagnosed congenital heart condition. Maravich was known for his intense work ethic on and off the court, as shown clearly in this letter: "Get moving ... don't get lazy", advice Pistol Pete always applied to himself. Fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style.

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