As he completed his sixth season with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had nothing to prove. At the tender age of 28, his resume read like a fairy tale. To wit: a 79-2 record and three New York City championships at Power Memorial High School; an aggregate 88-2 mark and three NCAA titles at UCLA; and the first and only NBA championship in Bucks team annals. So while he cited that the Midwest “did not fit his cultural needs,” a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers not only sated that desire, but led to five additional NBA titles and, when all was said and done, the most points (38,387) in NBA history. This Los Angeles Lakers home jersey was worn by the legendary 7-foot-2 center as he continued his remarkable scoring clinic at the Forum. The yellow mesh pullover garment features his since-retired (by two teams, mind you) “33” sewn to the front and back in purple-on-white twill, “LAKERS” sewn atop the front number in angled characters and “ABDUL-JABBAR” arched atop the back number in block-style characters. White-and-purple striped stretch ribbed knit lines the collar and arm yokes, while the left front tail is home to a “Tiernan” local manufacturer’s label. Graded A-10 by MEARS, this Hall of Fame gamer exhibits evidence of heavy use and matches exemplars dating from 1980-1985. A pair of Abdul-Jabbar’s game-worn Lakers road shorts accompanies. The elasticized waistband’s interior is home to a “Tiernan” label and a swatch with a chain-stitched “33.” These Abdul-Jabbar attire items are as breathtaking as his patented “Skyhook” and the resultant numbers it produced! Full photo LOA from MEARS.
Accompanying is a Los Angeles Lakers warm-up jacket from the above-mentioned era. The yellow knit zippered garment features two front pockets, a 4-1/2"-wide collar and a team logo embroidered to a white twill plate on the left breast. The collar's interior is home to a "Tiernan" local distributor's label. The all-original Forum apparel item shows light wear and, with lack of numeric and name identifiers, we are unable to attribute it to a specific player.
Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have these shorts independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.