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Lot # 14: 1936 James Naismith, "Basketball Inventor Christens First Olympic Basketball Event" Important Photo

Category: Basketball

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 20 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Fall Collectors Auction 2023",
which ran from 10/15/2023 2:00 PM to
11/4/2023 8:00 PM

James Naismith was the inventor of basketball and his contributions to the game in it's infancy can not be overstated. What is often lost in his story is his continued involvement in spreading his game to world, especially in today's International NBA. The first real step in bringing basketball to the world was by making it an Olympic sport (which happened in 1936) in which the Americans sent a squad to Germany to compete. Today, no sport is as popular worldwide as basketball (save soccer) and it all started right here as James Naismith himself christens the first Olympic basketball trials in New York City. Before there was the "Dream Team", or international stars like Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic, there was James Naismith standing at a microphone talking about using the Olympics to spread his game! An important image, this is the only photograph showing Naismith in relation to the first Olympic Basketball events we have ever seen. One of the most historically significant pieces of sports photography we have ever seen and it is being offered here for the first time ever, issued by Acme and stamped on the back with a full paper caption as well.

Size: 6x8
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 4.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 9.5/10

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