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Lot # 18: 1926-27 The Original Celtics, "Top Basketball Team in America" Loaded Team Photo

Category: Basketball

Starting Bid: $25.00

Bids: 38 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "January Collectors Auction 2024",
which ran from 12/30/2023 10:00 AM to
1/13/2024 8:00 PM



1926-27 Important photograph of the New York Original Celtics basketball team in uniform and posing after a hard fought game. This was the dominant franchise of early professional basketball and this lineup is an incredible assemblage of Hall of Famers and superstars. The photo includes Davey Banks (early Jewish star) and Hall of Famers Nat Holman, Joe Lapchick, Dutch Dehnert and John Barry. The players are pictured in uniform (two different styles) and the paper caption on the back notes that they had just beaten the Chicago Bruins at the Broadway Armory in front of the largest crowd in professional basketball history. It is impossible to overstate the importance of this early professional basketball photograph as the league was small and images of the events were rarely taken with this being among the greatest to ever surface in the hobby. The photo is from the archives of Underwood and Underwood and will get a Type 1 from PSA for sure. Offered here for the first time ever, this is worthy of a spot in the basketball Hall of Fame or even the most advanced collection in the world! There are two pieces of clear tape on the front that was used to reinforce small rips on the photo and there is some wear from news room use, but it looks better than the technical grade.

Size: 8x10
Designation: Vintage 1
Condition: 1.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Grade: 6.5/10

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