Lot # 551: John Wooden UCLA Authentic Staff Worn Sand Knit Sweater (1981-1984)-MEARS LOA

Category: Memorabilia

Starting Bid: $10,000.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2017 Holy Grail Rarities Auction",
which ran from 4/21/2017 4:00 PM to
5/6/2017 7:00 PM

(LOT 551)
John Wooden UCLA Authentic Staff Worn Sand Knit Sweater (1981-1984)-MEARS LOA

Memory Lane, Inc. is proud to offer one of the most iconic and most recognized pieces of Sports Memorabilia in the history of our hobby. John Wooden's UCLA Staff Worn Sweater authenticated by the leading Game Worn authentication company, MEARS AUTHENTICATION. Obtained by our consignor as a gift from John Wooden's grandson Greg Wooden. Our consignor had dated Greg Wooden for 7 months or so and as a gift, Greg gave her this sweater many years ago which she is now ready to pass on to the advanced UCLA John Wooden basketball collector who will cherish it as much as she did.

Accompanying this John Wooden UCLA Staff Worn Sweater will be a letter of provenance from our consignor as well as a testimonial video which you can see online that depicts the history of this John Wooden UCLA Staff Sweater. John Robert Wooden, nicknamed "The Wizard Of Westwood" was one of the most revered coaches in the history of sports. Breaking records were his strong point. He won 10 NCAA championships for the UCLA Bruins with 7 of them being IN A ROW! No other team has come close. No other team has won more than 2 in a row. His team also won 88 games in a row, which no other team has been able to beat. Wooden was named National Coach Of The Year 6 times!

As a 5'10" guard, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times, and the 1932 Purdue team on which he played as a senior was retroactively recognized as the pre-NCAA Tournament national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. Wooden was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player (1960) and as a coach (1973), the first person ever enshrined in both categories. Lenny Wilkens, Bill Sharman and Tommy Heinsohn are the only other basketball personalities who have since been accorded the same honors. Wooden was beloved by his former players, among them Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Bill Walton. Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his "Pyramid of Success". These often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.

Wooden's prolific coaching career and overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim has created a legacy of great interest in not only sports, but in business, personal success, and organizational leadership as well. This man had the winning touch but what stood out even more were his demeanor and the way he affected people. He cared so much about the game of basketball but even more, cared about each and every kid playing the game. He came up with clever quotes, warm messages and a positive mental attitude. Authenticated by the premiere Game Worn authentication company in the business, MEARS AUTHENTICATION. Deemed "AUTHENTIC", this Staff Worn Sweater is a must for the UCLA collector, Basketball Hall Of Fame collector or just the collector that loves everything basketball.

MIN BID $10,000

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