1986 Los Angeles Lakers - Kareem Abdul Jabbar Game-Worn / Used Purple Away Jersey Letter of Provenance
On Tuesday, January 21st, 1986 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar misplaced his Lakers jersey and had to wear a different number for the game.
The Los Angeles Times mentioned it in the recap article of the game due to the Lakers seemingly heroic performance despite several setbacks, "Worthy appeared to be on his way toward 48 in 48 minutes after bagging 17 points in the first quarter. But he needed his rest. Actually, the Lakers didn't need a lot of anything else to knock off the Bulls, but they still had a couple problems to overcome before the game even started.
For one, Somebody stole Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's jersey, so he had to play wearing No. 50 instead of his No. 33. There was no name on the back, but you could figure out who he was by his point production." A photo showing Abdul-Jabbar wearing that #50 in the game was also found in the archives of the Chicago Times from their recap article of the Lakers victory.
The answer to what happened to Abdul-Jabbar's game worn jersey rests here. Indeed, it was not stolen but found by the team's bus driver in the back of the cargo compartment. He kept it for all of these years and it is now offered. It has a worn Tiernan - Glendale, Calif. tag on the front center and all the proper yellow/white script identifiers. Overall shows great wear with loose threading/ruckling on the identifiers.
The jersey will include a signed letter of provenance from the bus driver as well as copies of the aforementioned newspaper articles.
100% Authentic Team, Letter of Provenance
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