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One of the most celebrated high school basketball players ever, Jerry Lucas gained national attention as a 15-year-old playing for Middletown High School in Ohio during the mid-1950s, when the 6'8 budding star made 60% of his shots and dominated the offensive glass. From his seminal days with the Middies comes this rare gem: the only known Lucas high school jersey. It was on Jerry's back during both the 1957 and 1958 seasons, his junior and senior years in high school. The jersey is white with purple trim and features "13" on the front and back. There is a MacGregor size tag along with washing instructions on the front tail, and the jersey exhibits super use while remaining in great condition - a winner all the way, just like the man who wore it! Comes with a detailed LOA from a good friend of Jerry's who received the jersey in the locker room at the conclusion of the 1958 season. The lot also includes multiple photos of Jerry wearing this very jersey. Upon graduation, Lucas went on to star at Ohio State, where he constructed one of the greatest collegiate careers ever, earning Sports Illustrated's 1961 Sportsman of the Year Award. He is still considered to be the greatest Big-10 player of all-time. From then, it was off to the pros, where Lucas played one season for George Steinbrenner's ABL club, the Cleveland Pipers, before switching over to the NBA's Cincinnati Royals, San Francisco Warriors and New York Knicks. This jersey is a genuine treasure from a future Hall of Famer's salad days.
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