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1948-1953 Ray Lumppe New York Knicks Game-Used Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,350
Early basketball jerseys in general are rare, and this extraordinary example is of all the greater significance as it is the earliest New York Knicks jersey listed in the MEARS census. Extremely rare New York Knicks home jersey worn by guard Ray Lumpp during the late 1940s/early 1950s. The white cheesecloth jersey is lettered “New York” on the front and features the number “7” on the front and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue tackle twill. Located on the interior left rear tail are a “Wilson” label, a “40” size tag, and a laundry tag. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays heavy wear, including a few stains on both the front and reverse, and a tear along the base of the front number. This jersey originated in years past directly from Ray Lumpp and is accompanied by a signed letter from him attesting to its provenance. Prior to joining the NBA in the fall of 1948, Ray Lumpp was a member of the United States Men’s Olympic Basketball team that won the gold medal in the 1948 Summer Olympics. He began his NBA career as a member of the Indianapolis Jets before being traded to the Knicks in mid season. Lumpp led the Knicks to four consecutive playoff appearances and two NBA finals between the years 1949 and 1952. He retired at the end of the 1953 season. Graded A6 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with a total of 3 points deducted for the stains on the front and reverse, and an additional point deducted for the tear on the front number). As noted previously, this is a particularly rare jersey style, and is the earliest New York Knicks jersey in private hands ever documented by MEARS. The NBA began play in 1946 and any and all game-used garments from the League’s first few years are virtually nonexistent and highly prized by collectors. The fact that this jersey was originally obtained directly from Lumpp and is accompanied by a letter directly from him gives it an ideal provenance that is rarely seen with such a rare and early jersey style. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,350
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