Larry Bird 1971 Freshman and 1974 Senior High School Yearbooks (2)

Sold For: $415

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1324

Item Year: 1971

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Two rare Springs Valley High School yearbooks (French Lick, Indiana), dating from 1971 and 1974, respectively, that correspond to Larry Bird's freshman and senior years at the school. These are the first examples of either yearbook that we have ever seen. Their scarcity is no doubt related to their extremely small circulation: both graduating classes had fewer than ninety students and we can't imagine that the print runs for either book were that much greater in number relative to the student-body total for each year. Neither book is signed by Bird, but Bird is pictured several times in each, including on the cover of the senior yearbook. The senior yearbook also dedicates a special page to Bird in the basketball section that makes note of his many honors ("All-Conference, All-Sectional, All-Regional, and All-State) and accomplishments ("Second leading state scorer 30.6; Third leading state rebounder 20.6; and Springs Valley All Time scorer and rebounder"). The senior yearbook is free of any interior signatures and displays light wear to the covers, including a few light stains. In Very Good to Excellent condition. The freshman yearbook features numerous interior inscriptions and also has normal light wear. In Excellent condition. Celebrity high-school yearbooks have become an extremely popular area of collecting in recent years, and these are two of the most seldom-seen examples from the world of basketball. Total: 2 yearbooks. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $415

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