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Lot # 940: 1974 & 1976 New York Nets ABA World Championship Banners (2) (Hung In The Nassau Coliseum)

Category: Basketball

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 28 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Classic 2022",
which ran from 2/13/2022 3:00 PM to
3/12/2022 10:00 PM

These banners flew from the rafters of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum to mark the Nets' two ABA championships, the only ones in franchise history. The team began in the ABA as the New Jersey Americans in 1967-68. The next season, the team moved to Long Island and became the New York Nets, by 1971-72 playing home games at the Nassau Coliseum. The team won its two ABA championships in 1973-74 and 1975-76. The star of the league was the Nets' Julius Erving, a 6'6" small forward who was the LeBron James of his era. Erving's acrobatic dunks put the ABA on the map. In 1973-74, Erving, known as "Doctor J", because he operated on his opponents, was the league MVP as he led in PPG (27.4). The team won the league finals, defeating Utah. The Nets won their second ABA Championship in 1975-76, defeating Denver. Again, Erving was the league MVP and led the ABA in PPG (29.3). Two seasons later, the team moved back to New Jersey. These large, attractive banners measure 91.5x140". The banners, white, with red lettering and numbers, include the Nets' logo, and read "New York Nets ABA World Champions" followed by "1973-74" or "1975-76." The enclosed Letter of Authentication is by Grey Flannel Auctions. The team now has a star-studded roster as the Brooklyn Nets, and these banners become great keepsakes of their earlier glory days.

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