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Lot # 986: 1965 Lew Alcindor UCLA Debut Ticket Stub PSA VG-EX 4

Starting Bid: $300.00

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

Presented is the ticket stub to one of the most memorable contests in UCLA basketball history, a basketball game on the UCLA campus on November 27, 1965, and yet this memorable game was an exhibition game between the UCLA varsity and the freshman team. What a night! UCLA had formerly played its most of its home games at the university's Men's Gym, which seated merely 2,400 and because it was as much a gym as an arena, known without particular affection as "B.O. Barn." Now. on this November night, the Bruins would be playing in the first basketball game at Pauley Pavillion, the long-awaited gorgeous campus court, seating 12,829. A near capacity crowd of 12,051 came to experience the new arena, and to celebrate a night dedicated to Johnny Wooden, the UCLA coach who had led the Bruins to NCAA National Championships in the previous two seasons. Another reason for the turnout was to get a glimpse at the center on the UCLA freshman baseball team, Lew Alcindor (before he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In the game, the freshman team dominated the varsity, winning 75-60. Alcindor was unstoppable, scoring 31 points and adding 21 rebounds. This was in the days when freshmen were not eligible for varsity play. The basketball world saw from this game just how great a player the future Abdul-Jabbar already was. As a United Press Interational article stated, "UCLA's Bruins opened defense of their national basketball title this week, but they're only the second-best team on campus." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would go on to lead UCLA to three straight NCAA Championships. The ticket stub is PSA encapsulated and graded as VG-EX 4. Kareem would go on to become the NBA's leading all-time scorer with 38,387 points, win six MVP Awards, and take six NBA Championships. This ticket stub marks a key moment in the Hall of Famer's legendary career. Pop 2 with three graded higher.

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