Nike Throwback Indiana State Sycamores Larry Bird Jersey, size XL, nicely autographed on the back in black marker by Larry Bird.
The jersey bears Bird’s personal numbered “Larry Bird” hologram from the private autograph session.
Very rarely seen in this nicer quality Nike Jersey.
Signed at a private autograph session.
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from both The Autograph Source (Lifetime Guarantee) and independent third-party authenticator Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).
Larry Bird played for the Indiana State Sycamores in the 1979 NCAA championship game against Magic Johnson and the Michigan State Spartans – a game that is credited with with increasing interest in the NCAA Tournament, which underwent two field expansions in the following decade. Bird and Johnson both turned professional after the 1978–79 college season, and wound up playing for the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, respectively.
The 1979 NCAA championship game was the first encounter in a rivalry that developed as the two continued their careers. The Celtics and Lakers met three times in the NBA Finals during the 1980s, and the pair helped to increase national interest in the NBA. Bird and Johnson helped to create interest in the Final Four and they made today’s NBA.