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1961-62 Ted Luckenbill Philadelphia Warriors Game-Used Home Jersey (Possible 100 Point Game Jersey)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $7,050

Ted Luckenbill's NBA career was brief, only two seasons, but his name is still remembered today by virtue of one fortuitous circumstance: Luckenbill was one of the players on the court for the Philadelphia Warriors the night Wilt Chamberlain scored a record 100 points against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962, at Hersheypark Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Offered here is a Philadelphia Warriors home jersey worn by Luckenbill during the 1961-1962 season that very possibly saw action in that historic game. The white dureen jersey is lettered "Phila" on the front and features the number "12" on the front and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on blue tackle twill. The jersey size, number, and year ("42 12 61") are chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag located on the left front tail. A "Pearson" labels sits adjacent to the strip tag. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays heavy wear throughout, including a few light stains. Luckenbill, a six-foot, six-inch forward, was a rookie with the Warriors in the 1961-1962 season and played sparingly. Although he appeared in sixty-seven games, he only averaged six minutes and two points per game. Still, Luckenbill became a part of history on March 2, 1962 when he played three minutes in the game against the Knicks when Chamberlain scored his 100 points in the Warriors 169-147 victory. The reason Luckenbill was in that game had more to do with the Knicks underhanded tactics than his skill. When Chamberlain neared the 100-point plateau the Knicks, who were losing at the time, focused more on keeping Chamberlain under 100 points than winning the game. In an effort to stop Chamberlain from scoring the Knick players began freely fouling any Warrior player except for Chamberlain. That strategy effectively kept the ball out of his hands. In response, Warriors coach Frank McGuire pulled his starting players, with the exception of Chamberlain, and put in his bench players: Luckenbill, Larese, Rucklick, and Conlins. Their instructions were to immediately foul the Knick players, thereby stopping the clock and getting the ball back after their free throws in order to give Chamberlain more opportunities. The farce continued for nearly the final four minutes until Chamberlain finally scored his 100th point at the forty-six second mark. While we cannot state with certainty how many home jerseys each Warriors player was issued for the 1961-1962 season, we would not be surprised to find it was only one, certainly no more than two, given the tough economic times for early NBA teams. Therefore, there is a very high degree of probability that this jersey bore witness to the game's most remarkable scoring feat. At the very least, we cannot imagine the odds being anything less than fifty-fifty. Accompanied by a photo of Luckenbill congratulating Chamberlain on the court at the game (all details of the jersey appear to be a perfect match, although the angle and the quality of the photo do not allow for a certain photo match). Graded A10 by MEARS. In addition to its extraordinary possible additional historical significance, this is a very rare and desirable jersey style. This is the only 1961-1962 Philadelphia Warriors listed in the MEARS census and we have never seen another example. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $7,050

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