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Laettner Buzzer Beater Jersey on Auction Block; Civil War era Baseball Too

The jersey worn by the player who made perhaps the most famous shot in college basketball history is on the auction block.  Lelands says it has the shirt donned by Christian Laettner of Duke when he hit a turn-around jumper in the 1992 NCAA Regional Final against Kentucky.

Duke 1992 Christian Laettner jerseyLaettner’s shot at the Spectrum in Philadelphia pushed the Blue Devils into the Final Four.  The buzzer beating shot from the free throw line after the senior hauled in a long inbound pass is one of the most iconic pieces of video in sports.

There is a $100,000 reserve on the jersey, which has yet to receive a bid.

The jersey has multiple pin holes from framing, as well as some staining in the reverse tail from having been taped to a mat.

While it’s not shown or mentioned in the auction listing, ESPN says Lelands revealed a notorized letter from the consignor who said Laettner was a close friend who gave him the jersey when the season ended.

The network also said Lelands had photo-matched the jersey to video from the game.

The auction closes January 10.

Meanwhile, Heritage Auctions says its Winter Platinum Night auction in February will include an 1864 Civil War game used baseball with letter of provenance, a Joe Tinker game-used bat, a Sandy Koufax glove, an Elvin Hayes San Diego Rockets inaugural season jersey and game-used World Series bat from Derek Jeter’s rookie season.

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