The offered hoops apparel represents equal parts anticipation, promise and tragedy. Worn as his star was ascending to dizzying heights, this Len Bias University of Maryland game-worn warm-up jacket conjures up memories of ACC greatness and thoughts of what could have been. To the delight of Terrapin fans everywhere, Bias thwarted ACC opponents who were no match for his physical stature and athletic ability. Impressed, as well, was Boston Celtics President Red Auerbach, who watched and waited for three years before plucking the "can't miss" phenom as the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft. Under the watchful eyes of fans and many potential suitors, Bias wore this red button-down garment during the 1985-86 campaign in College Park, MD. Tailored from red dazzle cloth, this long-sleeved jacket is accented by white arm and sleeve trim while stretch knit lines the collar, waistline and sleeve endings. Swiss-embroidered chest logos adorn both the left breast ("LEN BIAS - 34") and right breast (3" "M" logo with "MARYLAND" underscore). Arched atop the back in 4" white twill, "MARYLAND" is sewn with tight zigzag affixing. Within the collar, a "Nike" size "XL" tag is accompanied by a fabric content flap with a pen code. The item shows solid wear and is missing one of its (snap) button receptacles. Sourced from the Bias family, this is a simultaneously wonderful and chilling reminder of a tremendous athlete, and would-be suitors, whose boundless hopes were dashed much too soon. Comes with a 2006 LOA from a different auction company. Additional details available on our website.
This lot comes with a Lou Lampson LOA from the April 2006 Heritage Auction.