Christian Laettner's jersey from '92 Kentucky game up for auction
The jersey from the greatest college game ever can be yours ... but it's going to cost you at least six figures.
The shirt identifying the shot is up for sale.
Christian Laettner's No. 32 jersey from the 1992 East Regional final is now on the auction block. On March 28, 1992, at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Laettner took an inbounds pass from Grant Hill with 2.1 seconds remaining in a 103-102 game. He posted up at the foul line, faked one way, went the other, hit a fallaway -- and you know the rest. Linking to the video isn't even required at this point.
The Laettner jersey is near the top of the list in terms of what will sell for the most cheddar at the latest Leland.com auction, which closes on Jan. 10. Other items? A 1947 Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award; a T206 Honus Wagner card; the silver medal awarded to Russia's hockey team in 1980, after the U.S. won in the greatest sports upset in world history; a bat used by Willie Mays in 1955; the earliest known program for Michigan football; a street sign from Ebbets Field; and Gordie Howe's stick and skates from his rookie year, among other items.
The reserve bid for the Laettner jersey starts at a cool $100,000. The Wagner card's floor offer is half a million dollars.
The founder of Lelands.com, Joshua Evans, said it's “one of the best collections of sports memorabilia in the more than 30 years that we’ve been running sports auctions.”
When Laettner hit the shot Duke was the defending national champion, the No. 1 seed in the region taking on a Kentucky team that was fledgling and on its way to being a national power just a few years removed from NCAA sanctions that crippled the program.
The game was won in overtime by Duke, 104-103, after Laettner's attempt sank true. He's famous not only for hitting the shot, but being perfect in the game; the Duke senior went 10-of-10 from the field and 10-of-10 from the foul line, scoring 31 points. Duke went on to win a second straight title, and this game stands out as the most enduring, memorable, classic tilt of that or any other run. It's considered by many to be the greatest college basketball game of all time.
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