1968- 1969 Connie Hawkins Minnesota Pipers ABA Basketball Original TYPE 1 Photo PSA/DNA

Like Curt Flood in baseball, Connie Hawkins spoke truth to power...and won. The Class of 1992 HOFer had been wrongfully implicated in the 1961 college basketball gambling (point-shaving) scandal, which led to his official expulsion from the University of Iowa and his unofficial blacklisting by the NCAA and NBA. So Hawkins had no choice but to play in the ABL (1961-63 Pittsburgh Rens), then tour with the Harlem Globetrotters (1963-67), and then join the ABA (1967-69 Pittsburgh/Minnesota Pipers). What's more, he made ABA history by leading the 1967-68 Pipers to the first ever ABA championship, winning MVP and Finals MVP plus the ABA scoring crown (26.8 ppg). All the while, from 1966 to 1969, Hawkins pursued his antitrust lawsuit against the NBA, who finally agreed to settle and allowed Hawkins to play for the Phoenix Suns. Type I photos from any stage of Connie's career are seldom seen, but especially from his ABA Pipers stint, making this striking action shot (with the league's iconic tri-colored ball!) quite an important rarity. 

Offered is a TYPE I original photograph that measures 5-3/4" x 8-1/8"

Originates from the SPORT MAGAZINE archives (stamped on back)

Encapsulated Authentic as a TYPE 1 photo by PSA/DNA



Item: 13553

Price: $2,495.00
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1968- 1969 Connie Hawkins Minnesota Pipers ABA Basketball Original TYPE 1 Photo PSA/DNA