Don Barksdale Signed AUTO letter postmarked 1947 GPC Basketball HOF PSA/DNA

Don Barksdale (D 1993) was an American professional basketball player. He was a pioneer as an African-American basketball player, becoming the first to be named NCAA All-American, the first to play on a United States men's Olympic basketball team, and the first to play in an National Basketball Association All-Star Game. After college, he played for the Oakland AAU team until the NBA began to integrate. While playing professional basketball, he started a career in radio broadcasting. In 1948, he became the first black radio disc jockey in the San Francisco Bay area. He also worked in television and owned a beer distributorship. He became the first African-American beer distributor and the first African-American television host in the Bay area with a show called Sepia Review on KRON-TV. In 1951, he signed a lucrative contract with the Baltimore Bullets and entered the NBA as a 28-year-old rookie. He would be one of the first African-Americans to play in the NBA after Nathaniel Clifton, Chuck Cooper, Earl Lloyd and Hank DeZonie had joined the league in 1950. While with the Bullets, he became the first African-American to appear in an NBA All-Star Game, in 1953. Shortly afterward, he was traded to the Boston Celtics. Two years later, his playing career was cut short by ankle injuries.

Offered is a government postcard that has been postmarked from Los Angeles, CA on March 6, 1947 while Barksdale was at UCLA.  UCLA would play in the conference championship the next day at Oregon State in which they lost in Corvalis, OR.

Nice signed handwritten note to a fan in black steel tipped pen.

Encapsulated authentic by PSA/DNA

Item: 13115

Price: $950.00
Don Barksdale Signed AUTO letter postmarked 1947 GPC Basketball HOF PSA/DNA