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First to Play in NBA, SAVE 50% + win signed basketball

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"... should be on every athletes wall," >> ELGIN BAYLOR, NBA Allstar w/ LA Lakers
"... the most meaningful sports prints ever made," >> AL ATTLES, NBA Allstar & Golden State Warriors
SAVE, SAVE 50% on the #1 MEANINGFUL NBA signed print 

President Obama owns #44. Also at The Basketball Naismith Hall Of Fame... see others below
"Parents could not find a better role model for their children. A perfect gift for anyone who needs inspiration," >> LYNETTE WOODARD, WNBA Allstar and FIRST FEMALE member of the Harlem Globetrotters....  

Great gift for dad, the house, the office, the team, the coach... MORE TESTIMONIALS BELOW...

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African American History... American Sports History!  

A rare and meaningful NBA collectible! Special 70th Anniversary of First NBA game, October 31, 1950. Signed by the first to play!

SAVE 60% while this offer lasts... $30 LESS than on EBAY

WBB buyers only $149.50 (50% WBB saving) +FREE SHIPPING. Reg @299.99

A limited number available at this price.  

BONUS: You receive TEN chances to WIN a RARE, SIGNED basketball ( 1 of only 6 autographed ). See ** below.

This art is autographed by NBA Legend and FIRST African American to play in an NBA game... Hall Of Famer, EARL LLOYD,  the JACKIE ROBINSON of professional basketball. It carries Mr. Lloyd's INSPIRATIONAL WORDS about his life, the league and succeeding with honor.

MAKES A GREAT GIFT for dad, the office, the coach or the team.


>> ALLAN  HOUSTON, NBA Allstar with the NY Knicks... “Earl Lloyd is a man we should all aspire to emulate... I will proudly hang my signed Earl Lloyd  in my home for my children to see, read, and learn from as they grow up.”

>> ELGIN BAYLOR, NBA Allstar with the Los Angeles Lakers ... "Earl is a true cultural pioneer... a real American hero... His beautiful message should on every athletes wall."

>> RON THOMAS, author of They Cleared The Lane ... "This is a deeply touching and historic work of art."

>> MARC SPEARS, sports writer, Boston Globe, now with ESPN ... "A fabulous work of art. Earl Lloyd is African-American history, NBA history and American history."  

>> MYLES BRAND, president, NCAA ... "Your words (on this art) clearly come from deep within your heart and soul... this is on display here at the NCAA national headquarters."

WHO WAS EARL?  A man of many achievements...
•  FIRST African-American to play in an NBA game, October 31, 1950
•  FIRST  NBA scout
•  FIRST  NBA bench coach
•  SECOND NBA head-coach (after Bill Russell). He coached the Pistons.
•  FIRST  to WIN an NBA Championship (with Tucker)
•  a beloved member of The Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame
•  a proud US Army veteran
•  a beloved teacher and mentor to NBA players, anthousands of players in high school and college
•  FIRST executive at Dodge Corporation where he helped to integrate its auto dealerships across America (Odd fact: his boss was actually named "James Crow". )
•  the Jackie Robinson of professional basketball in more ways than one.


>> Lynette WOODARD, WNBA Allstar & first female player on the Harlem Globetrotters
"Parents could not find a better role model for their children. This is a perfect gift for anyone who needs inspiration."

>> SEAN KIRST, Sports columnist Syracuse NY
"Absolutely beautiful."  

A must-own for SERIOUS BASKETBALL LOVERS! Basketball art and life in the ATHLETE'S OWN WORDS. Fully ENGRAVED plus pictures. Historic NBA art.

>  President OBAMA owns #44
>  President Bill CLINTON
>  David STERN — NBA Commissioner
>  NBA offices in NYC
>  Myles Brand — president NCAA
>  NCAA offices, Kansas
>  Zelda SPOELESTRA, NBA offices
>  many NBA Allstar players including...
>  Elgin BAYLOR (Lakers)
>  Dave Bing (Pistons and mayor of Detroit)
>  Dick MCGUIRE (NY Knicks)
>  Bill SHARMAN (LA Lakers)
>  Al ATTLES (Philadelphia & Golden State Warriors)
>  Allan HOUSTON (Knicks)
>  West Virginia State University (Earl's College)
>  IONA College Athletic Department
>  Grambling State University
>  The National Civil Rights Museum
>  The Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame
>  The Library Of Congress in Washington D.C.
>  The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.
>  CBS newsman, the late Walter CRONKITE
>  the late Nelson MANDELA
>  Detroit PISTONS (where Earl played and coached)

Get yours now while originals are still available...


>>   JOHN DOLEVA, president, Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame
"... beautiful artwork and an inspiring tribute to one of the true pioneers of the game. A Hall Of Fame player and a Hall Of Fame person as well."

>> ZELDA SPOELSTRA for David Stern, at NBA headquarters for Commissioner
"The more I look at the Earl Lloyd Handprints, the more it means to me. This is so special!"

>>  ELZIE and Barbara Lewis, Art Collectors, Las Vegas NV
"A stunning presentation. Handprints is treasure. It will forever will be a part of our collection."

>>  LEONARD MECCA, principal Norwalk High School, Norwalk CT, and basketball fan
"I have mine on display for the entire student body to see. Every high school in America should do the same... Mr. Lloyd is like a hidden treasure finally discovered. "

>>  Walter Cronkite, CBS Newman and life-ling basketball fan ... "HANDPRINTS" is an amazing work of art. Mr. Lloyd's essay about his life, the people and players who opened the door for him and helped to change America for the better, is beautiful."                 

>> Edward Finnegan, basketball collector, Brooklyn NY ... "Earl's words of wisdom are inspirational and should be read by every hoops fan and player, young and old. This is the most meaningful sports art I own."  

>> "This is NOT just a signed picture... it is a piece of American history." Peter Featherston, artist.

This limited-edition was created in B/W on purpose because of the times in which he lived. Earl Lloyd, the FIRST African American to Play in a NBA game, signed this limited-edition and wrote the essay on the art. It is INSPIRATIONAL!  In his essay Mr. Lloyd tells the story of the people and players who made a difference in his life and provides insights and lessons for the next generation. His words of wisdom should be read by every hoops fan and player-- young and old.

"Pass your handprints on to someone else."
>> EARL LLOYD  (1928 - 2015)  A gentleman, fierce competitor and NBA pioneer.


SPECIAL LIMITED-TIME 70th Anniversary Offer.

50% WBB Discount and FREE SHIPPING as long as promotion lasts.

WIN a  $3000 BALL BONUS...  All WBB buyers receive one chance to win a $3,000 RARE signed basketball. Drawing is set for Black History Month on 02/28/2021 ... see *** below

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Mr. Lloyd's first game played on October 31, 1950.

* The original art —  a numbered and signed edition size 22" x 15"
* Certificate Of Authenticity and Title
* A picture of Earl Lloyd signing the art
* A picture of Earl Lloyd with the signed basketball
* Copy of Press Release of Earl's presentation of this art at Hall Of Fame
* Buyer receive ONE CHANCE TO WIN a rare signed basketball signed by Earl Lloyd. One of only six ball Earl signed (with date of his first game Oct. 31 1950) that shall be given away o February 28, 2021. 

*** THE $3000 BALL --  It is priceless to us. There were only 6 signed by Mr. Lloyd (see picture). ONLY ONE IS BEING GIVEN AWAY. Two were sold to NBA players and  NONE of the remaining three balls will ever be sold. Two will always stay with the artist (he has two sons who play and love hoops). One is earmarked  for the Naismith Basktball Hall of Fame and one lucky buyer of this art, hopefully you, will win one... no entry fee (anyone can enter to win at BLACKSPORTSART@GMAIL.COM. One entry per email). The drawing is on 02/28/2021. We will notify and ship it out to the winner in March 2021. 

Good luck and I hope it's you.

Witnesses to the agreement and signing were Earl Lloyd, Charlita Lloyd (Earl's wife), Earl's attorney, photographer Wade Payne and artist Peter Featherston (the artist). Earl SIGNED a total of 495 numbered pieces at the La Quinta Hotel in Cookesville, Tennessee  in July, 2007 and at The Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts in September, 2007.

Peter Featherston, of Connecticut, is a basketball fan, x-rec-player and sports lover. He met Mr. Lloyd in 2006 and agreed to create this limited-edition with him. Other clients of his include PGA Legend Byron Nelson, John Updike.

This award winning photograph is of Earl is wearing his Hall Of Fame ring. It was taken by Wade A. Payne of @  www.thePurplelens.com.
Letterpress is a old and timeless method of engraving art by hand, one piece, one color at a time. Earl's art was forged by the foremost letterpress expert in America— Edward Finnegan of Tamarack Press of Brooklyn, New York. His clients include President Ford, historian Shelby Foote and many musicians and entertainers. All text was engraved into heavy Coventry Rag stock and pictures placed accordingly, then signed by Mr. Lloyd.

##  This item does not come framed and WE RECOMMEND that you use UV protective acrylic (ACRYLITE® UV filtering - OP3) it is indistinguishable from glass in a frame. It provides the highest protection and is used by museums around the world. You can find this at affordable rates (including frames, form board and matting) online.


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