'66 '67 NY Knicks Basketball Team Coach Autographed Willis Reed Cazzie Russell Walt Bellamy
'66 '67 NY Knicks Autographed Basketball with Team, Head Coach and Trainer. This vintage basketball is from personal collection. I have had it for a few decades and coming from upstate NY it was quite a find for a fan like me. I have been watching the NY Knicks my entire life. My wife and I would take Madison Square Garden weekend trips and sit courtside a few times a year to watch them play. We saw all of Linsanity and enjoyed the years with Marbury, Nate Robinson and JR Smith. After Melo came aboard we tried .... but it changed for us. This ball was acquired at a yard sale in upstate NY. An elderly gentleman and his wife were having a sale outside of Madison Boukville NY and we got to talking about the Knicks. He went in and came out with this ball. I was speechless to even see it. I mean it has Cazzie Russell, Walt Bellamy and Willis Reed on it... as I was packing my yard sale purchases in the van my wife came back with the ball!! I still don't know how she did it but he sold it to her and it has been kind of a joke sitting in our manicured house on my dresser. Now a Floridian for a few years, this ball belongs in New York with a Knicks fan.
The autographs on the ball are as follows:
Walt Bellamy Willis Reed Emmette Bryant Dick Van Ardsdale Cazzie Russell Freddie Crawford Henry Akin Howard Komives Dave Deutsch Neil Johnson Wayne Mollis
Dick McGuire - Head Coach 65-67 Bill Norris - Athletic Trainer
It needs some air (and it does hold air) I just haven't filled it since our move from up North. The signatures are readable but the flash makes the close-ups look more washed out. If you look at the pics of the ball in the first and 2nd pics you can see what I mean - the signatures are dark enough to be easily read.