After a brilliant collegiate career at Indiana State, Larry Bird starred for the Boston Celtics for 13 years, winning three NBA championships and three Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards. Bird turned the fortunes of the once-dominant Celtics around, turning the then-lackluster team into a perennial championship contender. Bird remains “Larry Legend” in New England today.
Throughout his career, Bird enjoyed a fierce, but ultimately friendly, rivalry with Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson. The clash between the two dated back to the 1979 NCAA championship game in which Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans defeated Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores for the title, and it continued in battle after battle in the NBA Finals.
When it comes to Bird memorabilia, anything with his signature is especially sought after. So are his jerseys, as well as photographs and other items showing him and Johnson together.