Los Angeles Lakers Memorabilia

The word “Showtime” is synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers, but when the basketball franchise was founded in 1947 in Minneapolis, the prospect of Hollywood movie stars sitting courtside could not possibly have been on anybody’s mind. Indeed, the team was named for Minnesota’s lake-strewn landscape; today many young fans mistakenly think it’s a play on “L.A.”

The team’s leader in the early 1950s was center George Mikan, whose 1948 Bowman rookie card is one of the most collected basketball cards in the game. By the end of the ’50s, the team had added Elgin Baylor to its roster. Baylor was named the league’s rookie of the year in 1959 and helped lead his team to the finals against the Boston Celtics, but the Celtics and Bill Russell prevailed.

The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960, with Baylor at forward and Jerry West at guard. They played the hated Celtics in the NBA finals six times that decade, losing in each outing. Finally, after Wilt Chamberlain joined the team in 1968, things began to gel, and by 1972, the Lakers were once again kings of the NBA, winning their first championship since 1954.

Showtime arrived in L.A. in 1979 in the form of Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a guard from Michigan State who had the bulk to play forward, and often did. Johnson was a fast-break shooting machine, ending his career with an average of just under 20 points per game, but he was also a generous player, passing the ball in the blink of an eye for an average of more than 11 assists per game.

At center during the 1980s, when the Lakers won five championships (four under coach Pat Riley), was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whose 7’ 2” height made his trademark skyhook impossible to defend. Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989, and it basically took until 1996 to replace him. That year, the Lakers drafted Shaquille O’Neal as its center, but they also nabbed a 17-year-old named Kobe Bryant, who joined the Lakers straight out of high school.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA

Remember the ABA chronicles the colorful history of the NBA’s short-lived competitor, the American Basketball Ass… [read review or visit site]

Most watched eBay auctions    

2013-14 Panini Innovation Main Exhibit Signatures Kobe Bryant Auto 23/25 LakersMitchell And Ness Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Authentic Jersey Size 44 Nwt2012-13 Panini Flawless Shaquille O'neal Auto Jumbo Logo Patch /15 Lakers Kobe Bryant #24 Signed Los Angeles Lakers Jersey Auto Size M Psa/dna LoaNba Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'neal Champion Authentic JerseyKobe Bryant 2013/14 Panini Crusade Gold On Card Autograph Lakers Auto #1/5 $500Kobe Bryant Signed Autographed Los Angeles Lakers 11x14 Lebron Dunk W/ GaiPanini 2013-14 Flawless Lakers Pat Riley 13/15 PatchNew Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 1972 Adidas Hardwood Swingman Jersey Medium2012-13 Panini Flawless Autograph #24 Kobe Bryant 19/25 Auto Bgs 9 Mint LakersRare ~ Kobe Bryant La Lakers Alternate White & Silver Reebok Sewn Nba Jersey L Lamar Odom Nba Lakers Autograph Game Used Worn Shoes Signed Nike Elite Size 16.5Kobe Bryant 2012-13 Panini Preferred Auto Ps 11/74 Los Angeles LakersKobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Finest Basketball Rookie Rc #74 Psa 10 Gem Mint Lakers1996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Rc Los Angeles Lakers Psa 9 MintJerry West Lakers Ud Basketball Heroes Signed Autographed Framed Uda /500Jerry West Lakers Upper Deck Ud Basketball Heroes Signed Autographed Framed Uda2013-14 Panini National Treasures Nick Young Game-worn Patch Auto 23/25 LakersKobe Bryant 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Auto #17/25 Lakers2007-08 Ultimate Commitment Kobe Bryant Triple Jersey Auto 18/25 LakersEarvin "magic" Johnson Autographed Signed Stats Jersey La Lakers JsaBlack Nike Kobe Bryant Replica Los Angeles Lakers Jersey - Men's Size M2004 Upperdeck Sp Kobe Bryant Auto Authentic Signatures Lakers On Card Autograph2012-13 Panini Immaculate Jersey/patch Kobe Bryant #d 21/75 LakersAuthentic Mitchell And Ness M&n 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers Jerry West Jersey 44Magic Johnson 3/10 On Card Auto Gold Penmanship 2014-15 Panini Paramount LakersPanini 2013-14 Flawless Lakers A.c. Green 07/10 AutoLos Angeles Lakers Game Used Worn Nike Warm Up Jacket Stanislav Medvedenko Auto Kobe Bryant Signed Autographed Los Angeles Lakers 11x14 Celebrating W/ Gai(8) 1996-97 Topps Kobe Bryant Rc Rookie Card Lot #138 LakersJames Worthy 2013-14 Panini Flawless Autograph # Nb-jy #/20 Auto Lakers 14-15 Panini Paramount Robert Horry Lakers Penmanship Auto 16/991996 Topps Chrome #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Rc Los Angeles Lakers Psa 9 MintMagic Johnson #32 Signed Los Angeles Lakers Jersey Auto Size Xl Psa/dna Coa HofSize Xl Psa/dna Coa Los Angeles Lakers #32 Magic Johnson Signed Jersey Auto Hof2010-11 Gold Standard Kobe Bryant Auto #32/49 Lakers Team Usa2014-15 Paramount Rookie Jumbo Jersey Julius Randle 02/25 Patch La LakersKobe Bryant Signed Autographed Los Angeles Lakers 11x14 Reverse Dunk W/ Gai2012-13 Elite Series Court Kings On Card Auto James Worthy Lakers Hof Nice!Kobe Bryant Nike Dream Team Usa White Throwback Lakers Olympics Jersey Sz LMagic Johnson Framed Autographed L.a. Lakers Basketball Jersey, Jsa2012-2013 Preferred Gold #175 Magic Johnson Lakers Auto 06/10 Bgs 8.5 + Bonus!Magic Johnson Lakers Autographed Spalding Official I/o Basketball W/ Showtime1996 Topps Finest Shaquille O'neal Gold Refractor Graded Usa 10. Not Psa Lakers14-15 Panini Paramount Nick Young Lakers Penmanship Auto Blue 14/25Lakers Magic Johnson 2013/14 Exquisite Signature Kicks Shoe Autograph Auto 08/10Mint Authentic Mitchell And Ness Gold Shaq O'neal Lakers Jersey 44 M Ships Free2014-15 Panini Gold Standard 10bx Case Break Topps Pk Los Angeles Lakers2014 Leaf Q Magic Johnson Silver Pure Plastic Auto Autograph On Card Lakers1997-98 Topps Generations Kobe Bryant Refractor - Lakers - Rare!Kobe Bryant Signed Autographed Los Angeles Lakers 11x14 Driving W/ GaiBoston Celtics Larry Bird Vs Lakers Cooper Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto 012013-14 National Treasures Signatures James Worthy Auto Autograph 33/35 LakersMagic Johnson Signed Autographed Custom Lakers Yellow Jersey PsaCeltics Larry Bird Lakers Magic Johnson Signed 8x10 Photo Autograph Auto2007-08 Topps Finest Lakers Kobe Bryant Black Refractor Rare Gem Mint 06/75Kobe Bryant Autograph Los Angeles La Lakers Purple Yellow Nike Jersey Auto !!!!!Magic Johnson #32 Signed Los Angeles Lakers Jersey Auto Size Xl Psa/dna Coa Hof13-14 Panini Prizm Magic Johnson Auto Lakers2012-13 Panini Immaculate Inscriptions Jerry West Auto Autograph #d 6/25 Lakers