Photo Courtesy of Icon Art ImagesSports fans now have the chance to own the ultimate piece of NBA memorabilia. “Legends of Basketball — We Made This Game” is a commemorative collage featuring 61 of the greatest players to ever grace the court. Icons like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, along with some of the newest all-stars like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, have all come together on this 40” x 60” piece of history.
In 1997, to honor of the NBA’s 50th anniversary, a lithograph was produced in collaboration with Icon Art Images showcasing the league’s 50 greatest players. This new project is a follow-up to that effort and includes the league’s current luminaries.
What makes this piece so coveted are the autographs of each high-profile player under a photo of them in action. Artist Erika King brought the “Legends of Basketball” to life with her colorful collage work, which she has been creating for people in the entertainment, sports and corporate industries for years. For their participation, each of the NBA superstars receives a collage of their own.
The original lithograph retailed at $25,000 when it came on the market 16 years ago, but has since been sold for $75,000 at the NBA Store in NYC and $100,000 at the Field of Dreams store at the Ceasar’s Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas. Benefiting from the sales is The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA). The non-profit assists players with the transition into retirement, and puts on charitable events to help young kids and their communities.
If you’d like to find out how much it will cost to get your hands on your own “Legends of Basketball — We Made This Game,” call (305)606-5157. In the meantime, check out this video featuring Miami Heats Dwyane Wade talk about his very own art piece.