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Wes Unseld 1968 Baltimore Bullets News release and Phil Bisselll Original Animation

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An imposing physical specimen, All-American power forward Wes Unseld caught the eye of famed cartoonist Phil Bissell and eventually, that of the Baltimore Bullets. These vintage hoops artifacts attest to Unseld’s appeal during his days at Louisville. Includes: Original Bissell Artwork framed to 16-3/4 x 17-1/2”, a black-and-white animated sequence portrays the Cardinals “Take Charge Player”; 1968 Baltimore Bullets News Release a 3-page typewritten document detailing the NBA club’s No. 1 selection of Unseld. More on our website.

Original Phil Bissell Artwork framed to 16-3/4 x 17-1/2”, this original animation sequence was composed by cartoonist Phil Bissell (of “Pat Patriot” fame). The images portray Unseld during his University of Louisville endeavor. The piece has editorial markings.

April 18, 1968 Baltimore Bullets News Release a three-page typewritten document detailing the Bullets’ No. 1 selection of Unseld. The first page is on Baltimore Bullets “NEWS RELEASE” letterhead and reads (in part):

Westley Unseld, the No. 1 collegiate draft choice of the Baltimore Bullets, agreed to terms this morning and will play professional basketball for the Bullets of the National Basketball Association.

Unseld, everybody’s All-America selection from the University of Louisville, came to terms (unspecified by the Bullets) earlier today in a meeting with Bullets owners Earl Foreman and Arnold Heft

Early scouting reports of Wes Unseld reported, “Great collage rebounder. Has all the tools to be great rebounder in our league. Excellent jumping ability and range. Great timing and instinct, especially on defensive boards. Great body, hands and gets the ball out on the break as good as anybody, much like Lucas (Jerry Lucas of Cincinnati Royals): One of the strongest college kids I’ve ever seen.

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