Late 1960s Stephen Vacendak Pitt/Minn/Pitt Pipers Inaugural Season ABA Worn Road Fleece Warm-Up Jacket
On the inside right front is the "Rawlings" manufacturers size 44 tag. Adjacent to that is an additional manufacturers tag with wash instructions. On the left breast is the official "Pipers" logo patch. On the right breast is the official "ABA Champions 1967 1968" patch, which was added to the jacket after their inaugural season. On the back of the jacket is "PITTSBURGH PIPERS" in orange on white tackle twill which was at one time covered up by a “MINNESOTA” plate and then removed when the team re-relocated back to Pittsburgh. On the left sleeve is the player number "22" in orange tackle twill, which was Vacendak’s uniform number in 1968-69. Due to the ABA’s lack of funding it is probable that more than one player wore this jacket during its tenure. The jacket shows excellent wear and besides the aforementioned appears to have no alterations of any kind. This lot is accompanied by a LOA from Al Trautwig.
Notes: Years of existence: 1967-68 Pittsburgh Pipers, 1968-69 Minnesota Pipers, 1969-70 Pittsburgh Pipers. Colors: Orange and Blue. Home Arenas: 1967-68 & 1969-70: Pittsburgh Civic Arena (12,000), 1968-69: Metropolitan Sports Center (15,500), 1968-69: Duluth Arena Auditorium (6,919). Coaches: 1967-68: Vince Cazzetta, 1968-69: Jim Harding, Vern Mikkelsen & Verl Young, 1969-70: John Clark & Buddy Jeanette.