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Original 1970-72 Pittsburgh Condors Jersey Jacket Logo Patch ABA Basketball RARE
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Original 1970-72 Pittsburgh Condors Jersey Jacket Logo Patch ABA Basketball RARE

The Pittsburgh Pipers were part of the ABA's 1967-68 inaugural season. Led by Hall of Famer Connie Hawkins, the Pipers were a strong team - they earned some hardcore fans and positive local attention as they fought for and won the first ABA Championship. But the next season, team owner Gabe Rubin inexplicably abandoned Pittsburgh and moved his team to Minneapolis, Minnesota (where another inaugural ABA team, the Minnesota Muskies, had already failed due to lack of fan support). The Pipers' move to Minnesota was a disaster in all respects. The fans left behind in Pittsburgh were angry and upset. And, Minneapolis residents cared about the Minnesota Pipers even less than they cared about the Minnesota Muskies - attendance was almost non-existent during the 1968-69 season, and the franchise lost huge amounts of money.

After spending only one season in Minnesota, team owner Gabe Rubin made another inexplicable decision - he moved the team BACK to Pittsburgh. Needless to say, Pittsburgh residents were more than a little annoyed with the situation - many of the team's former fans viewed the ABA as a "mickey mouse" operation, and wanted nothing more to do with the league. The Pipers received terrible press upon their return to the Steel City. Very few season tickets were sold. The Civic Arena was largely empty during the 1969-70 season - not only did the fans hold a grudge against the team, but Hawkins had departed to the NBA. That left the Pipers with little talent. Nobody in Pittsburgh seemed to care about ABA basketball, as the Pipers struggled to a dismal 29-win 5th place finish.

Given this situation, it seemed logical that the Pipers should either fold or move to a new city for the 1970-71 season. But ABA business decisions rarely made sense - especially those made in Pittsburgh. In the spring of 1970, Rubin sold the team to a new corporate owner, Haven Industries, Inc. - the owner of the "Jack Frost" brand of sugar products. While Haven Industries was headquartered in New York City, it still decided to keep the team in Pittsburgh. For some unknown reason, the company believed that Pittsburgh still could support ABA basketball.

Haven Industries immediately got rid of the Pipers nickname. Understandably, it wanted to promote a new image and a new attitude for the team. The team's new front office held a "name the team" contest, open to the general public. The name "Pioneers" was selected as the winning entry, and the man who submitted the name won a $500 cash prize. At this point, things really started to get strange - even by ABA standards. A local NAIA school, Point Park College, was already using the "Pioneers" nickname. In fact, the school's offices were only five blocks from the team's offices. The school threatened immediate legal action against the ABA club if the "Pioneers" name was not dropped. At the same time, a female contestant sued the team, claiming that the winning "Pioneers" entry did not stay within the designated 25-word contest limit. Faced with an alarming amount of litigation over a mere nickname, the team avoided further chaos by dumping the "Pioneers" name and picking its own "safer" alternative - the "Condors." Why "Pittsburgh Condors"? No explanation was ever provided, although the "endangered" status of real condors seemed equally applicable to this franchise.

With the pesky nickname issue finally resolved, the team received a badly-needed infusion of cash from Haven Industries. It seemed that the franchise would finally be able to focus on winning back some Steel City fans.

This is an original jersey patch from the Pittsburgh Condors of the ABA. This beautiful Condors logo measures 12" by 6.5". This patch was sourced from a former employee of Rawlings Sporting Goods who was the manufacturer of many ABA jerseys including those of the Pittsburgh Condors. This was a patch that was intended for usage (stitching) on either the Condors jerseys or Jackets.  This is original and the real deal.  Never used and must have been an extra.


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