Dan Issel "Wildcat Legend"
Signed by Dan Issel and artist
A new "Wildcat Legend" tribute print dedicated to one of the most beloved star players in the history of the University of Kentucky mens basketball program. No other player will ever eclipse all the records that Dan Issel set while attending the university. A two- time All-American who led his teams to 3 consecutive SEC championships in the late 1960's, Issel is UK's all-time career points leader with 2,138 - which occurred over just 3 seasons in the Pre-Shot clock & Pre 3-Point-Line era. In addition and equally impressive, Issel is also the school's leading rebounder with 1,078. Issel was coached by Head Coach Aldolph Rupp and assistant Coach Joe B. Hall, two iconic head coaches in UK basketball history. Dan went on to play for the Kentucky Colonels in the ABA and the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. After his legendary professional playing career was over he went on to become the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
Due to his popularity, Issel’s “Art Release Ceremony” will be actually be held TWICE, the first on Wednesday, November 23rd, and the second on Friday, November 25th. Both events will be hosted at Your Frame Of Mind Galleries on the first level of the Rupp Arena/Lexington Center mall in the foodcourt, immediately before the UK game that day (Wednesday’s event is at 11:00 am - 12:30pm, before the 1:00 pm game; Friday’s event is at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, before the 7:00 pm game). Dan and the artist will be on hand to autograph this beautiful new print of him for all fans, regardless if they have tickets for the games or not. Total price of the print will be $45 including both signatures.
Dan is looking forward to seeing the fans again at the events. “I am excited and honored to be a member of the ‘Wildcat Legends’ Fine Art Series,” Issel said. “Having seen and enjoyed the artwork for the previous Honorees, I’m sure these prints will be coveted by our incredible fan base that makes Kentucky basketball so special.”
Featured “Wildcat Legends” from the initial 2 seasons are Mike Pratt, Tony Delk, Kevin Grevey, Jack “Goose” Givens, Kenny Walker, and Coach Joe B. Hall.
“Wildcat Legends” is a collectible series of Fine Art prints from original, individual player paintings by national sports artist and Kentucky native David Bryan Blondell, honoring living UK stars from the 60’s through the 90’s. Each star’s individual art print features a compilation of action poses of him during his time in the Big Blue uniform. Fans may choose to collect any one or all.
Reasonably-priced at $45 signed ($30 unsigned), the 11” X 17” high-quality Limited Edition fine art prints will be numbered and signed by Issel; only 500 commemorative prints of him will be produced.