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Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Auction a Slam Dunk for Hoops Collectors

by Special to WorthPoint (08/29/13).

This 1960 U.S.A. Basketball Olympic Gold Medal, belong to Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas, is among the 140-some items to be had at the Grey Flannel’s Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Auction, slated for Sept. 7. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Each year, basketball’s finest gather in Springfield, Mass., to honor the hardcourt superstars chosen for Basketball Hall of Fame induction. Together with the enshrinement and reunion dinner, there’s another exciting event that has become a tradition during the high-spirited weekend of honors: Grey Flannel’s Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Auction.

This year’s Induction Auction on Sept. 7—Grey Flannel’s eighth such event to date—includes 143 lots of the finest basketball treasures ever assembled at auction. Each lot offered in the sale will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lots 1–17 presented in this auction are consigned directly by NBA Hall of Famer and Top 50 great Jerry Lucas, one of the most honored and accomplished basketball players in the history of the game. Lucas is one of only three players in history to win championships at every level (high school, college, NBA, Olympics).

The superstar of the auction is his 1960 USA Olympic Basketball Gold Medal—as well as his 1960 USA Olympic Basketball game-used jersey worn en route to that medal—his 1973 New York Knicks World Championship ring, his Ohio State Championship ring and his 1979 Hall of Fame Inductee ring.

Rare, game-used jerseys worn by Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain are also two of the lots featured in this year’s auction. Robertson’s Cincinnati Royals road jersey comes from one of his mind-boggling triple-double seasons; another highlight is Chamberlain’s white San Francisco home jersey. Both are accompanied by letters of authenticity from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Also being offered is a rare and unique opportunity to rub elbows with either of two college basketball coaches who are still enhancing their Hall of Fame resumes: Syracuse University’s Jim Boeheim and University of North Carolina’s Roy Williams. The VIP auction package includes the following benefits: Two (2) game tickets to a Syracuse Orange or North Carolina Tar Heel home game during the 2013-14 basketball season, priority seating at the game behind the bench, attendance at the press conference following the game, and attendance at a team practice which will take place the day before the game. 

The first 17 lots that will come up for big were consigned by Lucas himself. Among them is his 1973 New York Knicks World Championship ring. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)

There is also a unique and rare opportunity to be a part of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. The VIP package contains: Two (2) tickets to the NBA All-Star Game press conference prior to the game itself, where the nominees for the 2014 Hall of Fame Class are officially announced; two (2) tickets to a private brunch with HoFers held prior to the official announcement, two (2) priority seats to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest held at New Orleans Arena on Feb. 15, 2014; two (2) priority seats to the 63rd edition of the NBA All-Star Game held on Feb. 16, 2014 at New Orleans Arena in Louisiana, and two (2) tickets to a VIP reception held either before or after the All-Star Game. Winning bidders will be up close and personal with the greats of the game in a way like no other as a VIP for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game.

“Pistol” Pete Maravich averaged almost 45 points per game during his years at LSU (before the three-point line existed) and is the youngest player ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Maravich collection includes his 1976-77 NBA Scoring Champion Award, his 1977 signed contract with the New Orleans Jazz and his game-used New Orleans Jazz jersey that reads “Pistol” on the back.

NBA legend Bernard King will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2013. Lots 18–26 presented in this catalog originated from his personal collection and will come with a hand-signed letter from Hall of Famer Bernard King. The lots include King’s 1985 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star game-used and autographed jersey and his 1983-84 Players Association MVP trophy.

Other inductee treasures include Guy V. Lewis’ 1945-46 University of Houston worn warm-up jacket, and two Jerry Tarkanian game-used and autographed towels from his final game at UNLV on March 3, 1992.

“Pistol” Pete Maravich New Orleans Jazz game-used home jersey, circa 1975, with rare “Pistol” name on back; Hall of Fame LOA. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)

Another game-used jersey to be had is Oscar Robertson’s Cincinnati Royals road jersey from Feb. 16, 1962. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)

This Wilt Chamberlain San Francisco Warriors game-used home jersey, circa 1963-64, is extremely rare item and its sales price should reflect that fact. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)

Bidders will be transported back in time with some never-before-seen styles from the ABA. Teams like the New Orleans Bucs, Minnesota Pipers, Carolina Cougars, Houston Mavericks and many more come to life in the form of game-used warm-up jackets and shooting shirts.

For additional information on any lot in the sale or to request a free full-color catalog, call 631.288.7800, ext. 223, or e-mail info@GreyFlannelAuctions.com. To view the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid, visit the Grey Flannel Auctions website.


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