Aug. 12 Basketball HOF Auction features Dr. J's ABA All-Star jersey, Dave Cowens' MVP Award Grey Flannel’s Aug. 12 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction features five championship rings, Dave Cowens’ MVP Award, Julius "Dr. J" Ervin’s ABA All-Star jersey and many other rarities.
News-Antique.com - Jul 26,2011 - WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Grey Flannel Auctions today announced details of its Sixth Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction and other special events associated with the 2011 BHOF induction ceremony. The live auction will take place on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
This year’s enshrinement is expected to attract a packed house of returning Hall of Famers and other VIPs. The Class of 2011 includes (alphabetically): Teresa Edwards, Artis Gilmore, Herb Magee, Chris Mullin, Dennis Rodman, Arvydas Sabonis, Satch Sanders, Tara VanDerveer and Tex Winter. Also, legendary Harlem Globetrotter and hook shot inventor Reece “Goose” Tatum will be inducted posthumously.
Grey Flannel Auctions will begin its Hall of Fame activities on Aug. 11 by hosting an invitation-only pre-induction dinner for Hall of Famers, inductees and industry dignitaries at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court. The following afternoon, starting at 1 p.m., Grey Flannel will conduct its 170-lot auction of vintage basketball-related memorabilia.
“The material in our Basketball Hall of Fame auction amazes me more and more each year, but this year’s selection tops all others,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president Richard E. Russek. “Many of the jerseys, uniforms and other mementos were consigned directly by players, their families or team employees, and at least 50 lots are accompanied by letters of authenticity from those sources.” Russek added that six Hall of Famers plan to attend the auction in person.
A featured highlight is the collection of veteran TV commentator and 25-time Emmy® Award winner Al Trautwig, whose passion for a career in sports solidified during his teens, when he served as a ball boy for the ABA New York Nets and stick boy for the New York Islanders.
Among the most important items of game-used apparel in the Trautwig collection is Julius “Dr. J” Erving’s 1974 Eastern Conference ABA All-Star uniform. The striking red, white and blue uniform embellished with stars, Erving’s name, the number “32” and “ABA” is entered in the sale with a $10,000 reserve.
Another stellar lot is Rick Barry’s game-used ABA/NBA Super Games II uniform from 1972. “To our knowledge, this is the first ABA Super Games jersey ever to be offered at public auction,” said Russek.
While working for the Nets as a ball boy, Trautwig became a trusted insider, Russek said, sometimes even babysitting Rick Barry’s children. “The provenance for the Rick Barry Super Games jersey is direct and impeccable,” Russek said. “It comes with LOAs from both Rick Barry and Al Trautwig.” The jersey’s reserve is $5,000, although it is expected to go much higher. Russek explained:
“Rick Barry was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in History, and there’s tremendous interest, now, in game-used material connected to those Top 50 players. Collectors have become very competitive for these items and it has driven prices through the roof in our past sales. We expect to see a continuation of that trend in this sale,” Russek said.