Abdul-Jabbar Warm-up Jacket Slams In A $96,631 Winning Bid To Top Grey Flannel’s Dec. 8 Holiday Auction

A 1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks photo-documented warm-up jacket worn by the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar soared to the top position in Grey Flannel’s Dec. 8, 2010 Holiday auction, capturing a winning bid of $96,631. The 1,068-lot absentee auction grossed $1,753,093; all prices quoted are inclusive of a 20% buyer’s premium. Twenty-five bids were placed on the extremely rare cardinal-red jacket emblazoned with the Bucks team name across the front and “Abdul-Jabbar” on its back.

“We suspected it would do very well, but in the end, it was the basketball fans who determined its true market value,” said Richard E. Russek, president of the sports memorabilia auction house that has exclusive ties with the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Abdul-Jabbar’s personal and team accomplishments are perhaps the most amazing in league history, and no one has ever duplicated his trademark ‘skyhook.’ He’s a living legend, and the demand for his game-worn apparel will only continue to grow.”

A second basketball treasure landed the second-highest price in the multi-sports memorabilia auction. Personally autographed by Bob Pettit – arguably the greatest forward of his era – a 1957-58 St. Louis Hawks game-used home jersey was accompanied by a Pettit letter of authenticity. Perhaps the best Pettit jersey in existence in terms of completeness of tags, condition and provenance, it flew past its $10,000 reserve to land at $73,409.

Other basketball highlights included a 1967-68 Boston Celtics warm-up road jacket worn by Bill Russell, $42,435; a rare 1971 Mel Daniels ABA All-Star Eastern Conference game-used jersey, $39,600; and a 1979-80 Spencer Haywood Los Angeles Lakers game-used, Championship-season home uniform, $33,095.

One of the great surprises of the sale was the $69,769 price paid for a turn of the century, game-used Princeton University football jersey. “This jersey was a classic representation of Americana from a century ago,” said Russek, “but we never expected the extreme amount of interest it generated.” The black wool turtleneck featured the famous Princeton orange sleeve stripes and the Princeton “P” on its chest area, as well as the earliest-known Spalding label stitched onto the inside neck of the garment.

Championship jewelry was aggressively pursued in the auction, whose phone and Internet bidding didn’t conclude till 6 a.m. the next morning. J.R. Redmond’s 2001 New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVI player’s ring brought the most money of all jewelry entries, settling at $31,129. Another distinctive symbol of Boston, a 1984 Celtics World Championship ring originally given to coach Red Auerbach’s attorney, netted $26,576. Making it a triumvirate of sports bling, a 2009 New York Yankees World Series Championship ring that belonged to a Dominican scout named “Cordoba” slammed in a winning bid of $25,726.

Although a late 1920s/early 1930s stirrup sock might seem a minor item, it takes on gargantuan importance when confirmed as part of a uniform worn by the immortal Yankees home run king Babe Ruth. With a reserve of $2,500, the blue wool sock with “G Ruth” embroidered tag and impeccable provenance drew 13 bids before settling at $18,368.

The top ephemera lot in the auction was the hand-written final speech Mickey Mantle delivered to America in August 1995 via national TV from a Dallas hospital. Completely hand written by Mantle, the speech, with its warning to youngsters to stay off drugs and alcohol, earned $12,865.

Grey Flannel Auctions is currently accepting consignments for its next major auction of professional sports memorabilia, slated for mid April. For additional information, call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or email [email protected]

0 comments

Other articlesgo to homepage

Important Alamo Document Brings $137,500 in Heritage Auctions Texana Sale

Important Alamo Document Brings $137,500 in Heritage Auctions Texana Sale(0)

A historically important document signed by William Barret Travis, securing black walnut wood to help build a garrison just days before the Alamo was attacked by Mexican forces, sold for $137,500 in Heritage Auctions’ Texana & Western Americana auction March 24 in Dallas.

Only One Week Left to Consign to Grey Flannel Auctions – Premier Items Only

Only One Week Left to Consign to Grey Flannel Auctions – Premier Items Only(0)

Don’t risk getting shut out of Grey Flannel Auctions power-packed sale. Generous cash advances are readily available towards your Premier consignments and collections. If you have ever considered consigning to a Grey Flannel auction, NOW is the time as the prices realized that we have consistently shown our consignors have been nothing short of incredible.

Consigned Just This Week to Grey Flannel Auctions – Teeder Kennedy, Bill Russell, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and More

Consigned Just This Week to Grey Flannel Auctions – Teeder Kennedy, Bill Russell, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle and More(0)

Don’t risk getting shut out of Grey Flannel Auctions power-packed sale. Generous cash advances are readily available towards your Premier consignments and collections. If you have ever considered consigning to a Grey Flannel auction, NOW is the time as the prices realized that we have consistently shown our consignors have been nothing short of incredible.

2017 Goldin Auctions Great American Trading Card Auction Results

2017 Goldin Auctions Great American Trading Card Auction Results(0)

The market for rare high-grade vintage trading cards is still vibrant as collectors demonstrated on Saturday night in the final day of bidding in the 2017 Goldin Auctions Great American Trading Card Auction. Two of the headline items, a 1916 M101 Blank Back #151 Babe Ruth Rookie card and a 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays

Fans Bid $788,000 for Relics From Knott’s Berry Farm Archives at Heritage Auctions

Fans Bid $788,000 for Relics From Knott’s Berry Farm Archives at Heritage Auctions(0)

Fans bid $788,892 for rare and important items celebrating the 75th anniversary of Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghost Town attraction during a public auction of historic archives from America’s first theme park held by Heritage Auctions March 31 in Buena Park, California. The 228 lots were expected to bring $500,000 but when the gavel fell, they brought more than

read more

Auction Schedule

Featured Auctions:
(*) RR Auction: April 21 - April 26
(*) Kevin Savage: April 15 - April 26-27
(*) MeiGray Auctions: April 10 - April 26-27
(*) PWCC Auctions: April 3 - April 26-27
(*) NBA Auctions: April 6 - April 27
(*) Sirius Sports Cards: April 15 - April 27
(*) Steve Novella: April 20 - April 27
(*) Small Traditions: April 17 - April 29
(*) Goldin Auctions: April 3 - April 29
(*) Iconic Auctions: April 21 - April 29
(*) Pristine Auction: April 1 - April 30
(*) REA Auctions: April 5 - April 30
(*) PWCC Auctions: April 1 - May 1-2
Sig Auctions: May 1 - May 1-5
(*) Heritage Historical: April 24 - May 3
(*) MeiGray Auctions: April 15 - May 3
(*) Kevin Savage: April 21 - May 3-4
(*) Huggins & Scott: April 24 - May 4
(*) Mile High Card Co: April 26 - May 4
MEARS: April 28 - May 6
(*) Memory Lane: April 22 - May 6
(*) Steiner Sports: April 5 - May 6
(*) NHL Auctions: April 24 - May 7
Kevin Savage: April 25 - May 8
(*) University Archives: April 25 - May 9
(*) RR Auction: April 21 - May 10
Kevin Savage: April 28 - May 10-11
(*) Heritage Historical: April 24 - May 11
(*) MeiGray Auctions: April 20 - May 11
(*) NBA Auctions: April 20 - May 11
Sirius Sports Cards: April 29 - May 11
(*) Heritage Sports: April 13 - May 11-13
(*) Heritage Historical: April 24 - May 13
Kevin Savage: May 5 - May 17-18
Sterling Sports: May 4 - May 18
Heritage Historical: May 1 - May 19
Kevin Savage: May 9 - May 22
Kevin Savage: May 12 - May 24-25
Iconic Auctions: May 17 - May 27
PWCC Auctions: May 3 - May 14-31
Pristine Auction: May 1 - May 31

Daily/Weekly Auctions:
(*) Pristine Auction: Daily
(*) Pristine Weekly: Every Tuesday
(*) Pristine Classic: Every Wednesday
(*) Fusco Auctions: Every Friday
(*) Heritage - Sports: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Comics: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Entertainment: Every Sunday
(*) Heritage - Historical: Every Sunday
(*) Just Collect: Every Sunday
(*) Lelands Internet: Weekly
(*) Steiner Sports: Sundays
2017 Full Auction Schedule

Consignment Deadlines:
Grey Flannel - 4/25
RR Auctions - 4/25
Lelands - 4/25
Sterling Sports - 4/27
Goodwin & Company - 5/1
Infinite Auctions - 5/1
Mile High Card Co - 5/1
Sirius Sports - 5/1
RR Auctions - 5/5
Classic Auctions - 5/5
Heritage Auctions - 5/9
Iconic Auctions - 5/11
PWCC Auctions - 5/11
MEARS Auctions - 5/12
Pristine Auction - 5/15
Sirius Sports - 5/15
Small Traditions - 5/15
RR Auctions - 5/19
Collect Auctions - 5/26
Fusco Auctions - 5/31
Steiner Auctions - 5/31
Consign/Sell Here

Sponsors

Contacts and information

Auction Report is the premier web site for news coverage and more on the best auction companies.

Social networks

Most popular categories

© 2017 Auction Report All rights reserved.