Heritage Auctions is proud to present an impressive array of NBA game-worn sneakers, consigned directly from Dean Grossman. To be showcased on July 31, during the second session of Heritage’s highly anticipated Platinum Night auction, the collection will include game-worn pieces from the most celebrated NBA superstars of the 1980s and 1990s and each lot will be accompanied by a signed Letter of Provenance from Dean Grossman.
While most kids may have the opportunity to attend maybe one or two professional sporting events each year, Dean Grossman went to the Super Bowl, an NBA Finals game and an NBA All-Star Game, and that was all before he was out of elementary school.
The son of sports television directing pioneer Sandy Grossman, Dean travelled with his father to the number one sports event each week, whether it be NFL, NBA or NHL. “I got to witness a game and the days leading up to the game that most people do not get to see,” said Dean Grossman. “Production meetings, sitting in with coaches, playing basketball against Sam Vincent in the old Boston Garden, sitting in the booth with John Madden and Pat Summerall during a game, or just watching with my father and his producer call a game from the production truck were all great moments.”
Having covered the NBA All-Star Game each year as well as the Finals, Sandy developed some great relationships with players, coaches and administration. Also in that time, Dean was given an opportunity to work as a ball boy for the New Jersey Nets. “Between both my father and I, we spent time talking to players and being in the locker rooms after the games where both my father and I would ask players if they would give us a pair of signed sneakers,” said Dean Grossman. “In every case, they did, taking them off their feet and signing them in front of us. It became a hobby, a unique collection and one with great memories and stories.”
In April 2014, Sandy passed away at the age of 78. Dean’s memories of his time spent with his father is something he will always cherish. “I think as a kid, being able to be in the Madden Cruiser with Pat, John, producer Bob Stenner and my father was some of the best times,” said Dean. “My dad was genuine, caring and extremely humble. After his career was over, he could never believe that he directed 10 Super Bowls (more than anyone ever will), 10 NBA Finals, five Stanley Cups and two Olympics.”