1973 Knicks Championship Ring Tops Chicago Auction

The 1973 NBA Championship ring belonging to former Knick Dick Barnett sold for $39,100 Saturday, leading a pack of impressive sports jewelry sold during Hunt Auctions’ event at the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame.

1973 New York Knicks chamionship ring The final bid on the ring, which contains a diamond in the middle and Barnett’s name on the side, was $34,000.  The auction company’s buyer’s premium pushed the realized price up by $5100.

The ring was exceptionally high grade and in the original condition.  It was one of just a few examples of 1973 Knicks rings ever offered publicly.

The auction included the high profile sale of items directly from Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver.  The former Orioles’ skipper was willing to part with the Hall of Fame ring he was presented with upon his Cooperstown induction.  It sold for $31,625.

Weaver’s 1966 World Series ring, showing a bit of wear and with a replacement diamond, brought $20,700.

Several other championship rings were sold in the auction including a 2003 Yankees American League Championship ring that brought $20,700, a 2004 Detroit Pistons NBA title ring once belonging to Pistons’ player Tremaine Fowlkes ($17,250) and a 1976 Reds World Series ring given to groundskeeper Lubie Veal ($9775).

Also on the block was the collection of pool playing legend Willie Mosconi.  His personalized Helmstetter cue went for $21,850.

Other sales included:

  • 1970s Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers home jersey $14,375
  • Earl Weaver Baseball Hall of Fame plaque  $12,650
  • Rare Spalding bat rack circa 1920s  $10,350
  • 1911 Cleveland Naps panoramic photo  $9200