Celtics fans are getting a personal look at Red Auerbach's long tenure with the franchise. A huge array of memorabilia representing the NBA icon's extraordinary professional life, is being offered now via SCP Auctions. Some of the Auerbach collection is now on a Boston media tour.
Among the items to be offered are significant Celtics Championship rings, important awards, game used items, autographed pieces, personal effects and ephemera as well as other Boston sports memorabilia. Auerbach even kept a vintage Bob Cousy game-worn jersey that's part of the current sale.
Auerbach won 938 games, a record when he retired in 1966, as well as a then record nine NBA championship titles. In those 20 years, 16 with the Celtics, Auerbach had only one losing season while winning almost two-thirds of his games. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969 and, 11 years later, was recognized as the greatest coach in NBA history by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America. That same year, 1980, he was inducted a second time into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his total contributions to the game.
SCP will continue to liquidate the remainder of the Auerbach collection through two more auctions.
Dan Imler, managing director of the auction, was on WFTX-TV's morning show Monday to do a little show and tell.