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Dave Cowens 1972-73 MVP Award Brings $156,000

A collection of vintage NBA and ABA basketball memorabilia was on the block in the annual auction at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  The 1972-73 NBA MVP award won by the Boston Celtics’ Dave Cowens was the top seller at $156,000 including Grey Flannel Auctions’ buyers premium.

1972-73 NBA MVP Award CowensThe auction generated $1.8 million with over 4,000 bids placed on 170 lots.

Several vintage game-worn jerseys and uniforms representing pro hoops legends had bidders lining up during the annual induction weekend.   Several of ABA All-Star uniform Dr. Jthe highest selling items came from the collection of veteran TV commentator and 25-time Emmy Award winner Al Trautwig, whose interest in sports broadcasting was ignited during his teens, when he served as a ball boy for the ABA New York Nets and stick boy for the New York Islanders. The 1974 ABA Eastern Conference All-Star uniform worn by Julius Erving was part of Trautwig’s stash.  It sold for $132,000.

Other highlights included:

  • Circa 1967 Lenny Wilkens Atlanta Hawks road jersey $78,000
  • 1971 Wes Unseld NBA All-Star uniform  $60,000
  • 1980 Pete Maravich Celtics warm-up top  $60,000
  • 1984-85 Michael Jordan rookie road uniform  $54,000
  • 1975 Dan Issel game-used ABA All-Star uniform  $51,000
  • 1972 Rick Barry ABA jersey $48,000
  • 2005 Robert Horry Spurs NBA Championship ring $48,000
  • 1968 Bailey Howell Celtics NBA Championship ring $42,000
  • 1975-76 Freddie Lewis St. Louis Spirits ABA game-worn jersey  $39,000
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