Editor’s Blog: Dr. J Part II, Cabinet Full ‘O Cards, Your 1970 Topps Memories


1983 NBA All Star uniform Julius ErvingSCP Auctions’ December monthly auction included several dozen more items from what was apparently a massive collection of memorabilia saved by Julius Erving.  Bidding wrapped up overnight with Dr. J’s 1983 NBA All-Star Game uniform selling for $73,296.

The ’83 game was one of the Doc’s finest efforts. In front of the Los Angeles crowd at The Forum, Erving put on a dazzling display of dunks and drives en route to 25 points and MVP honors in the East’s 132-123 win.

However, it was his jewelry that generated the biggest bidding wars.

His 1985 and 1986 All-Star rings each rocketed upward in the final hours of bidding.  His ’86 ring sold for $92, 866 while the ’85 brought $39,832.  A watch he was given by The Sporting News as the last ABA Player of the Year in 1976 brought $41,952.  You can see the rest of the results here.

The bulk of Erving’s uniforms, awards and other career items sold last month in a major catalog auction, bringing in $3.5 million.


A Florida man ordered his mother a file cabinet for a Christmas gift last week. When he picked it up from the Walmart  in Punta Gorda and brought it home, he discovered it wasn’t empty.

There were dozens of boxes of new baseball and football cards stuffed inside…about $3500 worth according to police.

Now, they’re trying to figure out exactly what they were doing in there.

You can read more about it on WBBH-TV’s website.


Do you have any memories of opening up Topps baseball cards in 1970?  Any thoughts on the set itself, 41 years later?  We’re collecting your recollections and comments for a special project.  We’d love to hear what you have to say about the set, the cards, the time period, your memories of buying packs or anything else related to the ’70 Topps issue.  Drop me a note ([email protected]) when you have a few minutes.