The Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts will continue to hold a memorabilia auction in conjunction with its annual induction ceremony.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has signed a new five-year partnership agreement with Grey Flannel Auctions.
The deal brings an annual public auction to the Museum during its Enshrinement Celebration each September, featuring premier memorabilia from various private collections. Many of the items may be shown for the first very time to the public.
For nearly two decades, the Basketball Hall of Fame has had an ongoing relationship with Grey Flannel Auctions who has served as the appraiser and consultant to its artifact collection. Last September, Grey Flannel hosted the first annual Basketball Hall of Fame Auction during the Enshrinement Celebration, at which rare and unique memorabilia from private collections were shown and auctioned to the public.
Grey Flannel will assemble the second annual auction Saturday, September 8, 2007 Anyone attending the Induction Celebration or purchasing a Hall of Fame ticket can sign up for the auction at no additional charge. The sale will begin in early August with Internet bidding at GreyFlannelAuctions.com or ebay Live, followed by live bidding at the auction gala at the Hall of Fame's Special Exhibit Gallery.
The 2007 Enshrinement Ceremony and Induction Celebration will feature Phil Jackson, who led the Lakers and Bulls to a record nine NBA titles, the 1966 NCAA Champions from Texas Western, University of North Carolina Coach Roy Williams, four time WNBA Championship coach Van Chancellor, and international coaches Pedro Ferrandiz and Mirko Novosel. Referee Mendy Rudolph who passed away in 1979 will also be honored and remembered.
Grey Flannel was founded in 1989 in New York by Richard Russek. In addition to the Basketball Hall of Fame, Grey Flannel has also worked with Sotheby's in authenticating the largest private collection of jerseys, the Barry Halper collection, part of which landed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.