What kind of basketball memorabilia is stored in Midwestern attics?
It could be a lean year for the Hoosiers but Indiana is still basketball country this time of year and one sports memorabilia auction house has plans to visit the state in hopes of finding some buried basketball treasure.
In conjunction with the first hoops action at the new Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and in association with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Grey Flannel Auctions will conduct a free appraisal event next month.
Sports Appraisals at Center Court is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 and 9 a.m. till noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, Ind.
The gym is not far from Indianapolis, which has hosted numerous Final Four events and will be home to a four-team college basketball tournament that weekend featuring Indiana vs. Gonzaga and Notre Dame vs. Ohio State.
The public is invited to bring in any type of vintage sports collectibles, including but not limited to equipment, apparel, cards and autographed items.
“Our company has had a long involvement with vintage and collectible items from all major sports – baseball, football, hockey, basketball and others,” said company president Richard Russek. “We’ve always wanted to do an appraisal event in Indiana, which has such a long and noble history in American sports. We’re excited to be conducting appraisals in a place as beloved as the Hoosier Gym. Personally, I can’t wait to see what will turn up at our appraisal event, either from established collections or people’s attics. This will be a great opportunity for anyone owning a collectible sports item to find out exactly what it’s worth, and free of charge.”
The event has been planned to accommodate the many fans who will be in nearby Indianapolis for the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase basketball games – the first basketball games to be held at the new Lucas Oil Stadium.
Grey Flannel hosts the annual memorabilia auction at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA each year.