He was Jordan before Jordan. You can't look at a #6 NBA jersey without thinking of the great Julius Erving, majestically swooping to the hoop or flying down the lane for a high-flying one-hand, tomahawk slam dunk. Pretty soon, you can own one of those jerseys--or more.
SCP Auctions announced late Wednesday that it has been hired to sell the personal collection of Dr. J. The company will offer them in its upcoming fall catalog auction and its November monthly auction.
The complete list of items hasn't been released yet, but in an email, the company showed off everything from Erving's 1969-70 freshman uniform from the University of Massachusetts to an array of significant ABA and NBA award trophies.
Warmup jackets and pants, several NBA All-Star Game jerseys including one from 1979 will be up for bid as well as his 1975-76 ABA MVP and 1980-81 NBA MVP trophies.
"We feel this is the largest basketball player collection to ever come to the market," said SCP's David Kohler, a hoops junkie himself who was clearly excited about the opportunity. "The collection is so extensive including all the rings and special awards and incredible ABA and NBA historical pieces."
What are they worth? Well, a 1972-73 Erving Virginia Squires jersey sold for over $190,000 at auction in May and his final ABA All-Star jersey sold for more than $188,000 at auction in the spring of 2008.
With many of his NBA jerseys and warm-ups in his own collection representing his most successful years with the Philadelphia 76ers, such numbers wouldn't be out of the question on some of the premier pieces.
"Dr J is so loved," Kohler said. "He wanted to share his mementos with all the collectors and fans in conjunction of his upcoming 25th year since his retirement."
Part of the collection will be on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago next week