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

The NBA MVP award earned by Dave Cowens in 1973 was the top selling item in the Basketball Hall of Fame auction, with a host of vintage NBA and ABA jerseys also bringing big bucks.

National Notes: Monday

We’ve got the show hours, what one auction company is bringing to whet your appetite for fall and Panini details its wrapper redemption program.

Texas Store a Sports Card Shop Success Story

Patience, enthusiasm, a little luck…and just being nice to people can turn a part-time venture into a full-time love affair in the sports card shop business.

John Wooden Family Signs Licensing Deal

Look for some new John Wooden memorabilia in the marketplace after his family signed a deal with the company known for handling the licensing for deceased sports legends.

Panini Sues Company Over Bryant Memorabilia

Panini America has filed suit over what it claims is a company violating its deal with Kobe Bryant and selling phony autographs inside his home arena.

John Wooden Jacket Bidding Rockets Upward

Just days after the center jump circle on which his UCLA teams made history, John Wooden’s favorite coaching jacket is drawing a crowd of deep pocket bidders.

Wooden’s Jacket, Vintage NBA Jerseys, Super Bowl Ring Highlight Auction

A UCLA coach’s jacket worn by the late John Wooden joins some legendary NBA Hall of Famer jerseys and a Super Bowl I ring in Grey Flannel Auctions’ catalog sale.

Oldest Pair of NBA Game-Worn Shoes Up for Bid

Gene Conley’s autographed 1950s Converse are on the block.

Original Pauley Pavilion Jump Circle Offered

Someone had the good sense to preserve the center court from the building where UCLA became basketball royalty.

Red Auerbach Auction Includes NBA Championship Rings, Cousy Jersey, More

A large number of items from the life and times of NBA legend Red Auerbach are coming to auction next month.

Buyer Still Jazzed About Purchase of Naismith Rules

Who’d pay $4 million for two typed pieces of paper? The guy who wants to own one of the most important documents in sports history.

Blake Griffin Rookie Cards Fuel Current Market

With every spectacular dunk and monster stat line, Blake Griffin separates himself from the rest of the hot list.

Coaches Highlight World of Sports Set

Upper Deck leans on some big time college hoop coaches in its latest card set.

Topps Does Vegas, Waiting for the ’11s, Remembering the Bird-Magic Rookie

The Editor’s Blog talks industry news, the snowy wait for ’11 Topps, the Bird/Magic rookie card and OPC hockey.

Hometown Gets Wooden Memorabilia

John Wooden’s family is spreading decades of hoops history around the country.

Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle top 2010’s Most Dangerous Autographs

Is Santa putting authenticity in your stocking? PSA/DNA’s been keeping track of which nice autographs are commonly found to be naughty.

Panini, Kids Foot Locker Team Up for Card Promotion

Will customers who buy other NBA gear get hooked on basketball cards? That’s the plan.

2010-11 Panini Threads Could Give You Splinters

Panini is bringing the hardwood to its next basketball card product.

1968-69 Celtics to Reunite for Show Next Spring

One of the NBA’s all-time greatest teams will be well represented at an east coast show next spring.

Colleges Clamp Down on Autographs

At least one big-time NCAA basketball power now has its own autograph policy.