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Wilt, Jordan Jerseys Top Hoop Hall Auction

Game-worn Wilt Chamberlain NBA All-Star jersey A jersey that once called a Chicago sports bar home sold for over $70,000 in an auction of items at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The jersey worn by Wilt Chamberlain in the 1972 NBA All-Star game sold for $72,000 in Grey Flannel Auctions annual sale during Hall of Fame induction weekend.

Saturday’s event featured game-used and personal items from dozens of NBA players and coaches.

The jersey, worn during the Lakers’ early 70s glory days by the late center, was given to a Chamberlain friend immediately after the game that season. According to the auction house, the jersey resided inside Murphy’s Bleachers, a sports bar near Wrigley Field, until two years ago.

The final price of the jersey includes Grey Flannel’s buyer’s premium.

Game-worn Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan jersey Several jerseys in the auction fetched over $40,000. A shirt worn by Michael Jordan during his rookie season and autographed by the newest Hall member, brought $66,000 while a 1997-98 model sold for $14,000.

A rare 1971-72 Pittsburgh Condors jersey originating with Stew Johnson, a 1974-75 Fly Williams Spirits of St. Louis shirt and a 1955 Bob Pettit NBA All-Star jersey sold for $51,000 each.

Another Jordan item that generated significant interest was the backboard and rim from the 1998 NBA Finals when Jordan put a ribbon on his Bulls career with a game-winning jumper against the Utah Jazz. The goal assembly brought a winning bid of $57,000.

Other winning bids included:

  • 1968 Nate Thurmond game-used autographed Knicks jersey $45,000
  • 1972-73 Dave DeBusschere game-used Knicks jersey $42,000
  • 1972-73 Indiana Pacers ABA Championship ring (Don Buse) $33,000
  • 1979-80 Bill Walton game-used San Diego Clippers jersey
  • 1974-75 Lee Davis San Diego Conquistadors ABA jersey $24,000
  • 1979-80 Larry Bird game-used rookie Celtics jersey $24,000
  • 1973-74 Jerry West game-used Lakers jersey $21,600

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