On the weekend of the annual Naismith Hall of Fame inductions, we’ve learned SCP Auctions will be offering a jersey that would be at home in Springfield, MA.
A 1966-67 UCLA game-worn home jersey worn by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during his sophomore season—the first of three straight NCAA Championships won by the Bruins—will appear in the Second Annual Hall of Fame Auction. Bidding will begin October 18.
The jersey was originally obtained by the assistant of the acting equipment manager for UCLA a few years after it saw game use. It carries an A10 grade from MEARS and was sold there earlier this year for over $100,000.
Known as Lew Alcindor, the highly recruited seven-footer dominated as a sophomore varsity starter, leading UCLA to a 30-0 record while averaging 29 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. Freshmen weren’t eligible for varsity play at the time, so Alcindor saw his first collegiate action in this jersey.
Made of white durene, the jersey shows significant wear and it’s likely the jersey was worn all season.
The style is one-of-a-kind. During Alcindor’s freshman year (1965-66), the team wore jerseys with “BRUINS” spelled out across the front, but switched to the “UCLA” yellow on blue double tackle twill version in his sophomore year. The two-color lettering was exclusive to the 1966-67 season as the team switched to all-blue lettering the next year.
The Basketball Hall of Fame auction will also include a jacket worn by legendary UCLA coach John Wooden. The familiar Navy blue jacket dates to Wooden’s final years in Westwood and is also expected to bring at least $100,000 before bidding closes November 4 at SCPAuctions.com.