John Havlicek saved just about everything from his incredible life in basketball. From his high school and college days to a long Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics, it was all there. Dozens of trophies, plaques and awards. Game used gear. Championship rings.
At 73, Havlicek is still in good health. He played in the NBA into his late 30s and probably could have played another year or two if he’d made up his mind to do it. He scored 29 points in his last game against the now defunct Buffalo Braves in the spring of 1979. Still, he knows he’s well into the second half of life and so it was probably time to find good homes for the lion’s share of all of that memorabilia.
He called SCP Auctions, which is known for selling off player collections and a deal was struck.
So far, his personal copy of the NBA 50 Greatest Players signed lithograph and his 1963 Celtics NBA Championship ring are gathering the most attention. The litho had been bid up to more than $31,000 as of late Monday while the ring stood at over $29,000.
They won’t end anywhere near those figures.
It’ll be quite a haul for Hondo when it’s all said and done. He told the Boston Globe that he made the decision to let fans have a chance to own a little piece of history.