A collection of 35 items consigned by the family of legendary New York Knicks coach Red Holzman sold for more than $300,000 late Saturday night as SCP Auctions closed its Summer Premier Auction.
The ring given to Holzman for bringing the team its first NBA championship in 1970 brought the top price in the for $107,482. The game-used net cut down after the Knicks took Game 7 from the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden also drew strong interest, selling for $69,184. Holzman’s 1970 NBA Coach of the Year trophy brought $31, 517 while the net from the Game 5 clincher of the 1973 Finals in Los Angeles realized $29,586.
Prices include a 20% buyer’s premium.
A 1928-1930 era Lou Gehrig bat rated PSA/DNA 7.5 topped the baseball-related memorabilia and cards offered in the sale, reaching $91,151.
Vin Scully’s first signed contract to broadcast Dodgers games starting in 1950 soared to $76,193, a far cry from the $100 per week the legendary Dodgers play-by-play man received during his first year in Brooklyn. The pact included a clause that allowed the team to terminate him with two weeks’ notice. He lasted 67 years before retiring at age 88 after the 2016 season.
Three years before Scully’s arrival, Jackie Robinson made his historic entry to the Dodgers’ clubhouse and an original photo of that moment in 1947 sold for $54,511.
Several game jerseys were sold in the auction, topped by an Ernie Banks Cubs road model from 1969. Consigned by the family of a former Cubs executive, it soared to $85,602 before bidding closed.
A signed game-used Roman Gabriel helmet from his 1969 NFL MVP season with the Los Angeles Rams sold for $34,621. Gabriel’s signature included a hand-written notation verifying it as “my 1969 MVP helmet.” A 1967 game-worn Gabriel jersey sold for $18,368.
Mickey Mantle’s copy of the 1957 contract he signed with the Yankees sold for $33,378. Part of the Mantle estate auction conducted back in 2003, it included his signature along with that of team general manager Lee McPhail, who secured the services of the American League MVP for $60,000 about a month before spring training.
A Magic Johnson game jersey from the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team was offered in the sale, but did not meet the reserve price.
The top selling baseball card in the auction was a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card graded PSA 10, which netted $35,542. A 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb graded PSA 4.5 sold for $20,035 while the number one-rated 1970 Topps Super football set on the PSA Registry (all cards graded 10 or 9) soared to $12,545.
Complete results can be found on the company’s website.