The Basketball Hall of Fame has a star-studded 2009 induction class–including some guy named Jordan. The annual weekend event includes MJ memorabilia–and a collector’s special donation
Grey Flannel Auctions has announced details of its annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction and other special events associated with the 2009 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
More than 70 returning Hall of Famers are expected to attend the three-day festivities honoring the Class of 2009, who will be inducted in an evening ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. This year’s class includes Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, C. Vivian Stringer and John Stockton.
Grey Flannel Auctions will host the weekend’s opening event on Sept. 10, an invitation-only dinner for Hall of Famers, inductees and VIPs at the Hall of Fame’s Center Court. The highlight of the dinner will be the presentation the LSU jersey that " Pete Maravich wore when he set the all-time NCAA Division I scoring record in 1970. The game-worn jersey is the property of collector David Miller, who will present it to Jackie and Josh Maravich, Pete’s widow and younger son. In turn, the Maravich family will formally present the jersey to the Hall of Fame, where it will remain in perpetuity.
On Saturday, Grey Flannel will conduct a 250-lot auction of vintage basketball-related memorabilia at the Mohegan Sun casino and resort in Uncasville, Conn., approximately 70 miles from Springfield. Internet live bidding will provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.
"This will undoubtedly be the finest and most exciting basketball auction we’ve ever produced," said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president Richard E. Russek.
Two of the top lots to be auctioned are closely linked to Jordan. A 1984-85 game-used and autographed Chicago Bulls rookie jersey – possibly the first NBA jersey ever issued to Jordan – is accompanied by a team letter and photo match. It carries a reserve of $25,000.
The second key lot with a Jordan connection is the actual complete backboard from the June 14, 1998 NBA Finals Game no. 6 when Jordan took his last shot as a Bulls player, and in so doing, clinched the game and the championship for his team. The backboard is entered in the sale with a $25,000 reserve.
A Wilt Chamberlain Western Conference All-Star Game-used uniform will be offered with a $25,000 reserve, while a 1955 Bob Pettit Milwaukee Hawks NBA All-Star Game-used rookie jersey, autographed by Pettit and accompanied by a Pettit LOA (letter of authenticity), has a $20,000 reserve.
A 1972-73 Dave DeBusschere game-used New York Knicks road jersey from a Knicks championship season comes with a DeBusschere LOA – reserve: $10,000. Another rarity carrying a $10,000 reserve is the 1967-68 Nate Thurmond Golden State Warriors game-used and autographed road jersey. It comes with a Nate Thurmond LOA.
Luke Jackson’s 1970-71 Philadelphia 76ers game-used home jersey, Stew Johnson’s Pittsburgh Condors 1971-72 game-used road uniform, and Lee Davis’ game-used home jersey from the San Diego Conquistadors’ 1974-75 season will also be part of the auction as well as Don Buse’s 1972-73 Indiana Pacers ABA Championship ring.
Several premier articles in the sale pertain to the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith. Within this prized selection are the earliest known photograph of Naismith, and his personal passport. Each will be offered with a reserve of $2,500.
The auction begins at 10:30 a.m., Eastern Time, in the Brothertown Room of Mohegan Sun casino and resort, 1 Mohegan Sun Blvd., Uncasville, CT.