One of the largest collections of Larry Bird items known to exist is up for grabs. It includes 675 pieces and includes over 300 items signed by the Boston Celtics Hall of Famer and his former teammates. The collection belongs to Randy Switser, a Colorado man who has had the items up for sale before, but never offered them in an eBay auction until now.
Offerings include some game-worn and game-used Bird items, memorabilia dating back to his playing days at Indiana State University, others associated with Bird when he was a member of the 1992 US Olympic “Dream Team” and even a piece of wood from the garage where he played while growing up in French Lick, Indiana.
There is a catch: The items aren’t being sold individually. Switser has broken them into three lots and he’s asking six figures for the first one. He says he’s not really an avid sports memorabilia collector—just a huge Bird fan. “He came to play every night,” Switser told Boston.com, “and after we met (in 1992), he was always cordial and generous to me.”
Memorabilia highlighted in the first lot includes a game-used white Celtics warm up jacket that has been signed by Hall of Fame Celtic players Bill Sherman, Bob Cousy, Nate Archibald, and Bob McAdoo and a pair of Bird’s autographed green Converse shoes. Within Lot 1, 77 out of 236 pieces are signed by Bird as well as other notable stars such as Magic Johnson, Kevin McHale, Ted Williams, Bobby Orr and others. Many are framed. You can see the listing here.
Lot Number Two, which hasn’t been listed yet, has a picture of Bird fighting for a rebound with rival Magic Johnson that is autographed by each. Many Boston Celtic fans frequented the Bird’s Nest Lounge, and the auction has two chairs to bid on from the Boston Connection Hotel in Terre Haute, IN. You can even bid on his Springs Valley High School warm up jacket that has been autographed.
There’s also a third lot to go up for bid. The entire collection can be seen on Switser’s website.