A game-worn George Mikan jersey from the 1947-48 Minneapolis Lakers season sold for over $100,000 in Grey Flannel’s auction at the Naismith Hall of Fame over the weekend.
Memorabilia from two of the greatest big men ever to play the game proved to be magnetic in the second edition of the September auction held at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA held Saturday. The auction was conducted by Grey Flannel Auctions, which has a five-year agreement to hold the sale during the Hall’s Enshrinement weekend.
A game-worn Minneapolis Lakers #99 jersey worn by George Mikan during the 1947-48 season sold for over $90,000. With the 20% buyer’s premium, the final sales price was $108,000.
The jersey was accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Gene D’Angelo, a cousin of former Minneapolis Laker Ed Kalafat who was a teammate of Mikan’s. According to Grey Flannel, the letter stated that Kalafat gave this jersey to D’Angelo, and that the jersey was personally given to Kalafat by Mikan himself.
A jersey worn by Wilt Chamberlain during the 1967 All Star game drew bids in excess of $56,000 with the premium as did a ball attributed to Chamberlain’s 100-point scoring effort for the Philadelphia Warriors during the 1961-62 season. A 1959 Bill Russell All Star jersey sold for just over $30,000.
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