Personal collections, championship rings, rare cards and historic documents are among the items that hit the block Monday at Goldin Auctions. The auction includes the second half of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Collection, comprised of 247 lots, including the ball used for his last points, four NBA Championship Rings and three NBA MVP Awards.
Also up for grabs is a pair of Kobe Bryant 2000 NBA Championship rings originally gifted by the future Hall of Famer to his parents. The rings return to the auction block after selling for a combined $280,000 in 2013.
Another highlight of the auction is a 23-lot (Lots #252-274) collection of player contracts from a Hall of Famers and legendary players. Among those being offered are those from the careers of Mickey Mantle (1957 Yankees); Hank Aaron (1958 Braves); Eddie Mathews (1959 Braves); Al Simmons (1924 A’s rookie season); Pee Wee Reese (1948 Dodgers) and Gil Hodges (1959 Dodgers).
The auction also features a 73-lot Hall of Fame Ticket Registry (Lots #275-347) from an assortment of World Series games and historic events, such as Roger Maris’ 60th home run in 1961, Mickey Mantle’s last career home run, Hank Aaron’s final career hit and many more.
Here’s a look at some of the premium lots being offered:
Lot #1 – 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Game-Used, Signed & Inscribed Spalding Basketball from his Final Career Points (38,387) – The game ball from his final NBA game on April 23, 1989, versus Seattle – a 127-117 Lakers win. Abdul-Jabbar Inscribed near Abdul-Jabbar’s signature is “Last Reg Season Game Ball 4/89” and “38,387 Pts Lifetime.”
Lot #43 – 1980 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring
Lot #2 – 1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring (Finals MVP)
Lot #63 – 1987 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring
Lot #64 – 1988 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship Ring
Lot #3 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1975-76 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy – Awarded after his first season with the Lakers in which he led the team with 27.7 points, 16.9 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.
Lot #33 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1971-72 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy – The second of his six NBA MVP Awards
Lot #37 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1973-74 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy
Lot #35 – 1971-73 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Game-Used & Signed Bucks Green Jersey
Lot #184 – 2000 Kobe Bryant Lakers NBA Championship Ring – Gifted by Kobe to his father, Joe Bryant (accompanied by LOA from Pam Bryant). Proud of winning his very first NBA Championship, Kobe ordered an extra copy of the majestic ring for his dad. The ring isn’t an executive version but the exact ring given to players and coaches. Originally sold for over $173,000 in 2013.
Lot #185 – 2000 Kobe Bryant Lakers NBA Championship Ring – Gifted by Kobe to his mother, Pam, this ring is also an exact duplicate of Kobe’s own ring. It sold at auction for over $107,000 in 2013.
Lot #175 – 1923-25 Babe Ruth Game-Used Hillerich & Bradsby Pre Model Bat (PSA/DNA GU 8)
Lot #181 – 1966 Mickey Mantle Game-Used NY Yankees Home Jersey – From the Clete Boyer Collection, MEARS 7 and accompanied by a Letter of Provenance
Lot #182 – 1968 Willie Mays Games-Used & Signed S.F. Giant Home Jersey (MEARS A9.5 & Beckett)
Lot #190 – 1909-11 T206 White Border Ty Cobb with “Ty Cobb” Back (PSA PR 1) – The “Matchbox Find” example. One of fewer than 20 examples validated by PSA.
Lot #208 – 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card (SGC 82 EX/MT+ 6.5)
Lot #238 – 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP89 Mike Trout (Orange Refractor) Signed Rookie Card (#14/25) BGS Gem Mint 9.5/BGS 10 – Among the 25 copies recorded in BGS’s census reporting, just one example has achieved a higher tier.
Lot #247 – Jackie Robinson Signed & Inscribed Baseball (PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 & JSA)
The auction is set to run through March 2. The complete auction catalog is available at GoldinAuctions.com.