The 1970s high school letterman sweater worn by Moses Malone before his historic jump to the NBA as a teenager is among the items up for bid in Worthridge Auctions’ latest online catalog.
Malone helped his high school team win back-to-back Virginia state basketball championships in 1973 and 1974, then became the first player of the modern era to go straight from high school to the pro ranks when he was drafted by the Utah Stars of the ABA. He played two years in the ABA until the 1976 merger with the NBA.
Recognized today as one of the best big men ever to play the game, Malone won three NBA MVP awards (1978, 1982, 1983), made 13 straight All-Star teams and was MVP of the 1983 NBA Finals.
The sweater comes with a signed LOA from Malone’s cousin who was given this sweater by Malone before his recent untimely passing.
The auction also includes Malone’s Virginia High School Hall of Fame induction plaque.
Worthridge also has career collections directly from former NBA player Craig Hodges and ex-NFL star Tony Galbreath.
Items from Galbreath’s 1976-1987 NFL career include his 1986 Super Bowl XXI Ring (the first ring from this Super Bowl to be offered to the public); his copy of the 1986 Super Bowl XXI Lombardi Trophy and his 1985 NFL All-Time Pass Reception Trophy, awarded to him for becoming the NFL’s all-time leading receiving running back (one of only two trophies ever issued by the NFL for this accomplishment). Other game-used equipment, autographed items, and collectibles round out the Galbreath collection.
The most notable items in the Hodges’ collection are his two trophies for
leading the league in three-point shooting in the ’85 and ’87 seasons, as well as his 1990 and 1992 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout Trophies (both of which are the first of their kind to be offered at auction). Team-signed basketballs from the Chicago Bulls (including Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen) from Hodges’ collection are also up for bid as well as game-used uniforms and warmups from his days as a guard with the Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
To register and view the entire auction, visit the company’s website. Bidders can register and bid online, or by calling 1-877-539-3952. The Winter Sports Auction closes on December 13.