As part of Goldin Auctions’ partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the original official Hall of Fame portraits that were formerly on display at the dome-shaped exhibition hall since as early as 2002 are now up for auction.
The space around the third floor of the dome where the original portraits were displayed had been used up and the Class of 2018 portraits had to be displayed in a different spot. To adjust for the needed space, the Hall embarked on a $30 million renovation where all enshrined players would be housed in a different area and show the players in a digital form with more information at the ready. With new renovations already underway, the portraits were removed and are now available to the public.The portraits available in the current 2020 Winter Auction include Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Bob Cousy, Pete Maravich, Rick Barry, Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O’Neal. Bidding on the Jordan portrait had reached $12,000 by Wednesday afternoon.
Bidding ends Saturday, Feb. 22.
Panini America offered First Off The Line versions of its 2019-20 Optic basketball product in the dutch auction format Tuesday morning. The bottom price appeared to be $350 with most boxes selling for $350-$450 as the rush for Zion and more rookie cards continued.
The FOTL box configuration was vastly different than the hobby edition. FOTL boxes included seven cards: a Rated Rookies Signatures Purple Stars (# to 49) or a Signatures Purple Velocity (# to 10); another Purple Stars autograph numbered to 29 plus three base/Rated rookie holos and two base or Rated Rookies Purple Stars.
Some boxes have made their way to eBay.
There’s also a Donruss Optic factory set that’s exclusive to Fanatics with rookie parallels.
The auction for Zion’s first regular season game-worn jersey continues with bidding now over $41,000 at NBA Auctions. The auction runs for eight more days.
The Christmas Day game jersey donned by Giannis Antetokounmpo and a Mavericks “City Edition” Luka Doncic shirt from this season are also up for grabs.
On January 18, the U.S. National Under-17 hockey team took to the ice wearing Spongebob Square Pants themed jerseys against the Lincoln Stars in Plymouth, Michigan. Now those wild-looking jerseys are being auctioned with proceeds benefitting C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
MeiGray is handling the auction, which can be found here.