Items from the career of memorable NBA star World B. Free, including his 10,000 point game ball, a Philadelphia 76ers game used uniform, and even the flashy 1970’s hooded mink coat he sometimes wore during the winter, are on the auction block.
Worthridge Auctions is offering them as part of a special basketball auction including the classic piece of 1970s hoop style worn by one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers.
Free, who was originally known as Lloyd, had his name legally changed in 1981, playing 13 seasons and averaging over 20 points per game.
Made by Weiss Furs of Cleveland, the deep black mink is a waist length coat and comes with a hood that has a draw string. The auction company has a photo of Free wearing the coat and it comes with a letter of provenance from Free, who is currently the director of player development and a community ambassador for the Philadelphia 76ers. Among his duties is greeting fans at 76ers games, where he’s often seen in other interesting outfits.
The current high bid? 39 bucks.
The auction also includes a signed ABA game ball from the 1975 New York Nets with Julius Erving and Wendell Ladner autographs (current bid $1,698), an ABA Minnesota Pipers warm up jacket, and a collection of game used and signed shoes including those of Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. The auction ends Saturday, April 25.
The ‘Oceanside Wagner’ is getting quite a lot of media attention.
Brian Dwyer of REA was on Fox Business News Thursday morning to talk about the card and some other high profile items in the auction. The video is below. If you can’t see it, click here.
An interesting eBay discovery. There’s a November 1908 issue of Baseball Magazine on eBay right now, which is a fun listing by itself, but take a look at the cover.
It pictures Nap Lajoie in the exact image from his 1903 E107 baseball card.