SCP Auctions will offer items from the life and career of Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Clyde Lovellette in its upcoming auction, including his 1963 Boston Celtics championship ring.
Lovellette was one of the most successful NBA stars of the 1950s and 60s, flying just below superstar status of the likes of Bill Russell, Jerry West, and Wilt Chamberlain.
Lovellette was the first player in history to win the NCAA championship, Olympic Gold and an NBA title. Only six other players can claim that honor. He is also in rare company having won NBA championships with both the Lakers and Celtics organizations.
A high school star in Indiana who went on to an All-American college career at Kansas and then starred in the NBA, Lovellette was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1988. During his career, he scored nearly 12,000 points and grabbed 6,663 rebounds. He died in 2016.
The Celtics championship ring is expected to fetch $60,000 or more, but the auction will also include a dozen other items consigned by Lovellette’s family including his 1956 and 1957 NBA All-Star Uniforms (both MEARS A10), and several other awards and game worn pieces from his high school and college playing days.
The auction is set to open this Wednesday.