OK, so the NBA season is beginning to flutter away with each flap of the lips from owners and players. We already know it won’t be a full season even if a settlement is reached today. Fans and collectors may have to be content with remembering games past until sanity returns. We make no guarantees that this is 100% accurate, but here is a list of the top ten vintage New York Knicks jerseys sold as compiled by wikicollecting.
10. Earl Monroe signed mid-1970s home jersey – $7,000
Flamboyant showman Earl “The Pearl” Monroe delighted the NBA crowds during a 13-year professional career and helped the Knicks to their second NBA title in 1973. This mid-1970s game-worn home jersey achieved $7,000 at a Grey Flannel Auctions sale in September 2009.
9. Walt Frazier mid-1970s road jersey – $8,000
The Hall of Famer’s mid-1970’s game-used road jersey achieved $8,000 at a Grey Flannel Auctions sale in September 2007.
Frazier’s number 10 was retired by the Knicks in 1979.
8. Earl Monroe 1979 road jersey – $8,400
Monroe’s 1979 game-worn road jersey from the 1978-1979 season, his penultimate year before retirement, achieved $8,400 at Sotheby’s in June 2006. His number 15 was retired by the Knicks in 1986.
7. Bill Bradley 1970s home jersey – $10,800
Bradley’s early 1970s game-worn home jersey achieved $10,800 at Sotheby’s in June 2006. Bradley captained the US team to gold at the 1964 Olympics and after retiring from basketball went on to become a Democratic senator. He unsuccessfully ran for his party’s presidential nomination in 2000.
6. Bill Bradley 1970s game used road jersey $13, 853
Leland’s sold a Bradley jersey in 2005 for a price that, at the time, was pretty good. Opposing fans loved to see the Knicks come to town with all of their stars. Opposing players weren’t quite so excited.
5. Bill Bradley 1969-70 season home jersey – $17,250
Bradley’s game-worn home jersey from the Knick’s first NBA championship season achieved $17,250 at a Christie’s auction in 1996. Bradley was second in the team’s free-throw percentages during that historic season, making 82% of all shots from the line.
4. Dave DeBusschere signed 1970’s home jersey – $19,200
One of the game’s greatest power forwards, number 22 was an eight time all-star. This early 1970’s game-used home jersey, signed by the player, achieved $19,200 at Sotheby’s in June 2007. DeBusschere went on to become the youngest coach in the history of the NBA.
3. Dave DeBusschere signed circa 1969-1970 jersey – $20,315
DeBusschere’s game-worn home jersey, thought to have been worn during the Knicks’s first NBA championship season in 1969-1970, made $20,315 at a Heritage Auctions sale in August 2010. Signed by the player, it features a piping style only employed for two seasons, strongly suggesting that it saw action in the Knicks’s first championship season.
2. Dave DeBusschere 1972-1973 road jersey – $35,000
DeBusschere’s game-used road jersey from the Knicks’ second NBA championship season achieved $35,000 at a Grey Flannel Auctions sale in 2009. DeBusschere led the team in rebounds during that momentous 1972-73 season.
1. Willis Reed Game 7 1970 NBA Finals jersey – $90,000
Willis Reed’s four points in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the LA Lakers in 1970 may appear insignificant, but anyone who witnessed the game that night will tell you otherwise. Harbouring a torn thigh muscle, Reed was not expected to play in the title decider. But his appearance in the warm-up prompted huge applause, and when he scored with his first two shorts – his only points of the game – he set the tone for a memorable Knicks win and their first NBA title. Reed’s jersey from that night achieved $90,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in June 2007.
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