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Basketball Cards and Autographs

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Lot 244.  3 1909-11 T51 “College Series” Cards with Basketball Scenes. All of the artwork is different. The schools are: Northwestern, Series 25-50, “No. 186” rubber-stamped on the back and a small stain; otherwise, ex. Williams College, Series 1-25, Second Edition, vg+ to ex. And Luther College, “Packer No. 280” rubber-stamped on the back and small area of scrapbook residue, all type present; otherwise, vg.
Winning Bid $45     

Lot 245.  1997 Upper Deck Michael Jordan Set of 6 Limited Edition Cards. Housed in a special presentation album and numbered 22 of 1,997, this set contains three different images of Jordan titled “Five-Time NBA Finals MVP,” “Nine-Time NBA Scoring Champion” and “Five-Time NBA Champion.” These three images are presented on a cel-like card that measures 3” x 5” and has a gold facsimile signature and on a 2.5” x 3.5” card made with 24-karat gold foil. Mint in the display album.
Winning Bid $45     

Lot 246.  25 Signed Basketball Cards – 8 by Hall of Fame Members. These autographs are nm 7 to nm-m 8 and better on Topps, Fleer, Hoops and other basketball cards, primarily from the 1980s and 1990s. The Hall of Fame signers are: Charles Barkley (1986 Fleer), Larry Bird (1987 Fleer), Kevin McHale (1990 SkyBox), Chris Mullin (1987 Fleer), Akeem Olajuwon (1986 Fleer), Robert Parish (1981 Topps), Jerry Sloan (1972 Topps) and Lenny Wilkens (1990 Hoops). Other cards are signed by Muggsy Bogues, Tom Chambers, Terry Cummings, Walter Davis, Mark Eaton, Jeff Hornacek, Mark Jackson, Kevin Johnson, Xavier McDaniel, Sidney Moncrief, Doc Rivers, John Salley, Detlef Schrempf, Jack Sikma, Kiki Vandeweghe, Spud Webb and Paul Westphal. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $68     

Lot 247.  3 Hardback Books Signed by HoF Coaches – Carnesecca, Knight and Meyer. All three of these coaches are members of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Bobby Knight ranks sixth in career victories among college coaches, and Ray Meyer (died 2006) is 39th. Knight’s teams won three NCAA championships. All three books are hardbacks, and all three signatures are personalized. Lou Carnesecca signed the title page of “Louie in Season,” mint 9 title page autograph, ex-m apparent first edition 1988 book, ex dust jacket. Knight’s autograph is mint 9 on the flyleaf of “Bob Knight: His Own Man,” 1988, ex+ book and dust jacket. Meyer signed after a friendly inscription on the flyleaf and then added, “Al McGuire always called me a ‘Barracuda’.” The autograph is mint 9, the 1987 apparent first edition book vg+ to ex, and the dust jacket, vg. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $20     

Lot 248.  Walt Frazier and Ralph Sampson Autographs. Frazier placed a large nm-m 8 autograph on the flyleaf of a stated first edition of his book “Walt Frazier: One Magic Season and a Basketball Life.” He wrote the book, published in 1988, with Neil Offen. Outstanding at point guard, Frazier led the New York Knicks to their only NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. He signed his name and added “Clyde,” his nickname, below. The signature is personalized and dated 2-9-93. The book is ex in a vg+ to ex dust jacket. Sampson signed the cover of the Oct. 31, 1983 “Sports Illustrated” Pro Basketball Preview. He added “1983 Rookie of the Year” to his gem mint 10 signature, which is personalized to “Joe.” Ex+ issue. Sampson was a three-time College Player of the Year and a four-time NBA All-Star. The former Houston Rockets’ star was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $15     

Lot 249.  Tom Heinsohn Autographed “Give ‘Em the Hook” 1988 First Edition Hardback Book. With Heinsohn as a starting forward, the Celtics won eight NBA titles in nine seasons. He was the 1957 NBA Rookie of the Year. As a coach, he led Boston to two more championships. His stated first edition book provides a candid analysis of basketball players, coaches, owners and the business in general. According to Heinsohn’s coach, Red Auerbach, the book is “filled with great memories, lasting truths, keen insights, and remarkably honest reflections….” Of course, Heinsohn has signed the TITLE page, and his personalized autograph is nm-m 8 to mint 9. The book is nm in an ex-m dust jacket. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature.
Minimum Bid $10     

Lot 250.  William “Red” Holzman Signed 1980 Hardback Book, “A View from the Bench.” Holzman, who died in 1998, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1985 as a coach. Named in 1996 as one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history, he directed the New York Knicks from 1967-82. His teams won NBA championships in 1970 and 1973. He played for the Rochester Royals and Milwaukee Hawks. Holzman’s personalized signature is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the first title page of the book, an apparent first edition that is ex in a vg+ to ex dust jacket with a clipped corner. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Holzman offers his observations on 12 NBA greats, from Abdul-Jabbar to Walton, and then discusses some the game’s great rivalries – Chamberlain vs. Russell, Reed vs. Jabbar, etc.
Winning Bid $25     

Lot 251.  Meadowlark (Lemon) Autographed Autobiography. The signature of the Harlem Globetrotters’ star and “Clown Prince of Basketball” is mint 9 to gem mint 10 on the title page of the 1987 apparent first edition hardback. As usual, he signed only his first name. Kevin Keating authenticated the signature. The ex-m book resides in a similar dust jacket. From 1954-78, Lemon played in more than 16,000 games in 70+ countries for the Globetrotters. He was recognized and loved for his entertaining routines, including a half-court hookshot. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.
Winning Bid $30     

Lot 252.  Pat Riley Signed 1988 Book “Showtime: Inside the Lakers’ Breakthrough Season.” Riley’s book, a first printing, focuses on the Lakers’ 1987 championship season. These Lakers won their third NBA championship in seven seasons under Riley’s leadership. He coached to team to another title in 1988 and then won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. One of the winningest coaches in NBA history, he entered the Hall of Fame in 2008. He played for the Lakers, San Diego Rockets and Phoenix Suns. Riley’s signature is large, bold, gem mint 10 and personalized on the book’s flyleaf. The book and dust jacket are ex+. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $10     

Lot 253.  Rudy Tomjanovich Signed Autobiography and a Related Book, “The Punch.” John Feinstein, called the “best writer of sports books in America today” by one critic, wrote “The Punch,” subtitled “One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever.” The book focuses on the punch thrown by Kermit Washington that almost killed Tomjanovich in a 1977 NBA game and the effect the punch had on both players and the league. The 2002 stated first edition hardback is ex in an ex+ price-clipped dust jacket. Feinstein placed a large, bold gem mint 10 autograph on the title page. Tomjanovich discusses the punch and numerous other aspects of his life and playing career in “A Rocket at Heart: My Life and My Team,” 1997 apparent first edition, ex/ex-m. His signature, as “Rudy T.,” is mint 9 on the flyleaf. Tomjanovich is a five-time NBA All-Star who, as a coach, guided the Houston Rockets to NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $15     

Lot 254.  Basketball Books Autographed by John Wooden and John Feinstein. These two books represent different ends of the collegiate basketball spectrum. Wooden autographed the first title page of “The Final Four” by John Reed, 1988 stated first edition, ex-m hardback and dust jacket. His personalized signature is gem mint 10. In “The Last Amateurs,” Feinstein takes readers far from basketball’s world of the elite. The book covers the 1999-2000 season in the Patriot League, a low-ranked Division I conference that, at the time, did not offer athletic scholarships. Among the teams then were Army, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. One critic has called Feinstein the “best writer of sports books in America today.” His autograph is gem mint 10 on the title page. The stated first edition book, published in 2000, is nm-m, and the dust jacket is ex-m. Authentication by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $15     

Lot 255.  “Fab Five” Signed by Mitch Albom, “The Breaks of the Game” by David Halberstam. Albom’s basketball book covers the 1992-94 Michigan Wolverines, and Halberstam’s, the 1979-80 Portland Trailblazers. Both books are first edition hardbacks. When he wrote “Fab Five,” subtitled “Basketball, trash talk and the America Dream,” Albom was a sports columnist for the “Detroit Free Press.” Subsequently, he wrote “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven.” His personalized autograph is mint 9 on the flyleaf of the book, nm in an ex+ dust jacket. Halberstam, killed in a traffic accident in 2007, was a Pulitzer Prize (1964) winning journalist who wrote about the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, politics and sports. His autograph is nm-m 8 on the title page. The book is ex-m+ in an ex price-clipped dust jacket. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures.
Winning Bid $15     

Lot 256.  7 Basketball Autographs, a Harlem Astronauts Program and Other Memorabilia. Four of the signers played in the NBA: Tony Dumas, Anthony Goldwire, Doneyell Marshall and Brooks Thompson. Their autographs are ex-m 6 and better (strong on dark backgrounds) on 1994 Signature Rookies cards. Other cards are signed by Brian Reese (1994 Classic 4Sport), Deon Thomas (1995 Classic Superior Pix) and Scotty Thurman (1995 Signature Rookies). Ex-m 6 and better. A star at North Carolina, Reese is an assistant at Monmouth. Thomas left Illinois as the university’s all-time leading scorer. He played professionally in Europe and Israel. Thurman also played in Europe. Other items are a 1950s-60s Harlem Astronauts program, staples removed, vg; a Greatest Sports Legends VHS of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a Charlotte Hornets “stinger” foam giveaway.
Minimum Bid $5     

Lot 302.  Basketball, Hockey, Baseball, Football Collection - Michael Jordan, Flutie, Lindros, Etc. Seven collectibles make up this group: 1. Michael Jordan 1987 Fleer card #59, nm+. 2. 1985 Topps card #251 Warren Moon rookie, ex-m+. 3. Doug Flutie signed 1987 Topps card #45, nm-m 8 signature authenticated by Kevin Keating. Flutie was the 1984 Heisman Trophy winner and is in the College and Canadian Football Halls of Fame. Ex-m card. 4. 1991 Upper Deck card #473 signed by Eric Lindros, Steven Rice and Kris Draper, nm-m 8 autographs. 5. 1991 Score card #297 signed by Theoren Fleury and Marty McSorley, nm-m 8 to mint 9 autographs. 6. Color 8” x 10” composite photo celebrating the Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship. ex. 7. Albert Belle candy bar wrapper.
Winning Bid $50     

Lot 307.  53 “Sports Illustrated” Issues and 1 “Time,” 1957-94. The issue of “Time,” from Aug. 22, 1994, has a cover related to the MLB strike. The “Sports Illustrated” issues are primarily from the 1980s and 1990s. Most have baseball covers. Cover subjects include Nolan Ryan (2), Eric Heiden, Keith Hernandez, Magic Johnson (2), Reggie Jackson, Muhammad Ali (3), Gary Carter, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Knight, Fernando Valenzuela, Tom Seaver, Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Tyson, Troy Aikman, Rickey Henderson, Joe Montana, Ted Williams, Dennis Eckersley, Michael Jordan (3), Kirby Puckett, Deion Sanders (2), Mark McGwire, Arthur Ashe, George Steinbrenner, Mike Piazza and Don Shula. The group includes two “Sportsmen of the Year” issues (U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, 1980, and Don Shula, 1993); the Pro Football issue for 1980; the 1981 Super Bowl preview; Baseball issues for 1990 and 1991; World Series coverage for 1978, 1980, 1989 and 1993; and the 35th Anniversary Issue in 1989. The issues from the 1980s and earlier average vg-ex to ex, and the 1990s issues, ex-m+. Almost all have labels. Here is a breakdown of the issues: Jan. 28, 1957, Boston Bruins cover. Sept. 3, 1962. Oct. 23, 1978, World Series cover. July 23, 1979. 1980: Feb. 11, April 7, May 26, June 9, Aug. 4, Aug. 25, Sept. 8, Sept. 29, Oct 6, Oct. 27, Oct. 13 and Dec. 22-29. 1981: Jan 26, March 2, May 18, June 8 and July 27. April 12, 1982. May 9, 1983. July 4, 1988. 1989: Aug. 21, Oct. 16, Oct. 30 and Nov. 15. 1990: Feb. 5, April 16, Oct. 22, Dec. 3. 1991: Feb. 4, April 15, June 3 and June 17. 1992: April 6, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, June 1, June 22 and Aug. 24. 1993: Feb. 15, March 1, July 5, July 19, Nov. 1, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27. And Aug. 22, 1994.
Winning Bid $25     

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