Lot 336. 1960 Post Cereal Panel of Boston Celtics Hall of Famer Bob Cousy. Neatly cut from a Post Cereal box that was part of a “Sports Stars” promotion, this 7” x 7.75” panel is very scarce. The frame that borders the Boston Celtics’ star has sharp corners and a light crease in the upper right. The panel shows several stains, and a couple of additional creases are evident only on the back. It displays well with an excellent posed image of one of basketball’s top backcourt stars – and one of 11 basketball players to make ESPN’s list of the 20th century’s top athletes.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 337. Julius Erving (Dr. J) Autographs on a Baseball and a “Sports Illustrated” Issue. Erving was instrumental in transforming basketball into a game played above the rim. He generally is regarded as one of the 20 best players in NBA history. One autograph, as “Dr. J,” is mint 9 on a mint OML Selig baseball. The other, as “Julius Erving,” is bold, displaying as nm-m 8 on a somewhat dark background on the cover of the May 31, 1982 issue of “Sports Illustrated.” The issue is ex. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Winning Bid $70
Lot 338. Shaquille O’Neal Autographed “Rookie of the Year” Print by Stephen Holland. O’Neal’s pencil signature, authenticated by Kevin Keating, is mint 9 below the 16” x 29” print, which is double-matted and framed to 22.75” x 36.25”. The print, #1425 of 1600, is mint. The future Naismith Hall of Fame center, the NBA’s sixth all-time leading scorer, was the league’s top rookie for the 1992-93 season. Holland is one of the country’s most popular and successful sports artists. Noted for his black and white style, he was named Sport Artist of the Year in 1993 by the American Sport Art Museum and Archives.
Winning Bid $75
Lot 339. Bill Russell Signed First Printing of His Book “Russell Rules.” Russell signed the title page of the 2001 first edition hardback, which is subtitled “11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century’s Greatest Winner.” The personalized autograph is mint 9, and the book, ex in a vg-ex dust jacket. On ESPN’s list of top 100 athletes of the 20th century, Russell ranked 18th, with only three basketball players ahead of him – Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson. Authenticated by Kevin Keating.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 340. 21 Basketball (Auto)Biographies – 16 Autographed by Naismith Hall of Fame Members. The other five signers have HoF potential. Authenticated by Kevin Keating, the autographs are mint 9 or gem mint 10 on the title page unless otherwise noted. The books are hardcovers with dust jackets. Here is a list of the signers and the books: Abdul Jabbar – “Kareem,” 1990 stated first edition, and “On the Shoulders of Giants,” 2007 apparent first edition. Both books are nm in nm dust jackets. Bill Bradley – “Bill Bradley: One to Remember,” Jon C. Halter, 1975, ex-m/ex, and “Life on the Run,” by Bradley, 1976 apparent first edition, ex/ex. John Calipari - “Refuse to Lose,” 1996 stated first edition, nm/ex. Pete Carril – “The Smart Take from the Strong,” 1997 apparent first edition, nm-m/ex. Bob Cousy – “Cousy” by Bill Reynolds, 2005, ex-m/ex. Julius Erving – “The Legend of Dr. J,” 1975 apparent first edition, ex/vg-ex. Don Haskins – “Haskins: The Bear Facts,” as told to Ray Sanchez, nm-m 8 signature, ex-m/ex-m. Connie Hawkins – “Foul!” by David Wolf, 1972, nm/ex. Nancy Lieberman-Cline, “Lady Magic,” 1992, nm/ex-m. Rebecca Lobo – “The Home Team,” 1996, nm-m/ex, signed by Rebecca and her mother Ruth Ann. Ray Meyer – “Coach,” 1987 apparent first, ex-m/ex. John B. McLendon Jr., “The Basketball Man: James Naismith,” by Bernice Webb, 1973, ex/ex. McLendon signed the first title page and added “Last Student of Dr. Naismith’s.” Shaquille O’Neal – “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” 2011 stated first edition, nm+/ex. Rick Pitino – “Full-Court Pressure,” 1992 stated first edition, ex-m+/ex, flyleaf autograph. Oscar Robertson – “Oscar Robertson: The Golden Year 1964” by Ira Berkow, 1971 apparent first edition, nm/ex and “The Big O: My Life and Times” by Robertson, 2003, nm-m/nm. Robertson signed the first book as “Big O” and the first title page of the second as “Oscar Robertson.” Craig Robinson – “A Game of Character,” 2010 first printing, nm-m/ex, personalized signature on the first title page. Lenny Wilkens – “The Lenny Wilkens Story,” 1974, ex-m/ex, flyleaf autograph. And Morgan Wootten – “From Orphans to Champions,” 1979, vg-ex/ex, personalized signature. Impressive collection with at least eight autographs of the greatest basketball players of all time!
Winning Bid $121
Lot 341. Boozer, Riley and Frieder Autographs, Desert Classic Signatures, Memorabilia, Etc. Bob Boozer’s autograph is nm-m 8 on a Spalding basketball, and Bill Frieder’s gem mint 10 on a white panel of a Rawlings basketball. Above his autographs, Frieder wrote “Best Wishes Go Sun Devils!” Frieder coached the Arizona State team from 1989-97. Boozer, who died in 2012, was a two-time consensus All-American at Kansas State. He helped the U.S. to win a gold medal in basketball in the 1960 Olympics, and he won an NBA championship with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1971. Pat Riley’s signature is gem mint 10 on an unlined 4” x 6” index card. The collection also includes autographs by Happy Hairston (d. 2001), who played for the 1972 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, and Jack Marin, a two-time NBA All-Star. Their signatures are mint 9. Mike Bibby autographed a 1997 NCAA Final Four size XL T-shirt. His signature is nm-m 8. Bibby averaged 14.7 points per game in 14 NBA seasons. This collection includes four 8.5” x 11” b&w photos showing the college players for the Atlantic, Pacific, Central and Midwest teams in the 1999 Nike Desert (Basketball) Classic and six more for another edition of the Classic, apparently 1998. Each photo contains approximately 25 autographs. Two posters for the 1998 College All-Star Desert Classic, 11” x 17”, each have another 25 signatures. In addition, this collection contains two different large, colorful, impressive banners from the 1995 NBA All-Star Game and All-Star Weekend in Phoenix. Each banner is approximately 30 inches x 8 feet and nm. One has a very large image of a stylized Gila monster. The banner for the All-Star Weekend has a large cactus. This group may very well contain some “sleepers.” The Desert Classic autographs have not been thoroughly reviewed. Some easily discernible signatures are of one-time NBA players, including Corey Brewer, who scored 51 points in a game in April; Charles Jones, Jeff Sheppard, James Posey and Keon Clark, who has been quoted as saying that he never played a game sober in the NBA. Kevin Keating authenticated the signatures in this fascinating collection of autographs and memorabilia. Generally, the autographs are nm-m 8 and better.
Minimum Bid $75
Lot 342. 1950 Yearbook Celebrating the Minneapolis Lakers’ 3 Consecutive Basketball Titles. Led by George Mikan, Jim Pollard and other future Hall of Fame members, the Lakers of Minneapolis dominated three different professional basketball leagues from 1947-48 through 1949-50. This 28-page publication, in a 9” x 12” format, pays tribute to the team, which also included, for at least one year, Slater Martin, Vern Mikelsen and future Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant. It contains team photos for each year and individual photos, with biographical information, of the players, as well as HoF coach John Kundla. These Lakers were champions of the National Basketball League in 1947-48; the Basketball Association of America in 1948-49; and the National Basketball Association in 1949-50. Subsequently, the team won three NBA championships from 1951-52 through 1953-54. The copy of the yearbook is an nm-m beauty!
Winning Bid $75