If you were a kid growing up in the 1950s, chances are you had never seen a basketball card before. With interest in the NBA lagging behind baseball, football and even hockey for many, the market was limited. Bowman had produced a one and done set in 1948 but for the next eight years, the hoop landscape was totally barren. That drought came to an end in 1957 when Topps produced its first set of NBA trading cards. Now, the original file copy sets stored by the company 58 seasons ago are on the auction block.
Patricia Burris met “Uncle Carl” in 1977, when she married into the Shy family. She soon would learn one heck of a hoops story and would – 37 years later – wind up in possession of his 1936 Olympic gold medal. Burris used to visit Carl Shy in Seal Beach, where he had retired in Leisure World with Laura, his wife of 39 years. He had completed a 20-year career as a captain and detective with the Los Angeles Police Department, and used to talk about mysterious cases. He even gave his nephew and Burris’ late husband, Michael, an opium scale as a souvenir from a drug raid.
Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, who helped the Boston Celtics win a pair of NBA titles in the 1970s, has consigned some of his career memorabilia to SCP Auctions, which will offer it at auction in 25 lots beginning next week.
A game-used basketball from the gold-medal game at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 — signed by 11 members of the Dream Team and coach Chuck Daly — is the centerpiece of a current auction of the former Detroit Pistons coach’s memorabilia at SCP Auctions.
SCP Auctions has been named the new official auction and appraisal partner for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As part of their multi-year partnership, fans and collectors will be able to experience an annual auction where the Hoop Hall will benefit from the proceeds. In addition to this, SCP has become a key sponsor of festivities for the upcoming Class of 2015 Enshrinement and is a partner for the annual Family Reunion Dinner that is scheduled to take place on September 10. This year, the Hall of Fame will welcome legendary talents that include Dikembe Mutombo, Jo Jo White, and Lisa Leslie.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today that SCP Auctions has been named its official auction and appraisal partner. The multi-year partnership will feature an annual basketball-themed auction with proceeds benefitting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Since opening its doors in 1959, the Hall has operated as a non-profit organization relying on the generosity of others to preserve the legacy of the game.
Additionally, SCP Auctions has been named a Premier Sponsor for the Class of 2015 Enshrinement festivities, as well as the presenting partner of the Family Reunion Dinner during Enshrinement weekend on September 10th.
“SCP Auctions is extremely proud and excited to be the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s new auction partner,” said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions. “As one of the country’s premier sports memorabilia auction houses, we look forward to creating a great working relationship with the Hall of Fame as well as with many of basketball’s greatest legends.”
John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame added: “We are thrilled to have SCP Auctions hosting our Family Reunion Dinner during our Enshrinement Celebration weekend. It’s the perfect time to tipoff this partnership and introduce them to the 2015 Enshrinement Class, current Basketball Hall of Famers and their fans. We look forward to having SCP Auctions share their experience and expertise with the entire Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame family.”
The Hall of Fame Class of 2015 includes 39-year NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time College Coach of the Year John Calipari, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, eight-time NBA All-Star Dikembe Mutombo, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, ABA superstar Louis Dampier, early African-American pioneer of the game John Isaacs, acclaimed Australian player and coach Lindsay Gaze, 2-time NBA Champion coach with the Celtics Tom Heinsohn and Nike’s Director of International Basketball and 2013 John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Raveling.
For event details and Enshrinement ticket information, visit www.hoophall.com. -Terry Melia