Lot 13. 1997 WNBA Phoenix Mercury Signed Basketball - Lieberman, Miller, 12 More. The 1997 season was the first for the Women’s National Basketball Association. Cheryl Miller coached the Phoenix team, and Nancy Lieberman was its most recognizable star. Lieberman is now a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Miller was inducted into the Naismith HoF in 1995; four years later, she was in the inaugural class of the Women’s HoF. In addition, in 2010, in recognition of her international accomplishments, she was enshrined in the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Hall of Fame. During the 1997 season, Phoenix won the WNBA Western Conference title but lost to New York Liberty in the playoff semifinals. Miller autographed the panel of the Spalding full-sized basketball that presents the WNBA logo. She shares the panel with Steve Smith, the team’s assistant coach. Both signatures are mint 9 to gem mint 10. Signing as “Nancy Lieberman-Cline” and adding her uniform number, Lieberman and teammate Desma Thomas placed large, bold gem mint 10 autographs on another panel. Other signatures are by Tia Jackson and Jennifer Gillom, both gem mint 10; Tara Williams and Toni Foster, nm 8; Miko Hagiwara, mint 9, and Monique Ambers, nm 7; Umeki Webb and Bridget Pettis, mint 9; and Michele Timms and Marlies Askamp, nm-m 8 to mint 9. In addition, Smith, the assistant coach, single-signed a panel; the autograph is gem mint 10. Foster finished the season among the WNBA’s top 10 in rebounds, steals, blocks and field goal percentage. Gillom ranked among the top 10 in free throw percentage, field goals, points and points per game. And Timms was among the leaders in three categories – steals, assists and minutes per game. At age 39, Lieberman was the oldest player in the league; she missed much of the season with injuries. Miller subsequently served as sports reporter for TNT and other media. She is now the women’s head basketball coach California State Los Angeles. Generally regarded as one of the top contributors to U.S. women’s basketball, Lieberman served as a coach and general manager in the WNBA, as an assistant coach in the NBA and, more recently, as a broadcaster with the New York Pelicans. Timms and Gillom are members of the Women’s Basketball. Timms is also in FIFA Hall of Fame.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 463. 23 Vintage Autographs - 22 by NFL Stars (14 by HoFers) and 1 by an ABA Star. Mack Calvin is the basketball player. After being a five-time All-Star in seven seasons in the American Basketball Association, he journeyed through the NBA for four more. His pencil autograph is mint 9 on an unlined index card. Almost all of the football signatures are on postcards mailed in 1958 or 1959. Eleven of the autographs (five by HoFers) are personalized (p). Most have tape on the card (c), and five (four by HoFers) have tape over part of the signature (s). Here are the Hall of Fame signers: Doug Atkins (died 2015, p, s), Chuck Bednarik (d. 2015, p, c), Raymond Berry (p), Len Dawson (s), Mike Ditka (c), Lou Groza (d. 2000, c), Sam Huff (c), John Henry Johnson (d. 2011, c), Ollie Matson (d. 2011, card trimmed, (p, c), Don Maynard, (s), Hugh McElhenny (c), Ernie Stautner (d. 2006, p, s), Yale Lary (d. 2017, c) and Steve Van Buren (d. 2012). The other players are Rick Casares (died 2013, p, s), Don Chandler (d. 2011, c), Jim Dooley (d. 2008, p, c), Joe Fortunato (d. 2017, p, c), Pete Retzlaff (d. 2020, p, c), R. C. “alley oop” Owens (d. 2012, p, c), Del Shofner (d. 2020, p, c), and Norm Snead (signature on an unlined index card). The autographs are generally nm-m 8 or better. Fortunato’s, in pencil, is light but completely readable.
Winning Bid $50
Lot 552. 1981-82 Topps Basketball Complete Set of 198 Cards with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. This set includes the 66-card base set and East, West and Mid-West subsets, each consisting of 44 cards. Key cards are #4 Bird nm, 20 Abdul-Jabbar Mint, 21 Johnson ex-m, 30 Erving nm, 74 (Mid-West) Laimbeer rookie nm-m, 75 (East) McHale rookie nm, 101 (East) Bird Super Action nm-m and 109 (West) Johnson Super Action nm. The ungraded cards are generally nm or better.
Winning Bid $273
Lot 553. 46 Topps Basketball Inserts – Rulers, Posters and Team Posters. Among these collectibles are six 1969-70 “Rulers”: #2 West vg+, 18 Johnson (2) both ex, 20 Monroe vg-ex, 21 Cunningham ex and 22 Unseld g. There are seven 1970-72 Player Posters: #9 p-f, 11 ex-m, 12 Bob Rule with Bill Russell in the background vg+, 14 f, 19 (2) one ex and the other vg, and 22 Hawkins p. Thirty-two inserts make up two sets of Topps Team Posters, and there is one extra poster. These posters average ex-m. Key posters are the Boston Celtics (2) one ex-m+ and one ex+, and the Los Angeles Lakers ex-m+.
Winning Bid $125
Lot 555. 7 Uncut Sheets of Seattle Supersonics Cards – 1979-80 and 1983-84 Police, 1990-91 Smokey Bear. Each sheet consists of 6 cards. Coca-Cola, Kiwanis International and Rainier Bank joined the Washington State Crime Prevention Association in sponsoring the 1979-80 set, which includes Jack Sikma, Paul Silas, Dennis Johnson and Coach Lenny Wilkens. The unperforated 10.5” x 16.5” sheet grades vg-ex, with a crease on the Wilkins card. The Sikma and Johnson cards have the potential for high grades if carefully removed from the sheet. Ernst Hardware replaced Rainier Bank as a sponsor of the 1983-84 set, which also is unperforated and uses the same format as the 1979-80 sheet. It features Wilkens, Sikma and Tom Chambers. The sheet is vg-ex, and the Sikma card had the potential for a high grade. This collection includes five 1990-91 Supersonics Smokey Bear uncut sheets, which are perforated and approximately 10” x 14”. Key cards are of K. C. Jones, the coach, Gary Payton, Nate McMillan, Xavier McDaniel and Shawn Kemp. One sheet has a perforation split half way between two cards. Otherwise the sheets grade ex to ex-m.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 556. 1988 Fleer Basketball Unopened Wax Pack. This pack contains 12 cards, possibly including rookies of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Reggie Miller and John Stockton, and such established stars as Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. The pack is tightly sealed as new with strong corners and free of any tears or punctures. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 557. 6 Unopened High-Grade Packs of Basketball Cards – 1989 and 1990 Fleer, Plus Skybox, Hoops, Flair. One Fleer pack for 1989 is offered, and two for 1990. Each contains 15 cards. Stars of the 1989 set are Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Jordan, Johnson and the Vlade Divac rookie are among the key cards in Fleer’s 1990 issue. The Skybox Inaugural Edition foil pack is from 1990, and the Hoops pack, from 1989; each contains 15 cards. There also is a 1994 Flair limited edition box of 10 USA Basketball cards. These packs are all like new. Nm-m to Mint.
Winning Bid $35
Lot 558. 1990 Fleer Basketball Wax Box with 36 Sealed Packs Plus the 1990 Update Set. This box potentially contains high-quality cards of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson. It has been on our shelves for more than 30 years. One side of the box is faded from fluorescent lighting. The packs are undisturbed. The set comprises 198 cards; the packs hold 540. The update set of 100 has rookie cards of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members Gary Payton and Drazen Petroivic and such veteran stars as Alex English, Derrick Coleman and Sam Perkins. The update box is open, and the cards are nm-m to mint.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 559. 1997 Phoenix Mercury Team Poster Signed by HoFer Nancy Lieberman and 15 Other Team Members. The poster, which is ex-m, if from the team’s first season in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). This team reached the NBA Playoffs. Nicknamed “Lady Magic,” Lieberman is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. The 11” x 16.75” poster also has the signatures of Michele Timms, a member of the Women’s Basketball and FIFA Halls of Fame, and Jennifer Gillom, enshrined in the Women’s Basketball HoF. Other signers are Desma Thomas, Bridget Pettis, Tia Jackson, Umeki Webb, Tara Williams, Steve Smith (assistant coach), Carolyn Griffiths (head trainer), Onawa Miller (assistant trainer), Mikiko Hagiwara, Marlies Askamp, Monique Ambers, Toni Foster and Jae Staats (video coordinator). The autographs are nm-m 8 to gem mint 10.
Winning Bid $10
Lot 560. Bob Cousy Autograph and Display. In a 13-season Hall of Fame career with the Boston Celtics, Cousy was a 13-time All-Star, six-time NBA champion, 1957 NBA MVP, a 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and more. He was also an All-American at Holy Cross. He is generally regarded as the first great point guard in the NBA. In 1971, Cousy was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame. His autograph is mint 9 on a 3.25” x 3” section of paper promoting his book “Basketball Is My Life.” It is matted and framed to 21.25” x 17.25” with a 7.5” x 9.5” black & white photo of him and a large Boston Celtics logo.
Minimum Bid $25
Lot 561. Dennis Johnson Vintage-Signed 8” x 10” B&W Photo. Exceptional Celtics photo boldly signed. Johnson was part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2010 class. He died unexpectedly in 2007 of a heart attack at the age of just 52. His autograph, which is mint 9, is scarce on an image!
Winning Bid $25
Lot 562. George Mikan Autograph on an NBA 1949-50 Record Book. Known as “Mr. Basketball” and a Hall of Fame member, Mikan is generally regarded as one of basketball’s greatest players. At 6’ 10” tall and playing professionally from the mid-1940s to mid-1950s, he was the game’s first big man. He was a founder of the American Basketball Association and served as its commissioner. He died in 2005. His Sharpie signature is strong and nm-m 8. Although several letters are against a dark background, they are fully legible. The signature comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Baseball Dreams and a notation that Mikan signed the record book in January 1998 in Arizona.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 563. 1977-78 NBA Champion Washington Bullets 11”x14” B&W Nicely Signed Team Photo. Coach Dick Motta and eight players, including three Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members, placed mint 9 to gem mint 10 signatures on this nm-m photo. The HoF signers are Wes Unseld (died 2020), Elvin Hayes and Bob Dandridge. The photo is autographed also by Larry Wright, Kevin Grevey, Phil Chenier, Tom Henderson and Joe Pace. In the 1978 NBA Championship series, the Bullets defeated the Seattle Supersonics in seven games. Unseld with the MVP.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 564. Basketball Books Signed by 10 HoFers – Abdul-Jabbar, Bradley, Cousy, Hawkins, Robertson, Etc. All hardbacks. Six books are signed by players, and four, by coaches. Autographs are on the title page unless otherwise noted. Player-signed Books – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance,” 2007 first edition, nm-m book, ex-m+ dust jacket, “Abdul Jabbar” gem mint 10 autograph on the author page facing the title page, foreword by Quincy Jones. Bill Bradley, “Life on the Run,” 1976 apparent first edition, vg-ex book, g dust jacket, mint 9 to gem mint 10 autograph. Bob Cousy, “Cousy: His Life, Career, and the Birth of Big-Time Basketball” by Bill Reynolds, 2005, nm-m book, ex-m dj, mint 9 autograph with “Best Regards” above. Connie Hawkins (died 2017), “Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story” by David Wolf, 1972 stated first edition, vg+ to ex book and dust jacket, gem mint 10 signature. Oscar Robertson, “The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game,” 2003, nm-m book, nm dj, gem mint 10 autograph on the first title page with “4/12/08” added. Coach-signed Books – John Calipari, “Refuse to Lose” with Dick Weiss, 1996 stated first edition, nm+ book, ex-m dj, gem mint 10 autograph, foreword by Rick Pitino. Pete Carril, “The Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril,” with Dan White, nm-m book, nm dj, nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature. John B. McLendon, Jr. (d. 1999), “Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association” by Terry Pluto, 1990, nm book, vg+ to ex dj, gem mint 10 signature. Ray Meyer (died 2006; 2 books), “Ray Meyer: America’s #1 Basketball Coach” by James Enright, 1980 stated first printing, nm-m book, vg+ to ex dj, mint 9 personalized and dated autograph on the flyleaf. And “Coach” by Ray Meyer with Ray Sons, 1987 apparent first edition, ex-m book with a very small scuff on the back cover, vg+ dj, mint 9 autograph with this addition: “Enjoy the book! Good luck & good health to you!” IMAGES OF THE AUTOGRAPHS NOT SHOWN ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
Winning Bid $132