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
Lot 565. Magic Johnson 1991 Sports Impressions Platinum Edition 8.5” Plate. From the NBA Basketball Superstar Collector Plate Series – Set #1, the plate presents four images of the popular Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Fame star player and executive. The artwork is by widely respected sports artist Michael Petronella. The plate is mint, #4289 of 5,000, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and the original box.
Minimum Bid $10
Lot 566. Shaquille O’Neal Stated First Edition of “Shaq Attaq!” Published in 1993, this book provides Shaq’s first-person account of his inaugural season in the NBA. During that season, he became the first rookie to be voted onto the All-Star team since Michael Jordon, and he was named Rookie of the Year. In the book, he describes what it’s like to play in the NBA, what his fears and concerns are, what makes him happy, and what makes him angry. He offers his views concerning various players. He also discusses his upbringing and the importance of the work ethic he developed. O’Neal’s facsimile signature is on the third blank page at the front of the hardcover book, which is nm in an ex dust jacket. O’Neal is a member of both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
Minimum Bid $10