Lot 86. 1981-1982 Topps Basketball Set of 66. This is the primary set of basketball cards that Topps issued for 1981-1982. There were also three regional sets (East, Midwest and West) of 44 cards each which are not part of this lot. Key cards in this set of 66 include #4 Larry Bird ex-m+, 20 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar nm, 21 Magic Johnson ex-m and 30 Julius Erving ex-m. The remainder of the set averages nm.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 89. John Wooden Autographed Book, “They Call Me Coach.” Wooden’s black sharpie signature on the dedication page of this book is gem mint 10. As a head coach, Wooden won 664 games while losing only 162. Among college basketball coaches with at least 600 victories, only Adolph Rupp has a better winning percentage. Rupp’s teams won 82.2 percent of their games; Wooden’s teams, 80.4 percent. In a 12-year span as the UCLA coach, Wooden won 10 NCAA national championships, including a record seven in a row. In one stretch, his teams won 88 consecutive games, the record for NCAA men’s basketball. The softcover book signed by Wooden has a vg-ex cover and nm pages. Wooden died in 2010 at the age of 99.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 90. Autographs of 9 Boston Celtics – 7 HoFers – on Full Magazine Photos. The signatures are nm 7 and better by Dee Brown, Dave Cowens, Tom Heinsohn, Bailey Howell, Sam Jones (personalized), Cedric Cornbread Maxwell, Don Nelson, Tom (Satch) Sanders and Bill Sharman (pers.; died 2013). The Sanders photo is b&w; the others are color. Some of the magazine pages have been slightly trimmed, and some have been folded for mailing. All but Brown and Maxwell are in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Nelson was enshrined as a coach, and Sharman, as a player and coach.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 91. Pittsburgh Condors Ashtray. Originally named the Pittsburgh Pipers, a charter member of the American Basketball Association in 1967, the team became the Pittsburgh Condors from 1970-1972. This ashtray, with a diameter of 9”, is made of heavy plastic and features a large Pittsburgh Condors logo in red, white, blue and yellow. Ex-m.
Winning Bid $68
Lot 92. The Story of the Harlem Globetrotters 1949-50 Edition Program. The program commemorates the Globetrotters’ 23rd season. Printed in a green tint, it is loaded with photos that include “Present Day Trotters,” action shots, and composites of the Globetrotters of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Ball handling great Marquis Haynes is on the front cover. Among the players pictured inside are Goose Tatum, Pop Gates and Piper Davis, who also played baseball for the Birmingham Black Barons and significantly influenced Willie Mays. Text printed neatly on the front of the program reads “Final Score Trotters-99 Elgin All-Stars 40.” Three holes have been punched through this 16-page publication near the spine, apparently to allow for placement in a binder. Punch holes aside, this scarce publication has a vg appearance.
Winning Bid $15
Lot 93. 9 Paperback Books on Basketball – Hawkins, Bradley, Histories, Etc. This collection includes biographies of Connie Hawkins and Bill Bradley. The Hawkins book is “Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story,” David Wolf, 1972, vg+ to ex. John McPhee wrote “A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of Princeton’s Bill Bradley,” 1967, vg+. The book “Basketball” by Earl Schenck Miers provides an overview of the game; 1970 or 1971 revised edition, title page apparently missing, otherwise vg+. All of the other books contain career information on players: “Rookie: The World of the NBA,” David Klein, 1973, ex. “Basketball Stars of 1971,” Louis Sabin, 1970, vg. “Basketball Stars of 1974,” Hal Bock, 1973, vg. “The Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball: 1979 Edition,” Zander Hollander, 1978 first printing, ex. “Pro Basketball: Its Superstars and History,” Hollander, 1971, vg-ex. And “Illustrated Digest of Pro Basketball: 1971-72 Edition,” Art Poretz, 1971, vg-ex.
Winning Bid $5
Lot 94. 9 Vintage Basketball Guides, a Rules Book and 2 Publications on Playing the Game. The earliest annual is the “Official Basket Ball Guide” for 1911-12 from Reach. This 224-page publication is loaded with photos and provides regional and even state coverage of college and high school basketball. Who knows? It might even contain a high school photo with your father, grandfather, great-grandfather or uncle. We found a photo of the high school team from our hometown. Vg+. Three guides are by Spalding – 1915-16, g+ with the front cover detached; 1933-34, vg; and 1938-39, tape on the spine, g-vg. A. S. Barnes Co. also produced three guides: 1943-44, g-vg; 1946-47, vg; and 1950, vg-ex hardback. The National Collegiate Athletic Bureau issued the 1961 and 1962 editions of the “Official Collegiate Basketball Record Book,” both g-vg with vg+ to ex pages. “Official 1971-72 Basketball Rules” are contained in a 64-page booklet from the National Federation of State High School Associations. It has a price sticker on the front and otherwise is ex. Ozzie Cowles of the University of Minnesota provides advice on playing basketball in the 1951-52 edition of “Basketball Hints,” a 36-page illustrated pamphlet. Vg. In “A Handy Illustrated Guide to Basketball,” Sam Nisenson offers more detailed instruction. This 1949 hardback, published without a dust jacket, is vg+. Twenty-six pages at the back contain basic drawings of and information on basketball stars and coaches.
Winning Bid $40
Lot 95. 8 NBA Guides, 2 “Pro Basketball Factbooks,” a Celtics Media Guide and More! “The Sporting News” published each “Official National Basketball Association Guide” - for 1960-61 ex, 1961-62 vg+ to ex, 1962-63 ex, 1970-71 (Chamberlain cover) vg-ex, 1971-72 (Alcindor cover) vg, 1974-75 (Havlicek and Cowens) vg-ex and 1976-77 (2) ex. The Boston Celtics’ 1981-82 media guide recognizes their 1981 NBA championship. The 168-page guide is vg-ex. The “Pro Basketball Factbooks” are for 1971-72 vg and 1973-74 ex. This group also includes two magazine-format publications, “Beckett Sports Collectibles,” May 1998 with Michael Jordan on the cover, ex, and “Beckett Vintage Sports,” Chamberlain cover, June 1977, nm.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 559. Baseball Grab Bag with Football, Basketball Too! - 1947 W.S. Ticket Stub, Autographs, Etc. This collection includes a Mets 1963 yearbook, an Al Kaline autograph, a football autograph and several basketball cards. Here is the list: 1. Ticket stub for 1947 World Series Game 2, Dodgers vs. Yankees at Yankee Stadium, g-vg. 2. 1963 New York Mets program introducing the Mets’ mascot, vg+ with writing one the schedule inside. 3. 1984 Baseball Hall of Fame yearbook, induction of Drysdale, Killebrew, Aparicio, Reese and Ferrell, vg+ to ex. 4. Al Kaline signed 8” x 10.75” color magazine photo, nm-m 8 autograph. 5. Autograph of Pittsburgh, Boston and Brooklyn outfielder Jim Russell (died 1987) on a section of paper, nm 7. 6. Cliff Floyd autograph, 2001 All-Star, large nm-m 8 to mint 9 signature. 7. Autograph of Yale Lary, Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back, mint 9 on an unlined index card. 8. 1976-77 Topps basketball card, #93 Cunningham, vg. 9. 1988-89 Fleer basketball card #11 McHale, nm. And 10. 1990-91 Hoops basketball #317 Riley, ex-m+. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $102
Lot 561. 14 College or Other School Yearbooks, 1906-38 – Nebraska, Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Etc. Nine of these yearbooks are from the 1920s or earlier. Generally, they have leather or leather-like covers and contain information on faculty and students, including photos of senior class members. Some may have autographs or names added next to individual photos. Most present excellent period artwork. For sports collectors, the 1938 University of Nebraska yearbook devotes 11 pages to football and three to basketball. With a record of 6-1-2, the 1937 Cornhuskers, covered in the 1938 yearbook, finished 11th in the Associated Press poll. Their only loss, by a 13-7 score, was on the road to the University of Pittsburgh, AP’s national champion. Vg-ex with better pages. Additional significant sports content is in three yearbooks, for 1918, 1919 and 1920, from Maryland State College, which became the University of Maryland in 1921. The 1918 yearbook, g-vg, has 14 football pages, four baseball and four basketball; 1919, vg+, six football pages, five basketball and four baseball; and 1920, vg, 20 pages on football and 16 on baseball. These editions are well illustrated. The other yearbooks are: 1906 Johns Hopkins, vg-ex, three pages on football and four on baseball; 1912 National University Law School, yearbook titled “Stare Decisis,” soft leather covers that show corner damage, ex-m pages; 1915 Georgetown University, missing covers and some pages at front and back, 12 pages on 1911-14 football, seven on 1912-15 baseball and six on 1911-12 to 1914-15 basketball; 1921 Reed College (Portland, OR), softcover, somewhat damaged covers, ex pages; 1923 National University Law School, front cover detached, back cover missing; 1925 Bliss Electrical School, vg+ to ex; 1936-37 Allentown Business College, softcover, ex; 1937 Washington College of Law, vg; and 1947 and 1949 Georgetown University School of Medicine, both ex. The Bliss Electrical School, a private, for-profit school established in 1893, is now part of Montgomery College. During World War II, it was one of six engineering schools chosen by the U.S. Navy to participate in the Electronics Training Program; it graduated more than 3,000 students.
Winning Bid $25
Lot 562. 10 Vintage Guides or Books on Track and Field, Hockey, Golf, Tennis and Running. These publications are softcovers unless otherwise noted. One of the scarcer publications is “How to Sprint” edited by Archie Hahn. This 246-page 1929 softcover is from “Spalding’s Athletic Library.” One of the best sprinters of the 20th century, Hahn won gold medals in three events at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. The book has photos of various sprinters. Vg-ex with a name written on the front cover. The “1915 Spalding’s Official Athletic Almanac” has more than 200 pages on track and field competition, swimming and boxing. It is illustrated with photos and contains information on intercollegiate and international events. No covers, vg-ex pages, content complete. Also: “The Track Events and Analysis of Correct Form,” Maj. John L. Griffith and “Potsy” Clark, 1923, from the Wilson Athletic Library, 64 pages, vg; “Constitution, By-Laws and Laws of Athletics, Inter-Collegiate Association, Amateur Athletes America,” 1902, no covers, 64 vg pages; and “The Olympic Discus: A Story of Ancient Greece,” Jan Parandowski, 1964 edition softcover, vg-ex. HOCKEY is represented by the “1952 Official Hockey Guide of the Amate4ur Hockey Association of the United States,” 262 pages with photos of many youth teams, vg. GOLF’s entry is the 1949 “Official Golf Guide,” a 256-page hardback edited by Fred Corcoran and published by A. S. Barnes & Company. Golfer of the Year Ben Hogan is on the front cover of the guide, which is vg+. Two LAWN TENNIS annuals are part of this collection, Spalding’s offering for 1919, f-g, and Wright & Ditson’s for 1934, vg. Top players are pictured in each guide. Finally, this group includes “The Complete Runner.” 1978 “from the editors of ‘Runner’s World’ magazine,” 392 pages, ex.
Winning Bid $40