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SCP Auctions is used to setting new industry records. In its most recent 2017 Fall Premier online auction, which closed Nov. 5, the industry leader established yet another new benchmark by selling Lew Alcindor’s 1966-67 game worn UCLA Bruins home jersey for $137,849. The previous auction record for a college gamer belonged to Christian Laettner’s 1992 Duke Blue Devils home jersey which sold for $119,500 in 2014. Alcindor, after posting perhaps the most successful college basketball career in history with three consecutive NCAA titles at UCLA under head coach John Wooden from 1967 to ’69 – tournaments in which he was named the Most Outstanding Player all three years – went on to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the team’s only NBA title in just his second year in the league. A student of Islam, he would eventually change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the day after the Bucks swept the Baltimore Bullets to win the NBA title on April 30, 1971.Lew Alcindor 1966-67 UCLA Jersey

The record-setting jersey was worn by Alcindor during his first NCAA championship season. The First team All-American, after sitting out his freshman year under then-NCAA rules, dominated as a sophomore varsity starter, leading UCLA to a 30-0 record while averaging 29 points and 15.5 rebounds per game. His white durene jersey includes a straight cut tail and remains in remarkable condition. Of interesting note is the fact that during Alcindor’s freshman year (1965-66), the team wore jerseys with “BRUINS” spelled out across the front, but switched to the “UCLA” yellow on blue double tackle twill version in his sophomore year. The two-color lettering was exclusive to the 1966-67 season as the team switched to all-blue lettering the following year. Therefore, this is the one-year style worn exclusively by Alcindor and his teammates during the 1966-67 NCAA championship campaign.

The jersey was obtained in 1970 by a UCLA student who served a two-year stint as the Assistant Team Manager, working directly under Coach John Wooden. The individual received the jersey directly from the acting equipment manager. The lot included a letter of authenticity from MEARS Authentication Services with a perfect A10 grade. The buyer of the jersey wishes to remain anonymous at this time. The price includes a buyer’s premium. Full 2017 Fall Premier Auction results are available at www.scpauctions.com.                     -Terry Melia

Montage for Top Results

The online bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2017 Fall Premier auction ended early Sunday morning with Lot #1 – an original 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound “Rocky” bronze statue, one of two identical examples created by noted sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg for use in the 1982 film “Rocky III” – leading the way with a final realized price of $403,657. Next up was a rare 1966-67 UCLA home jersey worn by Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar when he was still known as Lew Alcindor during the first of his three NCAA title-winning seasons with the Bruins, which went for $137,849.Rocky Statue Up-Close

The bronze Rocky statue includes a large, engraved gold plaque on its base that reads in part: “ROCKY BALBOA Created in 1980 for the Movie ’Rocky III’ by A. Thomas Schomberg Edition #2/3.” A third copy of the Rocky Statue was created by Schomberg in 2006 and remains at the Schomberg Studios in Evergreen, Colorado.

LewAlcindor1Overall, the auction of 867 different lots brought in more than $3 million including the sale of Wilt Chamberlain’s 1971 Western Conference NBA All-Star game worn jersey for $121,304. Other top auction lots included Mel Ott’s 1948 New York Giants game worn manager’s uniform ($91,138); Michael Jordan’s 1984 dual signed and game worn Converse shoes (1 of 2 pairs) from Team USA’s gold medal run at the L.A. Summer Games ($88,644); a 1917-21 Ty Cobb H&B professional model game used bat ($75,320); John Wooden’s circa 1970’s UCLA worn coach’s jacket ($58,460); and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle #311 card graded EX MT 6 by PSA ($56,590). In June, SCP Auctions sold Jordan’s other pair of Converse shoes from the ’84 Games – the gold-medal-winning-game pair – for $190,373 to shatter the previous auction mark of $104,765 for game worn shoes.

The buyers of the items wish to remain anonymous at this time. All prices include a buyer’s premium.  Full auction results are available at www.scpauctions.com-Terry Melia

MJ Game Worn, Signed Shoes

SCP Auctions is featuring a pair of Michael Jordan’s game-used Nike shoes from 1993 in its current 2017 Fall Premier online auction. The unique acquisition of these shoes – from a former ball boy with the Utah Jazz – is a story worth telling. Now open for bidding through Sat., Nov. 4, at www.scpauctions.com, the current high bid on this particular pair of shoes is $6,430 with two days to go. They are expected to exceed $15,000 once bidding closes.

mjordanshoes1The significant pair of Jordan’s game-worn Air Jordan VII ‘Cardinal’ sneakers are from the Chicago Bulls’ thrilling 96-92 road victory over the host Utah Jazz on Feb. 1, 1993. The scene inside the Delta Center was very tense that day, not just because it pitted two of the NBA’s top teams, but mainly because Jordan had recently made disparaging comments about Salt Lake City as the host of the upcoming ’93 All-Star game. Jazz fans booed him vigorously every time he touched the ball. All that did was fire “Air Jordan” up.
Jordan even made an incredible half-court shot to beat the first half buzzer, nodding to the crowd in a sarcastic show of thanks. Chicago trailed by 20 points in the final seconds of the third quarter and were still down by 13 with six minutes left. That’s when “His Airness” took over, scoring 20 points himself in the final 8:45 and willing his team to the four-point victory. He finished with 37 points on 13-28 shooting and seven rebounds, overshadowing a 40-point effort from Jazz star Karl Malone.

The story behind the acquisition of these shoes, however, is one worth telling. Former Utah Jazz ball boy, Alex Rodriguez, who had befriended the superstar on previous trips to Utah, was working in the visitor’s locker room prior to the game and overheard Jordan asking about extra tickets to that night’s game.

“He needed two extra tickets and not even the Utah Jazz ticket manager had any left,” recalls Rodriguez. “I sat next to Jordan and told him he could have my two tickets since the ball boys each received two to every game. He was very thankful and said he wanted to buy them from me. I told him, ‘No, you can just have them.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Okay, then you can have my shoes after the game.’”

When the game ended, Jordan was swarmed in the visiting locker room. “You couldn’t even see him what with all of the reporters. Suddenly he just stood up and called over to me. He asked the reporters to move and it was like Moses parting the Red Sea. I walked up through the gauntlet of reporters and he signed the shoes and said: ‘Here, Alex. Thank you very much. You are very kind.’ I said thanks and took off with the shoes and hid them in my locker.”

The size 13 shoes are the rare Air Jordan VII ‘Cardinal’ style heavily coveted by collectors. White with red and black accents, they sport a silhouetted Michael Jordan flying in for a slam dunk embroidered in gold on each ankle. Both shoes include Jordan’s patented number “23” in raised white numbers on the heels positioned on top of a red and black triangular motif. “AIR JORDAN” is embroidered in black into both white tongues and they are both properly tagged on the interior with “920112FT2″. The shoes have each been signed by Michael on the outer rear area in black marker just below the embroidered gold silhouette. The shoes show evident court use and are properly tagged and structurally sound, with their original white laces.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com and closes on Sat., Nov. 4. Please call 949-831-3700 for info.                                                                     -Terry Melia

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SCP Auctions is proud to present an array or original works of art from the late NFL player-turned-painter Ernie Barnes as part of its current 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Each of the original pieces originates from the recently closed San Diego Hall of Champions museum and online bidding runs through Sat., November 4. Proceeds from the online auction will benefit the Hall’s ongoing awards and recognition programs, community outreach initiatives, and the Breitbard Hall of Fame, which was recently relocated to the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in Petco Park. The story of Ernie Barnes is one worth telling.

Ernie Barnes Intro PicErnest Eugene Barnes, who was born in 1938, would come to be celebrated as a great painter and charcoal illustrator, well known for his use of elongation and movement within his works. An African-American, he grew up in Durham, North Carolina and although he started at an early age, opportunities for black artists were unheard of in his youth. A self-described chubby kid, Barnes was bullied by classmates and often sought refuge in his sketchbooks, hiding in the less-traveled parts of campus. One day, young Ernest was found drawing in a notebook by the masonry teacher, Tommy Tucker, who was also the junior high school’s weightlifting coach. Tucker was intrigued with Barnes’ drawings so he asked the aspiring artist about his grades and goals. Tucker shared how bodybuilding improved his strength and outlook on life. That one encounter would change Barnes’ life. In his senior year at Hillside High School, he became captain of the football team and won a state title in the shot put. By the time he graduated, he had no less than 26 college football scholarship offers.

The six-foot-three, 250-pound Barnes went on to not only play college football and graduate from North Carolina College at Durham – where he majored in art – but made it to the AFL where he competed for five seasons (1960 to ’64) as an offensive lineman for the New York Titans, San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos. Barnes 1This up-close perspective of the game he loved would soon translate to his art.

“My drawings portray the moods and excitement of the game of football – a game that does strange things to men,” Barnes once said. “It makes them lose their heads. It makes them hate.”

In December of ‘59, Barnes was drafted by the then-World Champion Baltimore Colts. On Dec. 27, the offensive lineman watched his new team in person beat the New York Giants, 31-16, to win its second straight title. A couple of nights later, Barnes pulled out a canvas and began painting. At age 22, while at Colts training camp, Barnes was interviewed by N.P. Clark, a sportswriter for the Baltimore News-Post newspaper. Until then Barnes had always known by his birth name, Ernest. But when Clark’s article appeared on July 20, 1960, it referred to him as “Ernie” Barnes, which changed his name and life forever. As it turns out, Barnes was the last cut of the Colts’ training camp that summer. After Baltimore released him, the newly formed New York Titans immediately signed him.

In 1965 a fractured right foot ended Barnes’s pro football career and with that development he attended the NFL owners meeting in Houston with the hopes of becoming the league’s official artist. It was there he was introduced to New York Jets owner Sonny Werblin, who was intrigued by Barnes and his art. He paid for the artist to bring his paintings to New York City. They met at a gallery and unbeknownst to Barnes, three art critics were there to evaluate his paintings. The PassThey told Werblin that Barnes was “the most expressive painter of sports since George Bellows.” Werblin paid him a year’s salary to get started.

“One day on the playing field I looked up and the sun was breaking through the clouds, hitting the unmuddied areas on the uniforms, and I said, ‘That’s beautiful!’” Barnes once wrote. “I knew then that it was all over being a player. I was more interested in art. So I traded my cleats for canvas, my bruises for brushes, and put all the violence and power I’d felt on the field into my paintings.”

His work, which mostly depicts black people, is kinetic and often vividly bright. The strain of competing bodies is evident in the curves, stretches and muscular exertions of the figures. His most famous painting, “The Sugar Shack,” is a jubilant dancing scene that appeared not only on the cover of recording artist Marvin Gaye’s 1976 album “I Want You” but was also shown during the closing credits of the TV show “Good Times.” Though it’s not sports-related, it’s nonetheless a characteristic work of Barnes with its distinct vibrant tumble of bodies.

In 2009, Barnes died of complications caused by a rare blood disorder at the age of 70. In 2014, the Pro Football Hall of Fame hosted an exhibit featuring Barnes’s work. For the occasion, Bernie, his wife of 25 years, donated her husband’s prized painting entitled “The Bench” to the museum. It hangs there today, an example of Barnes’s ability to find beauty in an otherwise brutal game.

SCP Auctions is proud to present Barnes’ originals within its 2017 Fall Premier auction. Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com and initial bidding ends on Sat., Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. PDT. For more information on how to participate and take part in the bidding, please call 949-831-3700.                      -Terry Melia

SDHOC Montage

SCP Auctions is proud to announce that it will be showcasing hundreds of sports memorabilia items from the San Diego Hall of Champions (SDHOC) in its upcoming 2017 Fall Premier Auction. A total of 217 different lots from the recently closed Hall of Champions museum will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18, at www.scpauctions.com. Proceeds from the online auction, which runs through Sat., Nov. 4, will benefit the Hall’s ongoing awards and recognition programs, community outreach initiatives, and the Breitbard Hall of Fame, which was recently relocated to the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in Petco Park.

“The museum simply wasn’t a sustainable model, and closing it allows all other Hall programs to continue,” said SDHOC Executive Director Drew Moser, who cited rising costs and lack of attendance for its closure.gwynn 2919 (2)

One of the nation’s largest multi-sport museums, it boasted three levels’ worth of prized sports memorabilia displayed across 68,000 square feet. The Hall of Champions, which was located in San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park, stemmed from the concept of the Breitbard Athletic Foundation. It was the brainchild of the late Bob Breitbard, who was a classmate of legendary baseball great Ted Williams at San Diego’s Herbert Hoover High School in the mid-1930s and himself a former football player and coach at San Diego State College (now San Diego State University).

The Breitbard Athletic Foundation was founded in 1946 to recognize significant athletes and their outstanding achievements and contributions to San Diego. In addition to Williams, amazing athletes such as Tony Gwynn, Junior Seau, Bill Walton, LaDainian Tomlinson, Gene Littler, Craig Stadler, Florence Chadwick, Dave Winfield, Greg Louganis, Rollie Fingers, Graig Nettles, and many more are honored inductees to the organization’s prestigious Breitbard Hall of Fame.

One of the largest – and heaviest – items featured in this month’s auction is an exact duplicate of the famed “Rocky” bronze statue that was featured in the 1982 film “Rocky III.” Standing nearly 13 Rock1feet tall and weighing close to 2,000 pounds, the statue’s presentation includes a large, engraved gold plaque that reads: “ROCKY BALBOA Created in 1980 for the Movie ’Rocky III’ by A. Thomas Schomberg Edition #2/3 on Loan to the San Diego Hall of Champions from Robert Breitbard.” The statue is expected to fetch as much as half a million dollars or more.

Among some of the other top lots being offered are dozens of prestigious horse-racing trophies from the massive Eugene V. Klein Collection. Included in the vast assortment is the impressive 1985 Preakness Stakes Championship Trophy, which was won by “Tank’s Prospect,” a three-year-old stallion that was owned by the late Klein, who also was the former owner of the San Diego Chargers from 1966 to ‘84. Speaking of the Chargers, even though the team relocated to Los Angeles earlier this year, the history of the Bolts is captured as several pieces chronicling the team’s existence in San Diego are up for grabs including the team’s MVP award that covers more than three decades of play (1961 to ’92); its “Lineman of the Year” honors from 1971 to ’92; and its “Charger of the Year” trophy (1969 to ’75).

The San Diego Padres, meanwhile, were headlined for 20 seasons by the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn (a.k.a. “Mr. Padre”) and many of Gwynn’s milestone mementoes are being auctioned including his autographed and notated 2,915th hit baseball and his game worn and signed uniform from career hit No. 2,919. He finished his career with 3,141 hits, which remains a team record.

Other important historical pieces offered within the SDHOC Collection are turn-of-the-last-century sterling silver football trophies chronicling the city’s longstanding relationship with the armed services; cherished game worn items from Ted Williams’ distinguished baseball career; San Diego Rockets’ memorabilia from the city’s original NBA franchise that now calls Houston home; and several original oil paintings by the late Ernie Barnes, a former Chargers offensive lineman who turned out be an acclaimed artist following his NFL career.

Breitbard, the Hall of Champions’ imaginative creator and visionary who passed away in 2010 at the age of 91, left behind an incredible legacy of celebrating outstanding athletic achievement within his community.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at www.scpauctions.com beginning on Wed., Oct. 18, and closing on Sat., Nov. 4. For more information on how to participate and take part in the bidding, please call 949-831-3700 or visit www.scpauctions.com.                                                -Terry Melia

Mel Ott Collection

SCP Auctions is proud to feature various memorabilia pieces from the late Mel Ott in its upcoming 2017 Fall Premier Auction. Eight different lots from the Baseball Hall of Famer’s personal collection will open for bidding on Wed., Oct. 18, at www.scpauctions.com, and each item will be accompanied by a letter from the Ott Family. The online auction runs through Sat., Nov. 4.

ottmanager1The top Ott item to be auctioned will be his 1948 New York Giants game worn uniform from his final season of managing in the major leagues. The uniform, including jersey, pants and stirrups, was on loan to the Baseball Hall of Fame from 2013 to 2016 and comes with documentation of its time on display at Cooperstown. Other lots include his 1938 All-America Board of Baseball sweater; a pair of circa 1940 game-worn cleats; a pair of game worn pants for his managerial days with the Oakland Oaks of the PCL (1951-52); and his 1958 American League season pass in its original brown leather case.

Ott was a longtime right fielder for the New York Giants who played a total of 22 seasons (1926 to ’47). A perennial All-Star, he was selected to the National League squad 12 consecutive times from 1934 to 1945. A six-time N.L. home run champ, he finished his career with 511 round-trippers and was only the third player – and first National League slugger – to crack the magical 500 home run plateau behind fellow legends Babe Ruth and Jimmie Foxx. A career .304 hitter, Ott tallied 2,876 hits including 488 doubles and 72 triples, and drove in 1,860 runs. During the latter part of his career, Ott became a player/manager for the Giants. He served in that dual capacity from 1942 through the ‘47 season and then simply served as manager in ’48. He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1951 and served as a baseball broadcaster from 1955 to ’58. He died in 1958 following a car accident at the age of 49. Since 1959, the National League has honored its annual home run champion with the Mel Ott Award.

Bidding is open to registered bidders only at SCP Auctions beginning on Wed., Oct. 18, and closing on Sat., Nov. 4. For more information on how to participate and take part in the bidding, please call 949-831-3700 or visit www.scpauctions.com.                                             – Terry Melia

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It’s not unusual for sports celebrities to cross paths with movie stars. But what is unusual is for a movie star to get something as unusual and meaningful as this offering, which will be available in SCP Auctions’ upcoming 2017 Fall Premier auction (Oct. 4 to 21). Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, himself the star of films including “Blue Chips” (1994) and “Kazaam” (1996), started a friendship with movie legend Sylvester Stallone around the new millennium. Stallone, who made his mark on Hollywood through the blockbuster “Rocky” franchise, appreciated the friendship and posed a proposition to his larger-than-life buddy:

“I knew Shaq pretty well and I said, ‘Lets’ do a little trade. I’ll give you something from ‘Rocky’ and you give me something from your world.’ And he said, ‘OK.’ So I get this box that says ‘Sylvester Stallone’ [on it] and this gigantic ring comes out. This is his championship ring; it’s extraordinary! I’ve looked at it for many, many years and I thought, ‘Wouldn’t this be extraordinary for someone else to have who’s a real, real basketball fan?’ Thank you, Shaq!”

ss1Visually stunning, the prized ring from the Shaquille O’Neal/Kobe Bryant dynasty of the Los Angeles Lakers was presented by the 7’ 1” former center to Stallone to commemorate the franchise’s 14th NBA Championship (2002). It mirrors the design of the original one worn by O’Neal himself. The triangle theme on the ring face makes note of the team’s back-to-back-to-back trip to basketball’s mountain top, with the magnificent amethyst stone in the center bordered by the word “Back” on three sides. A total of 14 brilliant cut diamonds adorn the bezel, where raised lettering reads “Lakers World Champions.” Sixty-one yellow diamonds are set in the ring face, as are three larger triangular cut diamonds that represent each of the three league championships. “O’Neal” stands in raised lettering upon the left shank, and below that the design makes note of the team’s regular season record (58-24) as well as its playoffs mark (15-4). Right shank features the team’s logo, the year “2002,” and a tribute to the team’s mainstay broadcaster Chick Hearn (“Slam Dunk”) whose last game at the mike was the Lakers’ 2002 NBA Championship clinching 113-107 Game 4 victory over the New Jersey Nets on June 12. The ring’s interior band is engraved “SLY STALLONE” and stamped “14K.” It measures to size 13 (Shaq wears a size 17). The ring is housed inside a beautiful, hinged cherry wood presentation case with an engraved gold plaque on the lid attributing it to Stallone: “2002 WORLD CHAMPIONS LOS ANGELES LAKERS – Sylvester Stallone.” The ring, which comes from Stallone’s personal collection, reflects moderate use.

Still no word on what Stallone presented to Shaq in return.        Terry Melia

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When it comes to setting world-record prices for game-worn jerseys, shoes and uniforms, look no further than SCP Auctions. As the industry leader in that department, SCP Auctions now seeks top-grade, game-worn gear from your private collection(s) to include in its fast-approaching 2017 Fall Premier.

cardblastTreasured cardboard also remains a hot commodity in the hobby world. Whether it’s a rare, vintage 1909-11 T206 card of Honus Wagner or an escalating set of 1952 Topps Baseball, sports cards continue to appreciate at a rapid pace. In its upcoming 2017 Fall Premier, SCP Auctions is seeking your top-graded cards sets and singles as well for consignment. Check out some of the incredible prices obtained from SCP Auctions’ previous efforts! Contact SCP Auctions today by either email (info@scpauctions.com) or phone (949-831-3700)! The deadline to consign is just weeks away! You will not be disappointed with the results!

 

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The online bidding in SCP Auctions’ 2017 Spring Premier auction ended early Sunday morning and a new auction world record was set. Lot #464 – Michael Jordan’s game worn and dual signed Converse shoes from the 1984 Olympics’ gold-medal-winning-game against Spain – closed at $190,373 to shatter the previous auction record of $104,765 for game-worn shoes. The prior mark was set in 2013 for a pair of Nike Air Jordan XII shoes Jordan wore in Game 5 of the ‘97 NBA Finals.

84 jordan1“Once again Michael Jordan has set a new standard in the basketball shoe market,” said Dan Imler, SCP Auctions’ vice president. “The record-shattering price achieved for his 1984 Olympic worn shoes proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia.”

In addition to Jordan’s Olympic gamers, the online auction saw the headline-grabbing sale of a 1909-11 Honus Wagner T206 baseball card for $609,294. The sought-after card is being referred to as “The Original Wagner” based on the fact that it was the first of its kind to be featured in mainstream media (Newark Evening News) in 1930.wagner1

Overall, the auction of 723 different lots brought in $3.75 million including the sale of 20 coveted baseball items from the personal memorabilia collection of late Pittsburgh Pirates’ slugger Willie Stargell. The pieces were all consigned by Stargell’s widow, Margaret Weller-Stargell, and were led by the Hall of Famer’s 1979 National League MVP Award ($103,567) and his ‘79 World Series ring as a member of the Pirates ($82,853). Other top auction lots included a circa 1955 Heisman Trophy ($100,252); a 1933 Goudey Sport Kings framed uncut sheet of 24 cards ($82,853); and a 1979 Terry Bradshaw Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn helmet gifted to Willie Stargell ($65,007).

The historic Jordan sneakers are the last pair he ever wore in amateur competition and represent perhaps his crowning achievement before turning pro. A baby-faced, 21-year-old Jordan led Team USA in scoring during the ’84 Games (17.1 points per game) and scored a game-high 20 points in the United States’ 96-65 victory over Spain to win the gold while sporting these classic Converse shoes. It marked the last time MJ was ever seen wearing a non-Nike pair.

The buyers of the items wish to remain anonymous at this time. All prices include a buyer’s premium.  Full auction results are available at www.scpauctions.com.                                                                     -Terry Melia

4 of 13 - SGC Graded

George Mikan was the NBA’s first big man. Standing 6’ 10” tall, the late Basketball Hall of Famer helped redefine the center position during his glory years playing for the Minneapolis Lakers. Mikan broke the mold, so to speak, and along with his emergence as the NBA’s top draw during the league’s early days, regional distributions of the man’s likeness were being distributed for the team’s growing legion of fans. One such offering came in the early ‘50s by way of Scott’s Potato Chips of Minneapolis.

4 of 13 Card Backs - SGC GradedSince May 24th, an incredibly rare complete set of all 13 cards from the seldom seen 1950-51 Scott’s Potato Chip regional issue featuring players from the defending NBA World Champion Minneapolis Lakers has been up for bid at SCP Auctions. The card fronts feature a black-and-white drawing of each player set against a light blue background with a facsimile autograph below. A prominent Scott’s logo is also placed on the front of each card. The card backs boast detailed biographies along with an ad for obtaining game tickets and possibly even a signed team photo of the Lakers. It was an early example of a basketball redemption card operation but not a program true card collectors would ever embrace. Nevertheless many youngsters at that time turned their cards in for some of these prizes thus making the population of cards that may have survived even smaller. All cards within the offered set have been graded by SGC including the only card of Bobby Doll that’s ever been analyzed by the company. It’s the highest graded set on the SGC Registry.

“This set is the definition of rare,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “These cards were only distributed in Minneapolis some 70 years ago and only through potato chip bags, so you can imagine there’s just not that many around.”

Mikan 1In the case of the sought-after Mikan #9 card, the front shows a drawing of Mikan in the same pose that was used for his coveted 1948 Bowman card where he is running and leaning a bit to the right as he dribbles a basketball. The back of the card includes this informational nugget about Mikan: “The key to his success is sleep. He gets 12 hours a night.”

The set is currently nearing $8,000 with less than a week to go in the bidding. A single of just the Mikan card, graded EX 5.5 by PSA, is also being offered as a separate lot and is currently at $3,897. Online bidding closes on June 10 at www.scpauctions.com.   –Terry Melia