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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!


The 1984 U.S. Men’s Basketball team was USA’s last amateur squad to win an Olympic gold medal, and in many circles is considered the best amateur basketball team ever. Led by future Hall of Famers Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin, and coached by the unpredictable Bobby Knight, this talented squad of 12 young men put on quite a show at the L.A. Summer Games en route to a perfect 8-0 record with an average margin of victory of more than 30 points per game. It was a level of domination not seen until eight years later in Barcelona when the 1992 “Dream Team” — with Jordan, Ewing and Mullin in the prime of their NBA careers — officially “professionalized” basketball at the Olympics.

84 jordan1SCP Auctions is proud to feature one of the most coveted artifacts from Jordan’s legendary playing career in its current Spring Premier auction: the actual shoes he wore in the ’84 Olympic Finals against Spain on August 10, 1984, at The Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, Calif. These historic sneakers are the last pair Jordan ever wore in competition as an amateur and represent perhaps his crowning athletic achievement before turning pro. A then-21-year-old Jordan led Team USA in scoring at 17.1 points per game during the ’84 Games. In the United States’ 96-65 victory over Spain to claim gold, Jordan scored a game-high 20 points while sporting these classic Converse sneakers. It would be the last time Jordan was ever seen wearing a non-Nike pair.

The white-and-navy blue trimmed shoes (size 13) are a canvas and leather mid-top design. The navy blue Converse star logo appears on both sides and again on the upper heels.  The original white laces are present and they even include MJ’s very own navy blue orthotic inserts. The shoes are well-preserved with all structural and aesthetic components perfectly intact. Game use is evident throughout, with proper heel drag, leather creasing and light scuffing. Jordan has signed both sneakers — the right shoe on the inner ankle, the left shoe on the outer ankle — with a black marker in his early, pre-NBA autograph form.

The sought-after shoes currently have a high bid of $37,978. Initial bidding closes on Saturday, June 10, at 5 p.m. PDT.                                                                                                                   -Terry Melia

SCP Auctions is proud to announce that it will be unveiling the Christian Laettner Collection as part of its Winter Premier online auction in January. More than two dozen lots chronicling Laettner’s prolific college basketball career at Duke and run with the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball “Dream Team” will go up for bid including a pair of NCAA Final Four rings Laettner earned during his freshman (1989) and sophomore (’90) seasons, respectively. Bidding will begin on Wed., Jan. 4, and run through Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017.molten1

He was the 6′ 11″ star on the Blue Devils’ back-to-back national championship basketball teams of 1991 and ’92, the school’s first two national titles in history, and is forever etched in the minds of college basketball fans by virtue of his iconic, game-winning jump shot against the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1992 NCAA East Regional Final. A four-year starter, he also made critical contributions to Duke’s runner-up finish his sophomore year and Final Four appearance his freshman year. During his senior season of 1991-92, he averaged 21.5 points per game and secured every major National Player of the Year award. Duke retired his No. 32 jersey later that year and he was subsequently enshrined in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. As the reigning National Player of the Year, Laettner was the only collegian selected to the 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team, which won the gold medal in dominant fashion by outscoring its opponents by an average of 44 points. Selected No. 3 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Laettner went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA. From 1992 to 2005, he scored a total of 11,121 points, pulled down 5,806 rebounds and made 2,224 assists.

Online bidding begins on Wed., January 4, and runs through Sat., January 21. Make sure you are registered to bid by calling SCP Auctions at 949-831-3700.                                                                -Terry Melia

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.