Laguna Niguel, Calif. (March 14, – 2011) – The personal basketball memorabilia collection of Hall of Fame coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach will be auctioned in three successive internet auctions presented by SCP Auctions, it was announced. The first part of the substantive collection representing Auerbach's extraordinary professional life will be a part of the April 2011 auction. Bidding will open to registered bidders on www.scpauctions.com Friday, April 15 and conclude Saturday, April 30.
Items up for auction include Auerbach's 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ring; his personal Boston Celtics championship rings from 1962, 1974, 1976 and 1981; his first contract to coach the Celtics signed by Auerbach and team owner Walter Brown in 1950; his 1957 Celtics satin warm-up jacket, and his 1,000th career win trophy presented to him on Feb. 13, 1966 at Boston Garden (with related photo).
"SCP Auctions is honored to represent the Red Auerbach estate," said SCP Auction's President David Kohler. "Mr. Auerbach is among the greatest legends in professional basketball history, and this auction is a remarkable opportunity for collectors and fans to celebrate his legacy."
- Other Auerbach items included in the April 2011 auction include:
- Auerbach's 1957 Boston Celtics NBA Championship ring worn by his wife Dorothy
- 1950 Bob Cousy game-worn rookie jersey from Auerbach's personal collection
- Auerbach's presentational cigar humidor from the 1954-55 Boston Celtics with engraved team signatures
- Leprechaun papier mache statue identified by Auerbach as "The Original Celtics Leprechaun" that was displayed in his Boston office
- Auerbach's 1958 NBA East-West All-Star Game trophy (game-winning coach)
- Auerbach's 1958-59 World Champion Boston Celtics vintage team-signed basketball, including Walter Brown's signature
- Auerbach's 1960 Coach of the Century trophy from Boston Celtics Fan Club
For more than half a century, Auerbach was the personification of professional basketball's greatest dynasty, the Boston Celtics. In two decades of National Basketball Association coaching, the combative, competitive and inspiring Auerbach won 938 games, a record when he retired in 1966, as well as a then record nine NBA championship titles. Auerbach built three distinct Celtics championship teams: the dominating group that won all but one title in the 1960s, a second team that won two titles in the 1970s, and a third that won three championships in the 1980s. (more) 2-2-2
RED AUERBACH'S PERSONAL BASKETBALL MEMORABILIA TO BE AUCTIONED
Auerbach was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969 and, in 1980, he was recognized as the greatest coach in NBA history by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America. That same year, he was inducted a second time into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his total contributions to the game. His coaching achievement is recognized annually with the awarding of the Red Auerbach Trophy to the NBA's Coach of the Year.
After retiring from coaching in 1966, having won his eighth consecutive NBA title and ninth overall, Auerbach served as Celtics team president and GM for another 14 years and as the president solely from 1984-1997 and again from 2001 until his death in 2006.
SCP Auctions, Inc., has been a leader in auctions and private sales of important sports memorabilia and cards since 1979. The Southern California-based firm has handled some of the most significant individual items and prominent collections in their field, such as the record-setting sale of the T206 Honus Wagner card graded PSA 8 (sold for $2.8 million), Babe Ruth's bat used to hit the first home run in Yankee Stadium (sold for $1.265 million), The original 1919 Contract of Sale of Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees (sold for $996,000), and the private collections of Hall of Famers such as Honus Wagner, Tony Lazzeri, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Casey Stengel, Pee Wee Reese, and Ernie Banks. For more information, visit www.scpauctions.com or call (800) 350-2273.