Laguna Niguel, Calif. (February 21, 2013) - SCP Auctions is proud to announce the featured collections in their upcoming spring auction beginning Wednesday, April 10. The offering will include prominent items from NBA great John Havlicek and MLB all-stars Steve Garvey, Rollie Fingers and Bret Saberhagen.
"We have had the honor in past auctions to offer many personal collections from some of the greatest players in sports history," said Dan Imler, Vice President of SCP Auctions, "but never before has there been a single auction that has included more incredible collections with direct player provenance. It is our privilege to honor the legacies of John Havlicek, Rollie Fingers, Steve Garvey, Bret Saberhage through the presentation of their historic memorabilia items to fans and collectors worldwide."
Havlicek played 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles. A 13-time NBA all-star, Havlicek is among the most decorated and admired basketball players in college and NBA history. Havlicek's collection, arguably one of the most important and comprehensive basketball player collections ever brought to market, includes:
- 1963 Boston Celtics World Championship Ring
- Personal "NBA 50 Greatest Players" Autographed Lithograph (Havlicek 1/1)
- Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Enshrinement Award
- 1960s Signed Boston Celtics Home White Fleece Game Worn Warm-Up Jacket
- 1966 Signed NBA All-Star Game-Worn Jersey and Shorts
- 1962 Ohio State University Worn Letterman Jacket
- June 6, 1976 NBA Finals Game 6 (Championship Clinching) Game Ball
- His 13 NBA All-Star Rings (1966-78)
- 1960 Ohio State NCAA National Championship Watch
- 1978 Boston Celtics Retirement Trophy
"I have been so blessed throughout my athletic career to be supported by the most wonderful fans," said Havlicek. "In addition to my teammates and coaches, the fans have been a constant source of inspiration and I attribute much of my success in basketball to them. I am proud to share some of my personal career mementos with fans and collectors and hope they derive much joy from these items. My family and I wish to thank everyone for his or her continued support."
Garvey, a 10-time All Star and 1974 National League MVP, was one of baseball's most popular and durable players during one of baseball's greatest eras. A complete player, the 1970s-80s baseball icon was the heart and soul of the Dodgers' 1981 World Championship team.
"I have been blessed to win a number of awards and be involved in numerous historical baseball moments over my 20-year career with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres," said Garvey. "I feel it's time to share several pieces of history with those fans who inspired me to those wonderful achievements.
"This past fall I was thrown a nasty curve and battled prostate cancer. I decided on a radical prostectomy operation at UCLA, and through God's grace it went well. I will continue to monitor my progress, but will now dedicate a significant amount of time and resources to prostate awareness. Through SCP Auctions, the Garvey family will also continue to share our great love for baseball by donating time and dollars to youth baseball programs."
Items from the Garvey collection include:
- 1974 National League Most Valuable Player Award
- 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series Championship Ring
- 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship Ring
- 1978 Los Angeles Dodgers National League Championship Ring
- 1974 National League Gold Glove Award
- 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Miniature World Series Trophy
- Historic 1984 NLCS Game 4 Walk-Off Home Run Bat Inscribed by Garvey (Voted Greatest Moment in San Diego Sports History)
- 1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Trophy
- Nine Major League Baseball All-Star Rings
- 1982 Signed Last Los Angeles Dodgers Game-Worn Warm-Up Jacket
Fingers, one of the greatest relief pitchers of all-time, was a key member of the Oakland A's teams that accomplished the first modern-day "three-peat," winning the World Series in 1972, 1973 and 1974. In 1974, he was awarded the World Series MVP Award after earning two saves and one win. He won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1981 while with Milwaukee Brewers. In 1992, Fingers was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
"I have had almost all of my awards and memorabilia now for over 40 years and have enjoyed displaying them in my home," said Fingers. "I've decided now to let the fans of baseball and collectors enjoy them and display them proudly. I've had so many wonderful years of playing this great game of baseball with the A's, Padres, and Brewers and have had the honor of playing with 10 future Hall of Famers during my career. I hope the winning bidders enjoy these awards as much as I did earning them."
Highlights from Fingers' collection include:
- 1981 Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award
- 1973 Oakland A's World Series Championship Ring
- 1981 Cy Young Award for the American League Most Valuable Pitcher
- 1958 Roger Maris Kansas City A's (Second Year) Game-Worn Road Jersey Acquired by Rollie Fingers in A's Rookie Training Camp
- 1972, 1973, and 1974 Oakland A's Full-Size World Series Trophy
- 1974 World Series Most Valuable Player Award Plaque
- 1980 National League Relief Pitcher of the Year Ring
- 1981 American League Relief Pitcher of the Year Ring
- 1980 and 1981 MLB's Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award
- 1964 Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie Training Camp-Worn Jersey
Saberhagen, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, was the youngest player in history to win pitching's most prestigious honor. The Kansas City Royals ace also earned 1985 World Series MVP honors, was a three-time all-star and Gold Glove winner.
"It is a pleasure to have SCP Auctions put up my personal collection and other items I have collected over my career," said Saberhagen. "As much fun as it was playing the game I love, it's great to know that my memorabilia will go to someone who loves it as much as I did earning it. It's also great that a portion of the proceeds will go to make a difference in the lives of youth through the The Bret Saberhagen Make a Difference Foundation."
His collection will include:
- 1985 American League Cy Young Award for Outstanding American League Pitcher
- 1985 Kansas City Royals World Series Championship Ring
- 1989 Cy Young Award for Outstanding American League Pitcher
- 1985 World Series MVP Trophy
- 1985 Babe Ruth Award Plaque for Most Outstanding Player of the 1985 World Series
- 1989 Signed American League Gold Glove Award (Cy Young Year)
- 1985 Gold Rolex Watch Presented by Puma for Winning World Series MVP and Cy Young Award
- August 26, 1991 No-Hitter Game-Worn Kansas City Royals Home Jersey
- 1989 Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year Award
- 1989 Signed Kansas City Royals Game-Worn Home Jersey (Cy Young Year)
- 1985 Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year Award
Bidding will be open to registered bidders on Wednesday, April 10 and conclude on Saturday, April 27. The auction will be conducted online at SCPAuctions.com. For more information on how to participate, visit www.scpauctions.com or call (949) 831-3700.