RUNNEMEDE, NJ - February 5th 2020 - As part of Goldin Auctions' partnership with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the original official Hall of Fame portraits that were formerly on display at the dome-shaped exhibition hall since as early as 2002 are now available for auction. These are the very portraits that hung on display at the Hall of Fame when the athletes were inducted are the equivalent of the Hall of Fame plaques that hang in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and capture the essence of each legendary player. However, with the Class of 2018, the space around the third floor of the dome where the original portraits were displayed, had been used up and the Class of 2018 portraits were displayed in a different spot. To adjust for the needed space, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame embarked on a $30 million renovation where all enshrined players would be housed in a different area and show the players in a digital form with more information at the ready. With new renovations already underway, these official portraits were removed and are now being made available to the public exclusively through Goldin Auctions.
"This is undoubtedly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own basketball history from the very place that celebrates and honors the greatest basketball players and contributors of the sport" said Ken Goldin, the founder and CEO of Goldin Auctions.
The portraits available in the current 2020 Winter Auction include Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Bob Cousy, Pete Maravich, Rick Barry, "Dr. J" Julius Erving, Isiah Thomas, Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O'Neal.
The auction is currently open for bidding and ends Saturday February 22nd.
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $700 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions sold a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, Babe Ruth's 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000, and the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky PSA GEM MT 10 rookie card for a record $465,000. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. Goldin Auctions is the official auction partner of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.