Springfield, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today, Goldin Auctions has been named its official auction partner. The multi-year partnership will feature an annual basketball-themed auction with proceeds benefitting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Since opening its doors in 1959, the Hall has operated as a non-profit organization relying on the generosity of others to preserve the legacy of the game.

“It is a true honor to be named the Official Auction House of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Similar to our partnerships with the Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, this relationship will empower us to help the Hall raise money and preserve the history of the sport.”

John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame added: “We are very excited to have Goldin Auctions join the Basketball Hall of Fame family. We look forward to hosting our annual auction and expect it to be a tremendous success given their expertise and reach.”

As the partnership evolves in the coming years, both parties will aim to identify additional opportunities for partnership extension. Individual Hall of Famers will have the opportunity to utilize Goldin Auctions for their own personal memorabilia sales. From October 1-27, Goldin Auctions is hosting an auction of memorabilia from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Class of 1995. A significant portion of the proceeds will go to his Skyhook Foundation, which funds educational opportunities for underserved youth.

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 Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, an Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $3.12 million, the Mike Piazza Post-9/11 home run jersey for $365,000, and the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 rookie card for a record $465,000. The company recently brought the Kareem Abdul-Jabber Collection to auction, the most impressive player collection in history. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game-worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.

About the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was born, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and celebrating the game of basketball at every level – men and women, amateur and professional players, coaches and contributors, both domestically and internationally. The Hall of Fame museum is home to more than 400 inductees and over 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Nearly 200,000 people visit the Hall of Fame museum each year to learn about the game, experience the interactive exhibits and test their skills on the Jerry Colangelo "Court of Dreams." Best known for its annual marquee Enshrinement Ceremony honoring the game’s elite, the Hall of Fame also operates over 70 high school and collegiate competitions annually throughout the country and abroad. For more information on the Basketball Hall of Fame organization, its museum and events, visit www.hoophall.com, follow @hoophall or call 1-877-4HOOPLA.