Dr. J Scores Big At Sports Auction

Posted: November 21, 2011

AS AUCTIONS GO, it was a slam dunk.

Former Sixers star Julius Erving pulled in a record $3.5 million for 144 items from his personal collection of memorabilia.

Doctor J's treasure trove was part of SCP Auctions' November auction, which concluded yesterday.

According to SCP, Erving's 1974 New York Nets ABA championship ring netted $460,471, a record for a sports ring.

Among other items auctioned by Erving were:

* His 1983 76ers championship ring: $244,240.

* His 1983 All-Star game MVP trophy: $115,242.

* The jersey he wore in his final NBA game, a Game 5 loss to Milwaukee in the first round of the 1987 playoffs: $88,826.

* Sixers reversible practice jersey: $5,522.

* 1978 All-Star ring: $238,853.

* Game ball used to score his 25,000th career point: $92,086.

* His graduation tassel from the University of Massachusetts: $640.

* His 1968 class ring from Roosevelt (N.Y.) High: $35,801.

* Basketball signed by 14 members of the Sixers 1983 championship team: $11,262.

* His playbook from the 1976-77 season: $16,980.

The 61-year-old Erving told the Associated Press last month he planned to donate a portion of the auction proceeds to the Salvation Army.

The auction included more than just stuff from Erving's life and career. Among the more interesting items from other sports were:

* A game-worn Ted Williams Boston Red Sox road jersey: $77,820.

* The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last home run in a Yankees uniform: $403,664.

* The trunks Muhammad Ali wore in his loss to Joe Frazier in the "Fight of the Century" at Madison Square Garden in March 1971: $173,102.

* Sneakers worn by Bulls Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman in 1996 NBA Finals against Seattle: $2,257.

* A $35 check signed by the late Mickey Cochrane, who starred for the Philadelphia A's from 1925-33: $238. Mickey signed his full name: Gordon S. Cochrane.

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