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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 11:30 am  |  12 responses

Red Auerbach’s Memorabilia to Be Auctioned Off

Red’s family will put his stuff — including NBA championship rings — up for auction next month. The Boston Herald has the details: “A Dallas auctioneer who sold a Lou Gehrig jersey last year for $717,000 said that the combination of Auerbach’s own legendary status and the team’s recent revival should make next month’s online auctions a slam dunk … Starting next month, SCP Auctions will put basketball memorabilia of Hall of Fame coach Arnold ‘Red’ Auerbach on the block in three Internet auctions. Items include Auerbach’s 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ring; his 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 and several humidors from the cigar-loving coach’s collection. SCP expects to raise at least $500,000 for Auerbach’s family from a three-part online sale of about 500 mementos from the team’s longtime coach and top executive.”

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  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Disgusting.

  • J.C.

    Damn, that’s a bit sad. At least now hopefully they’ll end up in more responsible hands…

  • CP3NOLA

    Heres hoping that the C’s buy all of it and keep it in good hands

  • fitzy

    what a shame

  • horsey

    the Celtics buying everything would be an unbelievably classy move…an unbelievably classy move that will never happen.

  • JackB

    Why is this disgusting? Red is dead, and the family could use the money. If someone else can get enjoyment out of the memorabilia then they should have it. I’m sure Red didn’t care about any of it and would rather be able to support his family by selling it.

  • CP3NOLA

    becuase wheres the respect for everything he did. and I’m inclined to believe he cared alot about it JackB, maybe I’m a bit biased towards the history, but for somethings you can’t put a price tag on it

  • JackB

    @CP3NOLA: No matter who owns the memorabilia that does not change the history. I know Red was proud of everything he accomplished, but he didn’t need a ring to prove that to himself.

  • Drew

    Players and coaches made peanuts compared to what they make in today’s league. You have to do what’s best for your family and at the end of the day it’s all just stuff. Some may hold more sentimental value over others, but it’s still stuff none the less. Best of luck to his family on the auction.

  • NJ4Life

    Send it to the HOF

  • Will Lee

    500k to an NBA team <<<< contract of overpaying Darko Milicic

  • Bob Knudson

    JackB: Find me a single photo of Red when he is not wearing one of his Championship rings. “I’m sure Red didn’t care about any of it” – LMAO, what a foolish thing to say. Who are you, Dorothy Auerbach? How the heck would you have any clue about such a thing? Perhaps a little more thinking and a little less posting would help. You should change your name to JackA.

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