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May 8, 2013 Updates

Julien’s Auctions will present historic collections including iconic pieces from the Harlan Werner Muhammad Ali Collection, the Whalen “Whaley” Monica World Series and All-Star Game collection in its entirety, and the collection of NBA Legend Elgin Baylor. Basketball will take center court when the Collection of Elgin Baylor is also offered on Friday. The exclusive collection of the eleven-time NBA All-Star, Basketball Hall of Fame inductee and L.A. Lakers legend features memorabilia from every stage of his career. Artdaily.org

Additional auction highlights include a 1980’s sideline chair from Chicago Stadium, used as part of the Chicago Bulls team bench, game used and signed by Michael Jordan; Jordan’s 1992 game worn and signed shoes; LeBron James’ 2002-03 Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School game worn uniform Artdaily.org

May 3, 2013 Updates

Lakers Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor will be auctioning off memorabilia, awards and personal items on May 31 with the help of Julien's Auctions. Baylor, whose No. 22 jersey is retired at Staples Center, is making available his 1959 All-Star Game MVP Trophy, his 1971-72 championship ring and a number of rare items accumulated over his legendary career. "I worked and played as hard as I possibly could. My college coach said just give it your best effort and then you can feel good about what you've done," Baylor told Michael Mink of Investor's Business Daily. "I was always competitive. I always wanted to win regardless of what I was doing. I would just keep going until I wore my opponent out. That was my approach," the 6-foot-5 former forward said. Los Angeles Times

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Upper Deck will be the latest company to benefit from the infinite popularity of Michael Jordan , issuing a card set that features him during his North Carolina days. Upper Deck will release just 250 sets of 23 cards of Jordan in college, four Jordan autograph cards, one replica 1982 championship ring, and two other premium cards. The set could be valued as high as $5,000. Jordan’s 1984 Star rookie card with the Bulls is valued as high as $5,000 in mint condition. Star released NBA team sets on a limited run when Topps, the main basketball card company, stopped producing cards for a decade, making the Jordan card even more valuable. Boston Globe

March 23, 2013 Updates

The NBA and the Grateful Dead have collaborated to produce t-shirts that combine the logos of various playoff teams with the legendary band’s famous artwork. The men’s shirts feature a modified version of the Grateful Dead’s signature skull logo, which appeared on the Steal Your Face album cover in 1976. A basketball design replaces the lightning bolt in the center of the skull. The women’s shirts star one of the group’s “dancing bear” figures that was included on History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice) in 1973. Both designs include team names and logos in 1970s era lettering. SI.com

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According to the SBJ article, once a plan to sell jersey ads is in place, the league must devise a way to split revenue from the ad sales among the 30 teams. A source told the magazine that league executives have yet to reach an agreement on how best to share the estimated $100 million in jersey ad revenue. “The idea of pooling a percentage of proceeds among the league’s 30 teams, sources said, is one way the league is looking to offset the wide range in the value of jersey deals between high-revenue teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers and low-revenue teams such as the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats,” according to the SBJ article. FOXSports Ohio

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LeBron James is atop the NBA's jersey-sales list once again. The Miami Heat star has the league's hottest-selling jersey, marking the third time the NBA's reigning MVP and Finals MVP has held that distinction. James was No. 4 in the most recent rankings, released in April. Since then, all he's done is win his third MVP award, a second Olympic gold medal and help the Heat win the NBA championship — the franchise's second and his first. "It's an honor to be No. 1," said James, who last had the league's best-selling jersey in April 2011. CNBC

Brooklyn's Deron Williams is No. 11, followed by Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, the Lakers' Steve Nash, Boston's Paul Pierce and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki. The list is based on sales at the NBA Store in New York and NBAStore.com from April through Nov. 26. "I give all of the credit to the fans," said James, whose Cleveland jersey topped the league sales charts in 2004. "I would also like to thank all of my supporters and the Miami Heat organization. Let's keep it going." CNBC

Tuesday morning, the NBA announced that not only have the Nets ranked seventh in merchandise sales since April, but also done so with jerseys only going on sale September 28 after JAY Z debuted them Opening Night at Barclays Center. Star point guard Deron Williams remained able to crack the Top 15 Most Popular Jerseys, ranking No. 11, sandwiched between fellow PGs Chris Paul (10) and Russell Westbrook (12). Williams, the first Nets player to make the list since Vince Carter ranked 10th in June 2007, got a kick out of the information. "It’s definitely great when people are recognizing the Nets and the move to Brooklyn," Williams said. "It’s all part of the brand, and Brett Yormark has done a great job of branding this team and getting the name out there. We’ve been more visible this year." NBA.com

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