The Detroit Pistons announced today a special online memorabilia auction for unique collectable items, furnishings and equipment housed inside The Palace beginning July 11th at 10 a.m. ET at www.ownpalacehistory.com. A portion of all sale proceeds with benefit the Detroit Pistons Foundation. Available collectibles include a 16-foot Pistons hand-sewn banner, vinyl wall murals of Pistons’ all-stars, photos celebrating Detroit Pistons NBA Championship teams and legends, Pistons logos and other arena signage, used player lockers, the Pistons’ official locker room doors and more.
“We’re excited to provide fans an opportunity to own a piece of The Palace’s rich history and this auction will include items that celebrate the great basketball and entertainment moments celebrated inside the historic venue,” said Charlie Metzger, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer for the Detroit Pistons. “Countless memories were made at The Palace and we want to give fans the prospect of owning a tangible piece of that special history.” More than 3,000 items, including arena seats, will be for sale as part of five individual online sales categories commencing sequentially from July through September.
Hall of Famer Charles Barkley’s signature is carrying major weight at Panini America. The world’s largest sport and entertainment collectibles company is selling a black Spalding replica basketball with Barkley’s autograph with “NBA MVP 93” inscription in silver metallic ink for $1,099.99.
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo sent a signed jersey to Olympiacos Piraeus and former Greek national team teammate Vassilis Spanoulis. Spanoulis shared his Bucks #34 jersey with his Instagram followers. “Thanks for the jersey friend!!!! It’s an honor and pride for all of us to watch you play and represent our country,” Spanoulis wrote with a couple of related emojis.
When they learned about a burglary that took place in February at Parramore’s Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture, where Magic memorabilia was stolen, the team quickly sprang into action and lent a helping hand. Although extremely disheartened about the incident, the Magic saw an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. Not only did they help repair the damage from the break-in, the Magic replaced the stolen items, which included Nick Anderson and Otis Smith jerseys and sneakers, with even more mementos.
The new Magic exhibit, featuring autographed Grant Hill and Vince Carter jerseys, a Dwight Howard signed basketball and dunk contest photo, a 30th anniversary framed poster and several other team keepsakes, was unveiled on Thursday. “It’s important that we have a presence here, but it’s more important that this museum continues to function as a very important part of our community,” Magic Vice President of Social Responsibility Linda Landman Gonzalez said. “So we’re very happy to be allowed to come back and replenish what was stolen and at the same time it’s always great to come back and see what treasures are here at the museum.”
Luka Doncic’s mom Mirjam Poterbin traveled to Croatia using the opportunity to visit the Drazen Petrovic Memorial Center and gift her son’s jersey along with Dirk Nowitzki’s to the late player’s mom Biserka Petrovic. Drazen Petrovic has had an enormous influence on the basketball world and especially on the European youth. He has been one of Doncic’s role models and this isn’t the first time for Luka’s jersey to end up in the Museum. His Real Madrid EuroLeague Final Four jersey is already exhibited there next to Goran Dragic’s – who chose to wear number 3 on his back just as Petrovic did.