Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a lot of points in his 20-year NBA career. An NBA record 38,387 to be exact, but who’s counting. Abdul-Jabbar’s final regular season game took place on April 23, 1989. He scored 10 points against the Seattle Supersonics in a 121-117 Lakers victory. Those would be the final points scored in Abdul-Jabbar’s illustrious career (excluding playoffs), and with that history in mind, he signed the game ball and inscribed with “Last Reg Season 4/89” along with his final career point total. For 33 years that game ball has been in and out of the hands of some of the most infamous memorabilia collectors, but now it’s going back up for auction, and it’s expected to sell for a lot of money.
The last time the ball went to auction it sold for over $270,000. This time around it’s expected to fetch over half a million. The ball is just one of many items that will be for sale at the MINT25 Auction, an exclusive and unprecedented collection of 25 of the greatest and most iconic artifacts in sports history. Originally scheduled for an online run from January 28-30, the auction, conducted by Lelands will now take place March 25-27 in Las Vegas.
All of these items and more are expected to receive massive interest. The complete list of lots up for bids is below: – A Michael Jordan 1998 Chicago Bulls game-worn “Last Dance Buzzer Beater” jersey (Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000). – Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls game-worn Air Jordan I sneakers from his broken foot game on 10/29/85 (Estimate: $400,000 – $500,000). – A 1986 Fleer #87 Michael Jordan Rookie Card PSA Gem MT 10 (Estimate: $300,000 – $400,000). – A 2005-06 Exquisite Collection Limited Logos #LLMU Michael Jordan Game-Used Patch Autograph – Jersey #23/50! BGS Mint 9 – Auto 10 (Estimate: $175,000 – $225,000).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 1,300 fake championship rings worth nearly $1 million through an operation conducted during the fall months at the Port of Cincinnati. Some of the items recovered included counterfeit Milwaukee Bucks championship rings and a Lombardi Trophy. Officers intercepted 56 shipments of counterfeit championship rings from October to December. A total of 1,382 rings and trophies were seized. “The cheaply made rings, which lack detail and quality, included Boston Red Sox World Series, LA Dodgers, Milwaukee Bucks, University of Kentucky Championship, and NASCAR Championship rings to name a few,” the agency said in a statement.
Two Kobe Bryant and LeBron James game-used jerseys just hit the auction block … and TMZ Sports has learned they’re so unique, they’re expected to bring in over $100K apiece. The white Bryant one is ultra-rare — it’s a “Noche Latina” Lakers uni that the Mamba wore when he played against the Bulls back in 2013. The jersey features “Los Lakers” stitched onto the front for the Latin-themed night — and, on the back, Bryant signed his name in white inside of the 2.
These are the backup tapes of every game in the NBA’s archives. The best players, iconic games and classic moments of basketball history live inside a nuclear bunker. The rare footage of Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and today’s highlights of LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo share an unlikely home 50 feet below ground. The facility, built in the 1960s by AT&T, is now operated by a data protection and disaster recovery firm called Vital Records, Inc. It stores millions of tape cartridges in a heavily controlled, intensely monitored environment meant to survive when nothing else does.
The irreplaceable corporate archives of the NBA happen to be the world’s biggest collection of basketball highlights, which is why there are backup copies in an indestructible repository, a common practice for sports leagues that preserve their history in a place they hope never comes in handy. “Everybody’s doing it,” Riemann said. “It’s just that nobody knows about it.”