As a player, coach and executive, Auerbach won 938 games and 9 NBA championship titles. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1969 and named the greatest coach in NBA history by the Professional Basketball Writers Association of America in 1980. The same year, Auerbach was also inducted into the Basketball HOF a second time for "his total contributions to the game." In an annual honor of Aeurbach's coaching greatness, the NBA awards its Coach of the Year the Red Auerbach Trophy.
“SCP Auctions is honored to represent the Red Auerbach estate,” said SCP Auction’s President David Kohler in a news release shared with JewishSportsCollectibles.com. "Mr. Auerbach is among the greatest legends in professional basketball history, and this auction is a remarkable opportunity for collectors and fans to celebrate his legacy.”
The first of three sales featuring Auerbach's personal items begins with the SCP Auctions' April auction. Bidding for the initial sale runs from Friday, April 15 through Saturday, April 30.
Among the many items on the block in April will be:
- Auerbach’s 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ring.
- His personal Boston Celtics championship rings from 1962, 1974, 1976 and 1981.
- Auerbach’s first contract to coach the Celtics signed by Auerbach and team owner Walter Brown in 1950.
- His 1957 Celtics satin warm-up jacket.
- Auerbach’s 1,000th career win trophy -- presented to him on Feb. 13, 1966 at Boston Garden.
- His 1957 Boston Celtics NBA Championship ring worn by his wife Dorothy.
- A 1950 Bob Cousy game-worn rookie jersey from Auerbach’s personal collection.
- Auerbach’s presentational cigar humidor from the 1954-55 Boston Celtics, with engraved team signatures.
- A leprechaun papier mache statue, identified by Auerbach as “The Original Celtics Leprechaun” that was displayed in his Boston office.
- Auerbach’s 1958 NBA East-West All-Star Game trophy.
- His 1958-59 World Champion Boston Celtics vintage team-signed basketball, including Walter Brown’s signature.
- And, Auerbach’s 1960 Coach of the Century trophy from Boston Celtics Fan Club.
Jewish basketball collectors, do you plan to participate in the Auerbach auction? If so, what will you be bidding on?
If you're not going to going to be bidding, and money were no object, which of the featured Auerbach items above most intrigues you and why?
Memorabilia photos courtesy of SCP Auctions.