Fall Premier Auction 2020

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New to the hobby is this vintage PSA MINT 9 autograph of basketball legend Julius "Dr. J" Erving on his Topps 1972 Rookie Card. This Erving cardboard classic is gaining momentum as one of the iconic cards in the hobby. Any signature of "The Doctor" is treasured, but especially one signed AT THE TIME, during his early ABA playing days. This is signed in sharp blue ballpoint on the front with the full Julius Erving, plus a bonus "Dr. J" also inscribed. The back of the card is also signed by Erving.

Provenance: As documented in the story The Great Autograph Hunt from the February 5, 1974 Dayton (Ohio) Journal Herald, Jack Zimmerman and his grade school buddies Tim Gallagher and Vince Martin started collecting autographs of athletes through the mail, at games and at team hotels, primarily in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas. The boys were relentless in their pursuit of baseball, basketball and football players, obtaining the stars and "commons" of the day, plus "old timers" and legends that were coaches, broadcasters or responsive through the mail. Jack was locked in on collecting from about 1968 through 1975, until pursuit of his own basketball career took priority. Jack became an All-State high school player, then had a Hall of Fame career hooping at the University of Dayton, followed by several seasons as an overseas pro, including suiting up for the prestigious Maccabi Tel Aviv club. Jack’s extensive collection was essentially put in a time capsule in 1976 and has literally followed him all over the world. We are proud to present selected treasures from Jack's collection in our Fall Premier Auction, fresh to the hobby and seeing the light of day for the first time in over 45 years!

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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,172
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Friday, December 11, 2020.
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