During the 1981-82 NBA season, Julius “Dr. J” Erving led the Philadelphia 76ers back to the NBA Finals only to face the Western Conference Champion L.A. Lakers in the in the championship round for the second time in three season. And just like what happened two years earlier, the Lakers down the Sixers in six games. For the season, however, playing in 81 regular-season games, the 31-year-old Dr. J. played vintage Dr. J basketball as he tallied 24.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
This lot features a pair of his 1982 NBA Finals (vs. Lakers) dual-autographed, dated (6/8/82) and game-worn Converse All-Star shoes. In this particular game, which was Game 5, the Sixers pulled out a 135-102 victory at home behind 23 points and nine boards from Dr. J. He was second on the Sixers in scoring that night behind teammate Andrew Toney’s game-high 31. The white leather Dr. J branded (in red) model Converse shoes (size 15.5) show ample game usage with scuff marks on the side with red trim around the ankle areas. Erving has signed the sides of both shoes in blue pen and added “Dr. J” as well as the date in question: “6/8/82.” Original shoe laces remain intact.
Autographs pre-certified by PSA/DNA.
Provenance: This lot originates from a gentleman who has enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood as an agent for many well-known athletes and entertainers. His professional and personal network enabled him to amass a significant collection of memorabilia, nearly all of which was given to him directly from the athletes and entertainers themselves. All of these items are being introduced to the marketplace here for the first time. While our consignor remains anonymous, SCP Auctions will issue an LOA for each game used item attesting to its player-direct provenance.