Top 10: Basketball memorabilia

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10. Dr J 1976 ABA All Stars jersey - $188,321

Julius "Dr J" Erving’s 1976 ABA All Stars jersey sold for $188,321 in 2008.

It was the last All Star game held by the ABA; the league merged with the NBA the following season.

The match saw the league's leading team at the All Star break, the Denver Nuggets, face a team of ABA All Stars, who included Dr J in their roster.

Halftime saw the inaugural All Star slam dunk contest, which was won by Dr J.

9. Dr J Virginia Squires road jersey - $190,414

A Virginia Squires road jersey, worn by Erving during the 1972-73 season, sold for $190,414 at Grey Flannel Auctions in May 2011.

8. Dr J 1976 New York Nets ABA championship ring - $195,396

In the last season of the ABA, Dr J helped the Nets to the championship over the Denver Nuggets. Erving averaged 34.7 points in the finals and was named most valuable player in the playoffs.

His ring commemorating the championship sold for $195,396 at SCP Auctions in November 2011.

7. Dr J 1983 All-Star ring - $218,977

Dr J’s NBA All Star ring from the 1983 season made $218,977 at SCP Auctions in November 2011. He participated in 11 consecutive NBA All Star games between 1977 and 1987.

6. Dr J 1984 All-Star ring - $218,977

Dr J’s NBA All Star ring from the 1984 season sold for $218,977 at SCP Auctions in November 2011.

5. Dr J 1978 All-Star ring - $238,853

Dr J’s NBA All Star ring from the 1978 season made $218,977 at SCP Auctions in November 2011.

4. Dr J 1983 Philadelphia 76ers NBA Championship ring - $244,240

After years of trying, the 76ers finally won the NBA championship in 1983. Dr J was by this time 32, but was second only to Moses Malone in points per game during the season for the 76ers, averaging 21.4.

3. Dr J 1974 ABA New York Nets championship ring - $460,741

Dr J’s first ABA championship was achieved with the New York Nets in 1974, with a 4-1 victory over the Utah Stars. Erving was named the most valuable player of the playoffs.

2. 1971 ABA All Star Game watch - $500,050

A Bulova watch, awarded to a participant in the ABA All Star game in 1971, sold for $500,050 at Grey Flannel Auctions in 2008.

1. Original Basketball Rules - $4.33m

The Original Basketball Rules, written by James Naismith, sold at Sotheby’s in December 2010 for $4.33m.

James Naismith (1861-1939) was a Canadian sports coach. He created the game on December 21, 1891 at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Naismith invented basketball as an indoor sport that could be played during cold Massachusetts winters.

Naismith hoped the game would reward skill rather than strength.

 

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