Welcome to the online catalogue for the April 2022 Premier Live Internet Auction. This exclusive live auction (lots 1-602a) will feature over 600 lots of cards and memorabilia. The live auction will begin at 12:00pm ET on Friday, April 22nd. The auctioneer generally sells 75 lots per hour in numerical order per the catalogue beginning at lot 1. Items within the online only section of the auction, lots 603-end, will close on Friday, April 22nd at 10pm ET with bidding continuing for 30 minute intervals, phone bidding will not be available for lots 603-end.
Online pre-bidding for lots 1-602a ends Thursday, April 21st at 10:00pm ET. Pre-bids/ceiling bids left at huntauctions.com will be executed during the live auction on April 22nd. After online pre-bidding closes on our website, the auction will move to the live format, with bidding available via telephone, absentee, and online interactively via Invaluable (see below). If you wish to phone bid during the Live Auction please call 610-524-0822 or email email@example.com before April 21st. Please note, you do not have to pre-bid in order to bid during the live auction.
If you have any trouble bidding on auction day, April 22nd, please call our office at 610-524-0822 so we can assist you as quickly as possible.
Live Interactive Online Bidding will be available to all registered Hunt Auctions bidders for Lots 1-602a.
This bidding platform will provide Hunt Auctions bidders the ability to participate with real time interactive online bidding during the live auction. The interactive bidding will be powered by Invaluable and may be accessed via a link that will be available closer to the date of the auction. Bidders must have a valid Hunt Auctions username and current email address to bid interactively online during the auction. Please note, unless you have already received premiere bidding status and plan to bid live online for item(s), $20,000 is the total bidding limit, you will need to be preapproved as such.
Hunt Auctions is honored to present the second offering from the personal collection of Boston Celtics' legend Bill Russell. The collection has been carefully preserved by Mr. Russell until its current unveiling to the public, chronicling his historic basketball career and seminal role as a leader in the Civil Rights movement, beginning as far back as the 1950s.
Bill Russell began his career with the Boston Celtics in 1956 which would continue until 1969. The accomplishments achieved by Bill Russell and the Celtics during his tenure are unmatched by any particular player/team in the history of American sports: (11) NBA Championships won over a span of thirteen years; (5) NBA Most Valuable Player Awards; (12) NBA All-Star selections; and (11) All-NBA Team selections (1st and 2nd teams). Russell's instinctive play and defensive focus revolutionized the game of basketball. His relentless pursuit of winning was equaled only by his commitment to focusing on the accomplishments of the team rather than on personal statistics.
The significance of Bill Russell to the NBA is difficult to measure, but can certainly be attained to some degree through his stunning career statistics. Billâ€™s legacy to the NBA, the Civil Rights movement, and commitment to social justice is more challenging to quantify.
Lots 1-13 relate to former Boston Celtics head coach and executive Red Auerbach. Auerbach is revered as one of the most successful and highly decorated figures in the history of American professional sports. In his career as a head coach and later team executive, Red won a staggering total of 16 championships during a span of 29 years which remains to date unchallenged by any measure. His "number" 2 was ceremonially retired by the Boston Celtics and he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball of Fame. The offered items are being presented to the public for the first time directly from Mr. Auerbach's nephew and will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from same. Incredible opportunity to acquire items relating to one of the most iconic figures in basketball history.
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