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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

You can buy Hall of Fame coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach's Stuff

Starting next month, SCP Auctions will put basketball memorabilia of Hall of Fame coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach on the block in three Internet auctions. 
Coach Red Auerbach

Items include Auerbach's 1968 Basketball Hall of Fame induction ring; his Boston Celtics championship rings from 1962, 1974, 1976 and 1981; his first contract to coach the Celtics signed by Auerbach and team owner Walter Brown in 1950; his 1957 Celtics satin warm-up jacket; and his 1,000th career win trophy presented to him on Feb. 13, 1966 at Boston Garden and several humidors from the cigar-loving coach's collection.

SCP expects to raise at least $500,000 for Auerbach's family from a three-part online sale of about 500 mementos from the team's longtime coach and top executive.

"We're conducting the sale on behalf of Auerbach's family," said Dan Imler of SCP Auctions. "They retained certain pieces, but there is quite a lot, and rather than keeping it in storage, they have decided to make it available to fans and collectors through this sale."

The Herald has a slideshow of images showcasing some of the items that'll be up for bid in the auctions, including a basketball autographed by the likes of Celtics legends Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, K.C. Jones and Tom Heinsohn, and an amazing statue of a leprechaun spinning a ball that once sat behind the desk in Auerbach's Boston Garden office. 

*Go for it!