LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — A painted-for-display game basketball from the “Dream Team” gold medal game, signed by the team, sold for $230,041 Aug. 23 in sale organized by SCP Auctions. The ball came from the estate of USA head coach Chuck Daly and was signed by the country’s best professional players and an equally star-filled bench of coaches.
The ball carried a minimum bid of $7,500, but bidding soared quickly. The final hammer fell 19 bids later.
It was the highest grossing item in the SCP auction, but one of three six-figure sales. A 1968 home Cubs jersey worn by the late Ernie Banks sold for $137,865; and former President Eisenhower’s bag full of “General Ike”-engraved clubs sold for $121,122.
Banks gave his jersey to Jeff Berman as a token of appreciation for coaching his twin sons in basketball in Arizona. Berman subsequently gave the jersey to his nephew.
A second “Dream Team” ball from Daly’s estate, also signed, sold for $79,709.
Among other items that sold in the sale were:
- Nolan Ryan’s New York Mets game-worn home flannel jersey for $60,667;
- A signed lithograph commemorative the 50 greatest NBA players on the league’s 50th anniversary for $34,190;
- A gold pocket watch presented to Johnny Murphy to commemorate the New York Yankees world championship in 1938;
- A 1968 Boston Celtics NBA championship ring from point guard Tom Thacker for $29,336;
- Carl Erskine’s 1956 National League champion Brooklyn Dodgers gold cuff links and tie pin for $28,651;
- Dom DiMaggio’s Boston Red Sox game-worn road jersey from 1941 for $18,368;
- A 1936 Berlin summer Olympic games torch for $18,368; and
- A panoramic photo of the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates, including , for $17,126.