KERNERSVILLE, NC – April 2015: A collection of items from Indiana Pacers Hall of Famer Roger Brown highlights the 2015 Basketball Auction from Worthridge Auctions and Retail. Included are Brown’s Basketball Hall of Fame induction jacket (currently $436), as well as a jersey worn by Brown for an AAU team during the period he was banned from the NBA (currently $291).
“We are proud to represent this collection from the Roger Brown estate. He was a true superstar in the ABA, and his induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame was long overdue.” states Rick Kohl, owner of the North Carolina auction house. “We are excited to have the opportunity to represent these museum quality pieces, as well as the many other items in our current auction.”
Roger Brown was forced to into a long a difficult road into professional basketball. After being banned in 1961 from NCAA and NBA play for nothing more than being introduced to a professional gambler, Brown spent six years in basketball exile. He spent those years playing for various AAU teams and working at the local General Motors plant in Dayton, Ohio. The Indiana Pacers of the fledgling American Basketball Association made Brown their first ever draft pick, and the former Brooklyn prep standout rewarded the Pacers with four All-Star game selections, three ABA titles, and an ABA Finals MVP award in 1970.
Worthridge’s current auction also features items from the World B. Free collection, a signed ABA game ball from the 1975 New York Nets, with Julius Erving and Wendell Ladner, an ABA Minnesota Pipers warm up jacket, and a collection of game used and signed shoes, including those of Hall of Famers Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. The auction ends Saturday, April 25.
Worthridge is the culmination of over 25 years of sports memorabilia and collectibles experience. The company began as a small baseball card store, and over the years has offered some of the finest memorabilia to ever enter the market.