Julien’s Auction: From Baylor to Brooks

The personal collection of Elgin Baylor will be offered in a 358-lot one-day sale courtesy of Julien’s Auctions on May 31, serving up some of the awards, jerseys, championship rings, NBA 50 Greatest Players memorabilia and nearly everything else he accumulated during his illustrious career.

Elgin Baylor Lakers warmup

Elgin Baylor Lakers warmup

And that’s just the beginning. On June 1, Julien’s will host its Sports Legends Auction, consisting of 372 lots, led by a complete Brooks Robinson uniform worn during the 1969 World Series.

The Elgin Baylor Collection is unique in that if you are a fan of the Hall of Famer, there is something in this sale you will be able to afford, no matter the size of your wallet. For instance, you can bid on some Elgin Baylor bobble heads or shell out some big bucks for Baylor’s personal copy of the NBA 50 Greatest Players lithograph signed by all of the legends.

The Baylor Collection logs the playmaker’s time from high school through college into the pros and his life as an NBA executive. That means you can grab signed high school T-shirts to 1958 NCAA Basketball Tournament programs to his Boy Scouts Man of the Year Award.

Baylor also had a lot of signed items of the players he oversaw and played with. That includes signed jerseys, shoes, team-signed balls and much more.

Items that will draw a lot of money include Baylor’s 1959 NBA All-Star Game MVP

Cassius Clay AAU boxing trophy

Cassius Clay AAU boxing trophy

award, 1969 NBA All-Star Game trophy, L.A. Lakers worn warm-up suit, 1971 All-Star Game ring, 1971-72 NBA Championship ring, Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Certificate of Election, 2005-06 NBA Executive of the Year award, the aforementioned NBA 50 Greatest Players signed litho and his NBA 50 Greatest Players ring.

The Elgin Baylor Collection will be offered in two sessions at Julien’s Beverly Hills Gallery on May 31, with bidding also taking place on the company’s website, www.juliensauctions.com.

The second Julien’s auction, to be held June 1, will be representative of the usual sports auctions held by the company. The auction will feature unique items like pieces of NASCAR vehicles to game-used jerseys and plenty of signed memorabilia across all sports.

SCD readers might be most impressed with Brooks Robinson’s 1969 Orioles uniform that is estimated to sell for between $18,000-$20,000. That is part of a 1969 World Series grouping that includes Davey Johnson’s game-used cleats, team-signed baseballs and signed programs from the Series.

A Babe Ruth single-signed baseball is a lead item among vintage memorabilia, joined by a Rogers Hornsby signed display; cut signatures of Al Simmons, Nellie Foxx and Hack Wilson; Ruth/Joe DiMaggio signed ball; Muhammad Ali signed Golden Gloves shadowbox display; and a Rocky Marciano typed and signed letter.

Speaking of Ali memorabilia, Julien’s will offer the 1960 A.A.U National Amateur Boxing Championship Most Outstanding Boxer Award given to Cassius Clay and a Cassius Clay signed 1960 Olympic torch and related ephemera. There are many more Ali-related memorabilia in the auction, from original artwork to signed fight posters and pennants.

Collectors can bid on everything in this sale, from Evel Knievel’s jumpsuit and tennis champion signed balls to Pelé-signed artwork and memorabilia from stars in the sport of cricket. Check out the catalog to see all of the lots.

For more information on these two auctions, call (310) 836-1818 or visit www.juliensauctions.com.

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