Basketball followers know the late Invoice Russell as one of many best basketball gamers of all time, setting a document for NBA championship wins. Now he has one other honor: third-most costly classic basketball card to promote at public sale. His iconic 1957 Topps rookie card offered for $660,000 at a current PWCC Market public sale.
Beforehand, a 1948 Bowman George Mikan rookie card offered for $800,000 in March 2022 and a 1961 Fleer Wilt Chamberlain rookie card offered for $670,000 in June 2022.
Throughout his elite basketball profession, Russell gained two NCAA titles on the College of San Francisco; 11 NBA championships in 13 years with the Boston Celtics; and a gold medal as captain of the lads’s basketball group on the 1956 Summer season Olympics. Russell, thought-about by many as the best defensive middle in basketball historical past, gained 5 Most Helpful Participant awards whereas taking part in for the Celtics from 1956-1969. He additionally coached the Celtics from 1966 to 1969, changing into the primary Black coach within the NBA. A 12-time NBA All-Star, Russell was named Sports activities Illustrated Sportsman of the 12 months (1968), and The Sporting Information Athlete of the Decade (1970).
Russell was greater than merely a basketball participant. He was lively within the civil rights motion, marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and standing with Muhammad Ali when he was stripped of his heavyweight title for refusing induction into the U.S. Military for spiritual causes. Russell received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
In 2021, an public sale of Russell’s private assortment of NBA memorabilia, together with championship rings, jerseys, pictures, and trophies, sold for more than $7.4 million dollars in an event conducted by Hunt Auctions. Proceeds from the public sale have been donated to Boston primarily based nonprofits.