Julius Erving: Memorabilia Worth More Than 3.5 Million Asking Price

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, MA - AUGUST 12:   Artis Gilmore shakes hands with Hall of Fame Player Julius Erving during the Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Symphony Hall on August 12, 2011 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Juilus Erving, a.k.a. "Doctor J," spent the 70s and early 80s thrilling the basketball world with his high-flying, acrobatic play above the rim. His style of play was largely responsible for the ABA/NBA merger and the incorporation of many of their rules. Yesterday, he sold the single biggest emblem of that achievement, his ABA Championship ring from 1974, for a record $460,741. 

All in all, Erving made over $3.5 million when he auctioned off his memorabilia. Here's what was sold based on the Slam article. 

According to SCP, Erving’s 1974 New York Nets ABA championship ring netted $460,471, a record for a sports ring. Among other items auctioned by Erving were: – His 1983 76ers championship ring: $244,240. – His 1983 All-Star game MVP trophy: $115,242. – The jersey he wore in his final NBA game, a Game 5 loss to Milwaukee in the first round of the 1987 playoffs: $88,826. – Sixers reversible practice jersey: $5,522. – 1978 All-Star ring: $238,853. – Game ball used to score his 25,000th career point: $92,086. – His graduation tassel from the University of Massachusetts: $640. – His 1968 class ring from Roosevelt (N.Y.) High: $35,801. – Basketball signed by 14 members of the Sixers 1983 championship team: $11,262. – His playbook from the 1976-77 season: $16,980.

Somehow, I don't think that playbook is still in effect. 

What wouldn't be sold, though, are the incredible memories he gave us. 

It was 1977, and a nine-year old-Kelly Scaletta was watching his first NBA game. Now, I know that sounds old, but understand my parents weren't sports fans, and I'd been living the last three years in England, where I was watching tennis and soccer. 

I got back to the states in early summer, and we were visiting my dad's best from college in Princeton, N.J.. I remember only certain things, like the 76ers winning against the Houston Rockets to clinch and go to the Finals, but mostly I remember just watching a man by the name of Dr. J and being in utter awe. 

It was not possible, according to my nine-year-old mind, that a human being should be able to do the things that he was doing. The fluidity of movement was just humanly impossible. 

Watching that game turned me into an NBA fan. I got to know guys named Larry and Magic, Michael and Karl and John and Kobe and LeBron and now Derrick, all because I got to watch that game where that majestic man did the impossible. 

It makes me a little sad that he had to sell his items. I don't know what is going on with him personally that necessitates it. The lifetimes of memories as an NBA fan are because of him, though. Those are priceless.