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1973-74 Ernie DiGregorio NBA Rookie of the Year Trophy....

2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas #7105

 
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Auction Ended On: May 16, 2014
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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1973-74 Ernie DiGregorio NBA Rookie of the Year Trophy. The premier lot from the trophy case of this third overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft, this imposing trophy confirmed the wisdom of that early selection by Buffalo Braves management. The six-foot guard led the league in both free throw percentage and assists per game in 1973-74 while averaging 15.2 points per contest, dramatically altering the fortunes of team to finish with a winning record (42-40) after defining NBA ineptitude the previous season at forty games under .500. DiGregorio still holds co-ownership of the NBA rookie record for assists in a single game with twenty-five during that thrilling season.

An included vintage 8x10" photograph captures the proud moment when DiGregorio received this trophy at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, flanked by Naismith Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo and Braves coach Jack Ramsay. The image should give some sense of the trophy's scale, forty-three inches in height and fifteen inches square at the base. A large engraved plaque succinctly reports, "National Basketball Association, 1973-74, Rookie of the Year, Ernie DiGregorio."

The gleaming symbol of excellence exhibits some handling wear from forty years of display and storage, but missing handles on the smaller cup atop the first wooden tier represent the only notable diversion from original status. These handles could easily be replaced if desired, but the distraction is so minor that it hardly merits that small effort. Certainly one of the most significant individual NBA awards ever presented at public auction. Letter of provenance from Ernie DiGregorio.

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