Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Basketball makes Olympics debut as a demonstration sport!

    1904 St. Louis Olympics Amateur Basketball World Championship Medal.
    The first American edition of the Olympic Games made for an appropriate occasion to introduce the sport which James Naismith had brought to life within our borders thirteen years earlier. Though basketball wouldn't become an official Olympic event until the 1936 Berlin Games, this debut in St. Louis is properly identified as a major advancement in the growing global legitimacy of the fledgling sport.

    Basketball was contested in four divisions in the 1904 Olympics: Elementary School, High School, College and the Amateur Championships, the last being the most significant of the four and the one from which this important early relic derives. It was presented to George L. Redlein of the Buffalo Germans, a team formed in 1895 at a YMCA on Buffalo's East Side and one of ten teams enshrined in its entirety at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The Germans were thoroughly dominant in the six-team round-robin tournament, outscoring its opponents 249-70 in its undefeated run to the Championship.

    The important early award features the seal of the St. Louis Universal Exposition on the obverse, set below engraved text reading, "Olympic World's Championship." Verso is engraved, "Basket Ball, George L. Redlein, L.F." A "Dieges & Clust" maker's mark and "Solid Gold" designation is stamped at lower edge. Medal measures approximately one and a half inches (1.5") in diameter and weighs eighteen grams (18 g.). Fine condition. One of the most important early basketball artifacts ever to appear at public auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,070

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976

    Learn about consigning with us

    I am completely satisfied, more to the point, absolutely ecstatic, about not only the proceeds but the wonderful professional manner every aspect of my little consignment was handled.
    Bill R.,
    Green Bay, WI
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 September 19 The David Hall T206 Collection Part II Sports Cards Catalog Auction
    2019 September 19 The David Hall T206 Collection Part II Sports Cards Catalog Auction
    REALIZED $2,745,185