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    1957 Boston Celtics NBA Championship Ring Presented to Lou Tsioropoulos. The towering Greek-American small forward had been a key figure upon Adolph Rupp's 1951 NCAA Championship University of Kentucky team, but a point-shaving scandal would quickly hobble the Wildcats' dominance and forfeit what would have been Tsioropoulos' senior season of 1953, effectively the first "death penalty" in collegiate sports history. So even though three Kentucky players were selected in the 1953 NBA draft by the Celtics, each would return to play one more season of collegiate ball after graduation, and Tsioropoulos would subsequently serve in the Air Force, before taking to the professional hardcourt in 1956.

    The presented ring is the first of two that he'd earn during his four seasons as a member of that Celtics dynasty, a squad best remembered for such Hall of Fame icons as Russell, Cousy, Heinsohn and Sharman. This is the most significant player ring to emerge from that Championship vintage--another, which Red Auerbach had made for his wife, commanded over $80,000 in 2011.

    A large, genuine diamond glimmers at center of the ring face, encircled by raised text boldly announcing, "World Champions." Identical shanks announce "1957" above a logo shamrock and a bannered "Celtics." Proud wear has dulled the contrast of many of these features, but has done nothing to dull the significance as one of the key symbols of basketball's greatest dynasty. Interior band measures to a size thirteen and a half (13.5) and bears a "Koch 10K" maker's mark and engraved block lettering, "L. Tsioropoulos." Letter of provenance from the Tsioopoulos family.


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    November, 2017
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