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Notes: Russell Auction Opens; Lucky 1960 Cello Break; New KY Show; New NorCal Shop

The Bill Russell Collection is now on the block.

As we reported earlier this year, the basketball great consigned a large group of items from his career to Hunt Auctions, which put them up for bids on Monday.  The auction will end December 10 with a live finale at TD Garden in Boston.

Several championship rings, trophies, game-worn items and other memorabilia—even Russell’s personal copy of his 1957-58 Topps rookie card—are being offered.

Hunt and MeiGray said Monday that the green knit jersey consigned to the sale had been photo-matched to Russell’s last game—the 7th and deciding contest of the 1969 NBA Finals. 

Bidding had already reached $275,000 by late Monday afternoon. 

Russell’s 1956 Olympic Gold Medal, his 1958, 1962, 1963 and 1965 MVP trophies, his first and last NBA Championship rings, his NBA 50 Greatest Players ring and several hundred other items are part of the auction.

If you’re going to open a pack of 1960 Topps Baseball, the 4th series is the one you want.  There are multiple icons among the 87 cards and with 12 cards in a cello pack, your chances of landing a nice one go up a bit.

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Notes: Russell Auction Opens; Lucky 1960 Cello Break; New KY Show; New NorCal Shop

Vintage Breaks opened a pack last Friday night and came away with not one, but two biggies.

Jeff Meyrose, who has promoted the J&J All-Star Sports Card shows in the Indianapolis area, added a Louisville area show earlier this year.  Now, he’s adding another Louisville area show to the schedule—this one in Jeffersontown. 

It’ll be a monthly event with the first one scheduled for December 4 at Christ Lutheran Church.  Both shows operate from 9 AM to 2 PM with free admission.

Chico, CA has a new hobby shop, run by a couple of local teachers.

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