June 24th, 2015 Summer Games Catalog Auction (#44)
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Prior to the 1980-81 season, Red Auerbach strengthened an already powerful Celtics team that featured Larry Bird, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell and Nate Archibald by pulling off deals to acquire Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, a 7-foot-1 center who combined strength, agility and remarkable endurance. Together, “The Big Three” of Parish, McHale and Bird formed one of the greatest front lines in NBA history. In the 1981 playoffs, after sweeping the Chicago Bulls in the Conference Semifinals, the Celtics would once again face Julius Erving and the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Finals. The series was a rematch of the previous season’s Conference Finals; this season the Celtics were hoping for a different outcome after losing the previous year’s series in 5 games. The Celtics replicated their 1968 playoff comeback in the Eastern Conference Finals by defeating the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games after trailing 1-3. The ‘81 Finals would match the Celtics up against Moses Malone and the Houston Rockets, a sixth seed team that surprised the defending champion Lakers to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in their history. After two games, the series was tied with each team having won a game by a single basket. Game 3 saw the Celtics dominate the Rockets with a 23-point victory in front of Houston’s home crowd. Houston tied the series in Game 4 behind a 28-point outing by Mike Dunleavy. After a 29-point blowout in Game 5, the Celtics had the Rockets on their heels. Boston finished off Houston with a 11-point victory in Game 6, giving the franchise their 14th NBA Championship. This size 11.5, 14k gold front office ring weighs 35 grams. The top panel reads “NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS” surrounding a large nearly .70-carat round-cut diamond that sits atop an emerald-like green synthetic stone. The right panel features a banner with the name “RILEY” above a green enameled clover. The clover features the team name “CELTICS” and “XIV”, denoting the team’s 14th championship. Adjacent below is a small banner that reads “PRIDE”. The left panel reads “1981” and features a green enameled official NBA logo. The inside of the ring is stamped “BALFOUR 14K”. The ring is in NRMT condition with light wear and is accompanied by an LOA from Stephen Riley, Vice President of Sales for the Boston Celtics.
1981 Stephen Rileys Boston Celtics NBA Championship Ring (Riley LOA)
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Price Realized: $18,368
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