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Erving’s Championship Ring, Ali’s Frazier Trunks Up for Auction

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Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Hall of Fame player Julius Erving’s only National Basketball Association championship ring and the trunks Muhammad Ali wore in his first fight against Joe Frazier are among sports memorabilia being put up for auction.

Several items from the personal collection of Erving, who was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 following 11 seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and five in the American Basketball Association, will be up for online bids by SCP Auctions beginning Oct. 28, the auction house said in a news release.

Erving is auctioning his championship ring from the 1982-83 NBA season, when the 76ers went 65-17, lost one playoff game and swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals; ABA championship rings from 1974 and 1976 with the New York Nets; Most Valuable Player trophies from each league, and several game-worn jerseys.

The minimum bid is $25,000 for the NBA championship ring, and $20,000 for each ABA title ring as well as the 1980-81 NBA MVP Trophy.

Erving said in a statement issued by the auction house that he would donate part of the proceeds to the Salvation Army.

Erving, whose above-the-rim playing style was credited with helping to bring about the merger of the NBA and ABA, was an All-Star in every season he played, retiring with a 24.2 points-per-game scoring average in the two leagues. His combined 30,026 points are fifth on the career list.

Ali’s blood-red trunks worn during his March 8, 1971, boxing match against Frazier at New York’s Madison Square Garden -- labeled the “Fight of the Century” -- also will be up for auction. The bout, which Frazier won in a decision, came after Ali was barred from fighting for three years after denouncing the Vietnam War and refusing induction into the U.S. Army. The minimum bid on the trunks is $10,000.

Other items up for auction include the bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last home run in a Yankees uniform and Mickey Cochrane’s 1934 American League MVP trophy.

The auction will conclude Nov. 19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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