SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (ACNI) – Grey Flannel Auctions, the Westhampton Beach, N.Y.-based company that produces an auction annually in conjunction with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, hosted a star-studded banquet last night as the opening event for this year’s induction weekend.
The invitation-only reception and dinner, which took place on center court at the Hall of Fame, honored both returning Hall of Famers and the Class of 2009, which will be officially inducted in a ceremony tonight, Sept. 11th. The inductees include (in alphabetical order): Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, C. Vivian Stringer and John Stockton.
Jordan’s appearance at the Grey Flannel event created a media frenzy, and photographers jockeyed for position when the five inductees lined up onstage for a brief photo op. Auction Central News contributor Chuck Miller was there to document the evening on behalf of Grey Flannel Auctions, who graciously agreed to share a few snaps with our readers.
Grey Flannel’s Hall of Fame Induction Auction, which takes place tomorrow, Sept. 12, 2009, will include Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. Key lots to be auctioned include the rookie jersey experts believe to be the first one issued to Michael Jordan after he joined the Chicago Bulls, and the actual backboard and rim into which Jordan shot the last-second winning goal for the Bulls in the 1998 NBA Championship Finals.
View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee, or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place, at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.
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