The 100-year-old, super rare, game-worn jersey rocked by one of the world’s first basketball stars is on the auction block … and it’s expected to rake in a quarter of a million dollars!
The threads belonged to Basketball Hall of Famer Joe Lapchick … a star on the New York Original Celtics in the 1920s (no relation to the Boston Celtics, who didn’t even exist until 1946).
Lapchick — a 6’5″ big man known for his athleticism and agility — is regarded as one of the best centers of his generation.
In 1923, JL joined the famed Original Celtics — the 2nd incarnation of the New York Celtics — who were disbanded during World War 1.
Lapchick’s Celtics barnstormed around the country — beating up on local teams — until 1926 … when they joined the American Basketball League (ABL) and won 2 straight titles.
The Reach Sporting Goods jersey that Lapchick donned during this time — which he originally gifted to director Harry Glynn (and held by Glynn’s family since) — is on the block at SCP Auctions … and the site tells us they expect it to pull in major money.
Lapchick wasn’t only a stud hooper … he was also a damn good coach. After his playing days, he was the head coach of the New York Knicks from 1947-1956. He also coached St. John’s University to 4 NIT championships during 2 stints in Queens, NY … between 1936-1947 and 1956-1965.
But, about the historic jersey … if you’ve got $250,000, bidding starts November 27.