In this weekly series, David Vertsberger scours the world of basketball memorabilia being sold on the internet to bring you the very best of the bunch. What does “the best” mean here, exactly? It could be an item that’s the weirdest, rarest, coolest or has insanely good value. Why are these gems being presented for all to see? Because these items are ones basketball fans can appreciate, and perhaps even purchase so David Versberger stops deducting hundreds from his college fund.
Price: $18 (Buy it now)
This particular shirt caught my eye because of it’s relevance a full 15 years later. Remove the text beneath the logo, and this shirt could have been released yesterday. Isn’t “I still believe!” the mantra for every optimistic Knicks fan ever?
*Knicks fall behind 0-3 in the 1999 NBA Finals* I still believe!
*Knicks go six straight seasons without making the postseason* I still believe!
*Knicks miss out on LeBron James in 2010 free agency* I still believe!
*Knicks miss Playoffs, revamp front office a year after 54-win season* I still believe!
Price: $19.99 (Buy it now)
No joke, I’ve already bought one for myself. Wear this and you’re guaranteed this interaction multiple times a day:
“Wow, whose jersey is that?”
“It’s a Stephon Marbury Beijing Ducks jersey.”
*Their jaw drops, eyes widen*
“*Insert exclamatory, possible vulgar, compliment here*”
Price: $5.77 (Buy it now/best offer)
This was supposed to be a 2004 afro’d Ben Wallace All-Star bobblehead, but alas said item was swept away in mere minutes after I tweeted out the link. This Gerald Wallace Kings bobblehead is a solid consolation prize, though. “Crash” played his first three seasons in Sactown before departing for a prolific career in Charlotte, where he became an All-Star and one of the league’s best defenders. He’s currently in the midst of some forgettable years in New Jersey, Brooklyn and Boston, but this bobblehead will bring you back to the simpler times of unpolished skills and a 2002 Slam Dunk Contest appearance.
Item four: Game Worn Basketball Jersey!!!!!!!
Price: $500 (Buy it now/best offer)
Literally the only reason I’m featuring this is because of that amazing listing title. It’s as if the seller is perfectly aware that the name Marquis Teague is completely foreign to the common fan, and so the best course of action would be just to say it’s game-worn and not give a specific player’s name. I’m submitting an offer of $30. Wish me luck.
Price: $9.99 (Buy it now/best offer)
Starting bid: $4.99 (0 bids, ends August 27th)
I’ll admit, I’m not one to collect ticket stubs. I’m definitely not one to buy ticket stubs on the internet. But this one is really cool. It’s for an ABA game in 1971, and can make for a great fake story to tell the grandkids someday.