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Reed jersey worn in famed 1970 Finals comeback to be sold

5/30/2007 - NBA

NEW YORK -- Willis Reed's New York Knicks jersey from his
dramatic comeback in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals will be sold at
auction June 5 as part of Sotheby's and SCP Auctions' sale of three
single-owner collections.

After missing Game 6 against the Lakers, Reed limped out of the
Madison Square Garden dressing room after the warmups and hit the
first two shots of the game for New York in what became a runaway
victory for the Knicks' first NBA title.

The auction also includes items from Casey Stengel's estate, and
Mitsuhiko Fujita's collection of memorabilia from the 1934 Tour of
Japan.

Additional items include a 1931 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees home
jersey, a selection of Jim Thorpe's letters and other materials
from his personal archive, and a Walter Johnson signed baseball
from the last out of the 1924 World Series.

Among the items being offered by Stengel's estate are his 1951
World Series ring, Hall of Fame plaque, and his 1969 Mets
championship ring, bestowed upon him by the team's players in honor
of their former manager.

Reed's 1970 Knicks jersey is part of a basketball collection
that also features a George Mikan 1947-48 Minneapolis Lakers road
jersey, a Bill Russell 1967-68 Boston Celtics home jersey, and a
Wilt Chamberlain 1959 Philadelphia Warriors rookie uniform.