Seattle SuperSonics 1978-79 NBA Championship Ring Sells for $115K
The Seattle area has not had a ton of luck with pro sports over the years, and things got even worse when the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City following the 2007-08 NBA season. Relics of the city's past sports successes are few and far between, but do exist. A shining example is Fred Brown's 1979 NBA Championship ring that recently hit the auction block and commanded a final sales price of $115,242. The 14k gold ring is in mint condition and weighs in at 35 grams. For those who don't remember the Championship series for which it was won, the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Washington Bullets in 5 games.
"Downtown Freddie" Brown, nicknamed for his proficient outside shooting, was the first 3-point shooting percentage champion in NBA history. He spent his entire 13-year NBA career with the SuperSonics and was named to the All-Star team in 1976. His place in SuperSonics lore was solidified when the team retired his #32 jersey. Brown's wife was recently cleaning out their home and came across some old basketball memorabilia. A few of the more valuable items, including the ring, a pair of game-used autographed sneakers and a team autographed ball, were put up for auction so that the proceeds could be donated to charity. Although Brown was not aware she found the items and planned to donate them, he supported his wife's decision.
Total sales for the 5-item lot exceeded $120K.