Washington Bullets Memorabilia – coolness after the jump
This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. (images of listing at the bottom of the article)
You get a worn out old Hardee’s issued ACC basketball, signed by some semi-greats of the Bullets.
The price tag?
Only $500,000! (with free shipping!)Yeah, that’s it!
Half-a-million doesn’t buy much anymore.
There is some delusion here or this listing is a joke, one of the two.
There are three signatures I’d value in my personal collection that are on this ball.
Chris Webber, Juwan Howard and Tim Legler. Webber and Howard a notable first of all for their “Fab Five” fame at Michigan but they also had good NBA careers. You could make a case for Webber being dominate for part of his and Howard had some really good years too.
Legler is a personal favorite of mine. Good analyst, great shooter. Not an all-star but one of my top 10 favorite shooters.
The rest listed in the auction are Chris Whitney, Jaren Jackson, Calbert Cheney and Ashraf Amaya.
I have to be really honest, if Ashraf Amaya had signed anything I owned, I wouldn’t use it as a selling point. I had absolutely no idea who he was until I Googled him. He actually played two seasons in the NBA averaging 14.7 minutes per game and 4.5 points.
So as we look at this ad, its apparent that if the ball includes these signatures, there are others that the guy selling it can’t read or doesn’t know who they are, especially is Amaya is one of the ‘highlights’.
From this Bullets team, the most collectible autograph on the ball, if it is there, would be big Georghe Mureson. Definitely the most interesting person on that team. Others of note that possibly could be on the ball are Tracy Murray, Rod Strickland and Ben Wallace. I’ve emailed the seller. (update: The seller didn’t acknowledge any other signatures)
The biggest question remains, why in the world is this worth $500,000 dollars?
Let’s take a quick look at what is Bullets-related and available for less than 500k. I can buy a Juwan Howard signed, game-used, Washington Bullets warm-up ($4, 325) or a game-used Weber jersey ($604.04). I could go on, but you get the picture.
Maybe because they were Bullets then? That’s the only possible thing I can think of.
Truthfully, even if this were the last game-used Washington Bullets leather basketball before they switched their name that had Bullets burned into the leather, had a PSA-DNA-tested Chris Webber sweat-stain on it and had been kissed by Monica Lewinsky in the Oval office, it wouldn’d be worth 500k or even 5k.
I guess the value is really in the eye of the beholder on this one.
What is a good value on eBay is a 1978 Washington Bullets Championship ring. This is really a rare one and a cool piece of NBA history.
The price of the ring is just under 7k, and while it isn’t made of rubber and doesn’t include anything to do with Ashraf Amaya, it is something to get excited about.
This team included Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes. I’m not sure whose ring this is (I’ve emailed the seller), but it’s a great piece of history.
Here is a good example of a real autographed ball that is closer to it’s value. It includes of the signature of the late Manute Bol, who was just a great human being.
The signatures are faded because the ball is made of rubber, but at least it is an actual Bullets Ball.
Here is the listing for the Once in a lifetime opportunity mentioned above.