Starting at the National Convention in August, MEARS Auctions has been on the road picking up quality
consignments. The first collections, the East Coast Mets Collection and the Boston NBA Collection have
successfully been returned back to the MEARS Auction Center where we have began processing for the
September and October MEARS Auctions.
Both collections are fresh to the hobby, with the Boston NBA Collection being personally assembled via
gifts to our consignor. Not one item was purchased via auction, eBay, etc. The collection represented
an accumulation of personal mementos that were given as tokens of friendship, and our consignor had
some pretty special friends.
Below is an example of several lots that will appears in the September 21st – 29th, 2012 MEARS Auction.
1979-80 Dave Cowens Boston Celtics Pre Season Game Worn Road Jersey “Final Season as a Celtic” –
MEARS A10 (Ed Borash Collection)
With his career winding down, Dave Cowens wore this jersey during his final training camp with the
During the era, Sand Knit was the official supplier of the Boston Celtics regular season game worn
jerseys. Manufactured by Wilson (size 46, 3” X Length), this mesh body shell jersey bears the 1979-
86 version of the Wilson tag and supports the dating. Other Wilson physical characteristics which
differentiate this from Sand Knit products include the round tail (straight tail for Sand Knit) and the
different style of player’s name font and numbering.
Jersey shows heavy game wear, with puckering to the numerals, lettering, and tagging
Jersey originated from the personal collection of Ed Borash, a Boston area printer that supplied the
team. Mr. Borash maintained several long term relationships with many Celtics and NBA players, and
this item was gifted to him by the Boston Celtics. Final Grade MEARS A10, LOA Troy R. Kinunen /MEARS
1978-79 Jo Jo White Boston Celtics Pre Season Game Worn Autographed Road Jersey “Final Season as
a Celtic” – MEARS A10/JSA (Ed Borash Collection)
A gold medal winner on the 1968 USA Olympic Basketball team, 1st round pick in the 1969 draft, and
a member of two World Championship Boston Celtics basketball team, Jo Jo White was a winner. This
jersey was worn by White during his final training camp with the Boston Celtics. He was traded to
Golden State Warriors during the 1979 season.
1980-81 Robert Parrish 1st Ever Boston Celtics Pre Season Game Worn Autographed Road Jersey –
MEARS A10/JSA (Ed Borash Collection)
When asked about being traded from Golden State to the Celtics, Parrish replied it was like going from
the outhouse to the penthouse. With Bird and McHale, his addition to the team had an immediate
impact and the Celtics won the 1981 NBA Championship title. When his career was complete, Parrish
won 4 NBA Championships, voted to 9 All Star teams, and was voted as one of the 50 greatest players of
1981 John Bagley Boston Celtics Pre Season Game Worn Autographed Road Jersey – MEARS A10/JSA
(Ed Borash Collection)
Invited to training camp but left on October 4th, 1981 to finish his college career. Played his NBA rookie
season with the Cavaliers in 1982, and officially joined the Celtics in 1989 and remained with the team
1979 Pete Maravich (MARIVICH, sp) Final Pre Season Boston Celtics Pre Season Game Worn Road
Jersey – MEARS A10 (Ed Borash Collection)
Dazzling for certain, Pete Maravich never accomplished the goals that he and his father Press set out to
obtain. Injuries and alcohol slowed the Pistol down, but when the smoke cleared, he was still one of the
best ever. Pete Maravich played his final season with rookie Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics and wore
this jersey during this final Pre Season. The equipment manager obviously wasn’t a fan of Maravich or a
student of the game, as the jersey was issued with a spelling error, “MARIVICH”.
Many more game worn items and special autographed items will be featured in our September and
Seeking consignments for our October auction. Contact Troy R. Kinunen at (414) 828-9990 or email