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Lot # 1671 (1671 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1960 Tommy Heinsohn Boston Celtics Contract

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

Two-page contract (on both sides of a single sheet), dated September 13, 1960, between Tommy Heinsohn and the Boston Celtics Basketball Club, Inc., flawlessly signed in blue ink by "Thomas W. Heinsohn," Celtics owner/president "Walter A. Brown," and a witness. Also signed by NBA commissioner Maurice Podoloff. All of the signatures are boldly scripted and grade "10." The one-year agreement, for the 1960/1961 season calls for Heinsohn to receive a salary of $20,000, plus a $7.00 per day meal allowance while traveling with the club on the road. There are few players whose name is more synonymous with the Boston Celtics than Tommy Heinsohn. Heinsohn has been associated with the Celtics in some form, be it a player, coach, or broadcast announcer, for six decades. Heinsohn joined the Celtics in 1956 and was not only named Rookie of the Year, but also helped lead the club to its first NBA Championship in franchise history. A six-time All Star, Heinsohn was one of the key members of the club's memorable dynasty, winning titles in nine of his ten seasons with the club, including the 1960/1961 season covered under this contract. After a short broadcasting stint with the club, Heinsohn was named coach of the Celtics in 1969. In his nine seasons at the helm of the club he won two more NBA titles before retiring permanently to the broadcast booth, where he continues to call games for the Celtics. The contract (8.5 x 14 inches) displays three horizontal folds and a few small edge tears. In Excellent condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $960

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