Moses Malone, an NBA legend who forever changed the outlook of the process of going pro in basketball by entering the ABA Draft directly from high school, died in September at the age of 60. His death set of a series of memorials, just as Darryl Dawkins’ passing had a month earlier.
It’s been fewer than three months since Moses died, and we’re already starting to see some of his prized memorabilia hit the collectibles circuit, nothing more notably than his letterman sweater from Petersburg High in Virginia.
The aforementioned sweater and Malone’s Virginia High School Hall of Fame induction plaque are two of the gems included in a new auction collection up for bid by Worthridge Auctions, based in North Carolina. As you can see in the photo above, Malone’s sweater includes a special patch commemorating his team’s 1973-74 state title campaign in Petersburg’s maroon and gold colors. So far, the sweater has just one bid, for the minimum $75 price, meaning that at the moment Moses Malone’s high school sweater is roughly the price of a nice wool sweater at The Gap.
That Malone’s goods would be headed for auction is not particularly surprising. And it’s certainly understandable, given the need to divide his possessions among his three children.
Still, seeing treasured possessions like Malone’s letter sweater up for the highest bidder so quickly is still a shock to the system, and a bit sad to process all the same.