Elvin Hayes aka “The Big E” Championship Ring Auction
Elvin Hayes, aka “The Big E” remains one of the most vivacious power forwards to ever play the game — his trademark turnaround jumper and aggressive defense helped him to break countless records with a culmination of his election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.
He played 1,303 games over 16 seasons, registering 27,313 points (eighth all-time) and 16,279 rebounds (fourth all-time).
Here’s a nice, lengthy interview with two superstar athletes — Michael Jordan interviewing Hayes
His persona both on and off the court was larger than life — outspoken and impassioned, he once said of himself,
“I’m very honest about myself,” Hayes said in an article in the Dallas Times Herald, “and that’s one reason I get in trouble. I speak what I feel. Other people are more diplomatic, but I don’t feel, by doing that, that I’m a man.”
Perhaps that sentiment was formed in childhood — he grew up in the small town of Rayville, Louisiana at a time when Southern racism was at its highest and civil rights were still being implemented.
During his college years, Hayes became the University of Houston’s first African American basketball player in 1966 along with Don Chaney — noting that his coaches were some of the first white people to treat him with dignity and respect — “They helped me overcome 18 years of hate,” he remembered in this article.
Championship Ring Auction
We have an incredible collection of Hayes championship memorabilia, obtained directly from the superstar athlete:
Elvin Hayes 1977-78 Washington Bullets NBA 14 Carat Gold Championship Ring Auction Obtained Directly from Him, Who is One of the 50th Greatest Players in NBA History
1977-78 Washington Bullets NBA 14kt. gold Championship Ring belonging to Elvin Hayes. 75 point diamond on top of the ring is surrounded by ”N. B. A. World Champions”. ”Hayes”, ”bullets” and ”the fat lady sings” appear on one side, with the NBA logo and ”1978” appearing on the other. Inside is stamped ”Balfour 14K” along with his ”E.E.H” initials engraved. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Hayes. Obtained directly from Hayes.
Elvin Hayes Hall of Fame Induction Ring, Obtained Directly from Him
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ring awarded to Elvin Hayes upon his induction in 1990. 10kt. gold Jostens ring. The square-shaped ring features a diamond set atop a red back stone with ”Basketball Hall of Fame” engraved to gold surrounding stones. One side has ‘year of his induction, ‘1990” engraved above two basketball players in relief. Opposite side has ”Elvin Hayes” engraved above the Hall of Fame official logo. Ring weighs approximately 34 grams or 1.25 oz. Fine condition. With a COA from Hayes. Obtained from Hayes directly.
Elvin Hayes 1990 Hall of Fame Plaque — Commemorating His Record-Breaking Career as One of the 50th Greatest Players in NBA History
Elvin Hayes Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame plaque. Awarded to Hayes on 15 May 1990 after an incredible career on both the San Diego/Houston Rockets and the Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets. Plaque features a portrait of a young Hayes engraved into a circular metal plaque. With ”Elving Hayes / Elected as a Player / Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame / May 15, 1990” engraved beneath. Plaque measures 8.25” x 12” and is matted in black and framed in wood to an an overall size of 12.5” x 16” x 1.25” deep. A few very minor spots of wear to plaque and two very minor scratches to frame, else fine. Obtained directly from Hayes.
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