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November 29, 2014 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Signing at Frank & Son Collectible Show in City of Industry, CA

November 25th, 2014
Screenshot 2014-11-25 10.52.51Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 12pm-1:30pm
Frank and Son Collectible Show
19649 San Jose Ave, City of Industry, CA 91748

For Ticket Purchase and to Learn more: Visit www.GalleryofAutographs.com or Frank & Son Collectible Show Booth #319

Julien’s Auctions Ordered to Return Over $1 Million of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Memorabilia

November 21st, 2014

Kareem PictureLos Angeles, California, November 20, 2014. Julien’s Auctions was handed its latest litigation defeat on Tuesday when the Los Angeles County Superior Court issued Writs of Possession directing the seizure from Julien’s of over $1 million of sports memorabilia accumulated by legendary NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Writs of Possession are based on the ruling of Judge James C. Chalfant that the auction house has no legal right to hold hostage Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s personal property and that Mr. Abdul-Jabbar is entitled to the immediate return of his property.

Before the Auction took place, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar decided he wanted to keep six of the 400 + items for sentimental reasons. But Julien’s refused to allow him to keep any of the consigned items and reneged on its promise that he could hold back certain pieces of memorabilia carrying significant sentimental value. Instead Julien’s filed a lawsuit against the holding company to force the auction with all 400 + items.

Earlier this fall, Julien’s failed in its attempt to force the auction to take place, when an arbitration award denied Julien’s request to proceed with an auction of Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s property, supporting Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s decision not to conduct business with a party he felt was untrustworthy. Julien’s then ignored multiple requests to return the memorabilia.

Left with no alternative for recovering his personal property, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar filed a lawsuit against Julien’s for Conversion, and sought a Writ of Possession to compel the immediate release of more than 150 iconic pieces of memorabilia that he won during his historic career, such as his UCLA letterman’s sweater and a custom-made rocking chair he received when he retired from the Los Angeles Lakers.

Judge Chalfant granted the Writ, rejecting Julien’s claim that it may hold hostage Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s property indefinitely and regardless of the fact that it cancelled the auction, since that “would violate the duty of good faith and fair dealing.” The court instead found that a consignment agreement “is not intended to permit [Julien’s] to refuse to perform an auction and then hold the Property as a security interest for payment of damages.”

“This entire dispute arose specifically over my emotional attachment to many of these items,” shared Mr. Abdul-Jabbar. “By then refusing to allow them back into my possession, Julien’s has added insult to injury.”

Julien’s also has filed a separate action against Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s management firm, Iconomy. Through that litigation, Julien’s seeks the refund of a corporate contribution it made to the Skyhook Foundation, an acclaimed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Mr. Abdul-Jabbar to promote the value of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, particularly among disadvantaged inner-city youth.

Skyhook has partnered with L.A. Unified School District to provide 22,000 young people annually with STEM experiences during the school year within the beautiful Angeles Forest. Earlier this year Mr. Abdul-Jabbar received the Governor’s Award by California Governor Jerry Brown for his work with the Skyhook.

Despite its allegations being a clear violation of nonprofit law, Julien’s states in its court filings that the charitable gift it made to Skyhook Foundation was intended to serve as an “advance” of future auction proceeds it would be distributing personally to Mr. Abdul-Jabbar.

“A charitable contribution is voluntary and irrevocable,” explained by Andrew Morton, Partner at Handler Thayer LLP and counsel for Skyhook. “It cannot be made contingent upon completing a private business deal, nor can it be earmarked as personal compensation for an unrelated commercial transaction.”

These lawsuits appear typical among many high-profile clashes between Julien’s and its celebrity clients. Others claiming to have been misled by representations from Julien’s include Evander Holyfield, and representatives for Michael Jackson – neither of which went forward with a sale of disputed items through the auction house.

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Writ of Possession (LA County) Issued 11-18-14

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Congratulations to A.C. Green on the 17th Anniversary of His Historic “Iron Man” Record

November 20th, 2014

00003499199414Nov. 20, 1997 – A.C. Green of the Dallas Mavericks sets the NBA record for consecutive games, competing in his 907th straight game. The old mark of 906 belonged to Randy Smith, a 6-3 guard-forward who played in the NBA from 1971-83.

Green, from Benson High and Oregon State, winds up playing in 1,192 consecutive games, earning the nickname “Iron Man.”

He is inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, after 16 years in the NBA, three league titles and one NBA All-Star year.

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The Aging of Aquarius

November 5th, 2014

Those rebellious boomers of the ’60s are ready for AARP.

As aging movie star Bette Davis once warned, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Amen, sister. Not that I’m anywhere near that “place.” But I can see its dilapidated porch and neglected lawn from here, and I’m not looking forward to arriving.

Most Baby Boomers know what I’m talking about. Not too long ago we were marching for rights, protesting injustice and frolicking during the Summer of Love. And we did it all with unbound energy and unwavering conviction. Our confident young bodies were our armor and our art. It was the Age of Aquarius, and the age was young. We were as invulnerable to time as Superman is to bullets.

So, when did getting out of bed in the morning require a symphony of groans? When did standing up after lunch launch a cacophony of crackling knees? When did a long flight of stairs inspire a resigned sigh? When did our life soundtrack switch from The Who’s “Tommy” to “On Golden Pond?”

Maybe that woeful place Bette was talking about is closer than we thought.

How do you know you’re in the neighborhood? Do you find yourself lingering over ads that discuss joint pain? When you get together with friends your own, age does the conversation quickly turn to how many Advil you regularly take?
Welcome to the Aging of Aquarius.

Read the rest of Kareem’s article at OCRegister.com

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: American Politicians Are A Greater Threat to Democracy Than ISIS

November 2nd, 2014

A man text messaging, American flags in the backgroundThe lying campaign ads, shady voter ID laws and sanctioned dishonesty should be illegal—and those complicit should be arrested.

The upcoming mid-term elections should inspire a swell of patriotic pride in our hearts as we Americans dutifully cast our precious votes to reshape our national priorities and values. This is the American democratic ideal in action that we’ve been promoting around the world as a model for all oppressed nations to emulate. “Abandon your monarchies, overthrow your plutarchies, eliminate your dictatorships and join hands with us as we give power to the people,” we encourage. And we believe in that credo so much that we sometimes give guns and bombs to the people to help them take that power. After all, that’s how we did it back in 1775.

That’s why our election days should be an international advertisement for the glorious success of democracy. The aromatic sizzle that sells the hearty steak. The action-packed trailer that lures you to the blockbuster movie. But in reality it’s more like the aggressive perfume sprayers in department stores that deaden your senses with a cloud of acrid stench leaving you blinded and dazed.

The election season highlights not our dedicated patriots vying to improve the country, but the greedy villains who are subtly but devastatingly destroying the democratic process like a creeping and relentless rust. In addition to hunting those home-grown terrorists sneaking over to Syria to join ISIS, we should also be rooting out the saboteurs amongst us who are doing greater damage. While the culprits are pointing and shouting, “Hey, look over there! We’re under attack by Ebola and ISIS,” they are brutally clubbing the baby seal of the democratic principle.

This is the democratic ideal we so love: an informed population weighs the positions of those running for political office, then selects, through majority, the person they think will best represent them in government. It’s so beautiful in its simplicity and sincerity that it’s no wonder those hungry for freedom worldwide would want to embrace it. But here in America that ideal is facing the same fate as an extra in The Walking Dead who says, “I’m going to go on night patrol alone. Don’t worry, I’ll be fine.”

Read the rest of the article at Time.com

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