1972-1973 Don Buse Indiana Pacers World Championship Ring
Cast in 10K yellow gold, around the top perimeter of this size 10-1/2 ring is "World Champions" with "ABA" on either side in relief. In the center is a raised rendition of a polar-coordinate earth onto which are set two 15-point diamonds and one 33-1/3 point diamond. On the right shank is a raised scoreboard that reads "88-81," below which is a raised ABA logo, a raised rendition of a player in Pacers uniform taking a hook shot with net and the years "70 72 73," below which is an engraved date banner that reads "May 12." On the left shank is an engraved raised banner with the player name "Buse," below which is a raised Pacers logo, below which is an engraved raised banner with the player number "10." Inside the ring is stamped "Herff Jones HJ 10K." NRMT condition with light wear, comes with original presentation box which has the order number and Buse's information typed on. Accompanied by a LOA from Don Buse, which reads in part "I was given this ring for being a member of the Indiana Pacers Pacers 1972-73 ABA Championship Team."
Notes: The Indiana Pacers were the most successful team in the ABA's history, winning three ABA Championships in four years. In all, they appeared in the ABA Finals five times in the league's nine year history. The 1972-1973 season marked their second consecutive championship. Although they had finished four games behind the Utah Stars in the Western division, the Pacers defeated them in a six-game division finals and advanced to the ABA finals, where they defeated the Kentucky Colonels in a grueling seven-game marathon.