CAPPS COLLECTION INTRODUCTION
If you watched the Last Dance MJ documentary—and, really, who in their right mind didn't watch it?!—then you'll know the face and trademark Kangol hat of legendary Bulls security guard John Capps. The former Chicago policeman was a fixture behind the Bulls bench for more than 50 years, appearing in the background of photos and video footage like an angel on the players' shoulders. Capps got his start in 1966 as a police escort for the brand-new Bulls franchise in an infamous parade up Michigan Avenue featuring team owner Dick Klein, coach Johnny Kerr, marketing director Jerry Colangelo and, yes, a real live bull in a cage.
From that day forward, on up until his death in 2018 at age 88, Capps sat guard outside the locker room before games, accompanied Bulls coaches to the court, and assumed his post behind the bench. Over the decades he was an ever-present greeter and father figure to the likes of Love, Sloan, Gilmore, Jordan and Pippen. In fact, Scottie told a much-repeated anecdote in Last Dance about how Michael had ongoing friendly bets with Capps about the outcomes of races up on the jumbotron during timeouts. (True to his competitive edge, Jordan always got insider information from the arena's video crew!)
"Capps was part of that scene when we started the Bulls," Colangelo said upon his death. "He was there front and center. He was part of the whole picture in terms of our presentation. We felt he was a part of the team like a coach, a player. Capps was one of the guys; always did a great job. It's the passing of an era." John Paxson also paid tribute: "Great person and a man who would always tell you straight up what he thought. He was tough, a Marine and over the last few years he was struggling physically, but he would never let you know. Home games won't be the same without John Capps sitting outside our locker room."
Above all else, Capps' legacy is defined by his membership in the elite club of Bulls personnel who were there for all 6 NBA championships (both 3-Peats)—and who thus received the complete set of all 6 championship rings. To our knowledge, no more than a handful of upper-level staff ever held that rarefied distinction, in addition to, of course, the triumvirate of 6-time champions Jordan, Pippen and Phil Jackson. We at Huggins & Scott are so very proud to now present the entire set of diamond-encrusted showpieces given to the beloved Bulls stalwart, Mr. John Capps.
1991 CHAMPIONSHIP RING
The Bulls faithful waited 25 years for their first NBA championship—and security guard John Capps was there every step of the way. As bestselling Bulls writer Sam Smith reported back in 2018, "I asked Capps about a year ago about his highlight from those early days in the Amphitheater through those championship seasons, the man with a kind word and friendly face for hundreds of Bulls players. 'Winning that first one in L.A.,' he said with a smile. 'Being an average team for so long. It was great for those guys.'" Yes, Capps was literally on the sidelines of history as Jordan and company toppled the Knicks, Sixers and Pistons en route to a 5-game NBA Finals win over the Lakers. It was a passing of the torch from Magic Johnson's Showtime era to MJ's 1990s dynasty. His Airness captured the scoring title, regular-season MVP and Finals MVP—not to mention blew the world away with his acrobatic, hand-switching dunk-turned-layup in Game 2. Capps' 14K-gold ring is a size 12.5 with 30 round diamonds amounting to 1.00 total carats, according to the accompanying Jewelry Identification Report from Kripps Jewelers. NM condition.