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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  23 responses

Oscar Robertson Auctioning Off His MVP Trophy


NBA legend Oscar Robertson is auctioning off a bunch of his memorabilia, and the haul includes the MVP trophy that Robertson won in 1964. Oscar isn’t sentimental about any of it, to say the least. Per Fox Sports: “Former Boston star Bob Cousy sold his 1957 trophy at auction in 2003 for $51,673, and Philadelphia legend Julius Erving got $177,632 last year at auction for his 1981 award. Now, fellow Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson will be selling the 1964 trophy he won with the Cincinnati Royals. Robertson is going through SCP Auctions, the same company that sold the Cousy and Erving trophies. SCP president David Kohler predicts Robertson’s award should fetch about the same as Erving’s in the online auction that will run Wednesday through Dec. 1. ‘A lot of (sports stars) are selling a lot of items,’ Robertson said. ‘I don’t feel that I need to keep it, to be honest. I haven’t seen it for 40 years. It was sitting in the attic.’ Still, it’s an MVP award. And one could say Robertson is the greatest basketball player ever to put such a trophy up for sale. ‘I know what I did in basketball,’ Robertson said. ‘I don’t need that to remind me. If there’s an opportunity for somebody out there to get more enjoyment from it, that’s fine.’ The latest SCP auction includes nine other items put up by Robertson, including the jersey he wore for the 1960 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team, and memorabilia from a variety of sports. Kohler said the marquee item is a circa 1922 Babe Ruth New York Yankees sweater that could garner as much as $500,000. [...] ‘Everybody has financial problems,’ Robertson said. ‘This is America. These aren’t the best of times. One of my companies is doing well and the other not so well. The money is important. Money is always important. Let’s just get real. People get sick, people retire. Money is important in the country we live in.’ Robertson wouldn’t elaborate further on his financial situation. It was reported in September that one of Robertson’s companies, Orchem, a specialty chemical supplier and manufacturer, is facing foreclosure and has unpaid taxes, charges and penalties totaling more than $194,000. Robertson could fetch more than $500,000 in the auction. Along with the MVP trophy, the most sought-after items likely will be the 1960 Olympic jersey and the top-50 ring. Erving, who grossed more than $3 million from a sale last year that also included his 1983 NBA championship ring, got $115,342 for his top-50 ring. Robertson said he’s willing to part with his 1960 jersey because he said most important is the memories he has of time spent with his Olympic teammates. But he did draw the line at least for now on auctioning off his gold medal from those games in Rome. ‘You got $10 million?’ Robertson, who might have another auction later with SCP, said when asked if he ever would sell the medal. ‘I’ll give it to you for $10 million.’”

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  • JML-G

    he should hire Antoine Walker

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    Tyreke Evans should buy it

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I need it! No homo,

  • Caboose

    Comment of the day.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    This is always sad to me, but I guess you gotta do what you gotta do. I just dont understand why these legends don’t get some kind of employment with the NBA. There are Soooo many made up positions to be had!

  • Max

    30430.

  • Amare Stoudemire

    I’m gonna buy myself a trophy :D

  • Scottie Pippen

    If I buy this trophy I will better then mike

  • roscoe

    I say sell it all to the suckers that want to overpay for it. it is only a trophy… the accomplishment & recognition is what means something.

  • Redd

    Not this guy, he seems to me as though he was/is a good guy. Never really followed him as a kid though.

  • spit hot fiyah

    just glue it to an air force 1 and sell it to some dirty rich sneaker head

  • bike

    I think if former nba stars do this and submit all profits to charity it would be pretty cool. To do it because they really need the money comes across as pathetic.

  • Jukeman

    That’s because he stopped playing before you were born, dumbass. You said follow him like it was even an option.

  • Redd

    And you know when I was born, dumbass?

    What a loser, if you got issue with my comment, don’t reply. But if you’re going to be a mark, then continue.

  • Jukeman

    Am I wrong, dumbass?

    Wait, let me give you piece of info: The Big O retired in 1974. But I’m sure you were a kid with the option to follow him back then.

  • Dagger

    Is it that hard for you to imagine that Redd might be in his 40s?

  • Redd

    My point was that you don’t know me to assume. I could be 45-47, how would you possibly know?

    Keep your idiocy and wild assumptions for sake of trying to belittle someone to yourself.

  • Redd

    Thank you dagger, wasnt as though I said something controversial nor potentially offensive to someone.

    Just said my personal opinion that he seems like a good guy. It’s sad we’re even arguing over this lol.

  • Jukeman

    So I’m wrong? If I’m wrong tell me. Because if I’m right, then your arguments are futile.

    If you aren’t old enough to have had the option to see him play, your comment was dumb.

  • Jukeman

    Since they won’t post my original reply: YES. It is THAT hard for me to imagine Redd is in his 40′s. All you have to do is read a couple of his comments.

  • Al

    im 64 and use viagara ever time i step onto the court and remember the big O,Oscar playing in my day would school the jimmypants off you, shame on you for shamming your elders, go get some viagara and see if it makes you better too when you have erectile basketball comment dysfunction.

    young fool.

  • Al

    i’m 64, why are you so affirmative action action against elders?

  • Big momma daggerpants

    yr mom’s in hers 40′s.. but I think I took a couple yrs off her

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