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Wednesday, May 29th, 2013 at 2:30 pm  |  9 responses

Elgin Baylor Auctioning Off NBA Championship Ring and Other Mementos


Los Angeles Lakers legend Elgin Baylor is putting some valuable keepsakes up for grabs at an auction starting this Friday. Baylor, 78, says it’s time for the fans to enjoy these items (if they have the cash.) Per the LA Times: “You want to buy his 1971-72 NBA championship ring, the only lasting memento of his only Lakers title? It will cost you at least $40,000. How about his 1959 All-Star game co-MVP trophy, the only time he earned the highest honor in the league’s most prestigious game? The bidding starts at $10,000. Through Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, beginning Friday at 10 a.m., Baylor is selling 358 pieces of personal memorabilia, including his rings, his plaques and his bowling shoes. Rarely have the contents of a Lakers legend’s closet been so publicly unearthed. Never has the foundation of basketball’s greatest franchise been so available for purchase. [...] ‘I’m constantly getting calls from people interested in my stuff, and I finally thought, it’s time,’ said Baylor, 78. ‘I’ve had some of these things for 60 years. It’s time to share some of them with the fans who have been so wonderful to me.’ He knows what you’re thinking. He knows you’re thinking, poor Elgin. He knows you think he is selling his life’s work because he needs the money, or he’s worried about his heirs paying an inheritance tax on the items. He knows you’re thinking he’s desperate. But Baylor says he’s fine. He always says he’s fine. ‘You’re thinking there’s something financial going on here, but it’s not true,” he said. ‘I have no financial problems at all. None of that. Seriously.’ You want his simple but powerful Hall of Fame certificate dated 1976? It’s going for at least $5,000. How about his 1958 NCAA title game ring from Seattle University, acquired during the school’s last trip to the Final Four? The bidding is at $3,000. ‘I’ve had so much enjoyment with these things over the years. Now it’s time to let someone else enjoy them,’ Baylor said.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    calling that ring something Elgin Baylor earned is horrible journalism. The guy played the first 9 games of that season. And retired. He got a ring basically because of who he was and what he did in the past. He didn’t actually win a championship tho.

  • Ugh

    “How about his 1958 NCAA title game ring from Seattle University, acquired during the school’s last trip to the Final Four?”
    Ouch, That’s quite a drought.

  • Brandan E

    why would u sell these things? ill keep them forever!
    would jordan, bird or magic do this?
    why u think kobe is keepin his mother from selling his stuff? those things are precious and memorable from ur career!! u wanna keep them!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    hope the man isnt going broke

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    did not know that. people shouldnt feel bad then.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    hes probably in that idgaf stage

  • Daniel Noel

    he’s probably broke. plain and simple

  • Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Dude is 78 years old maybe he is just accepting that you cannot take this stuff with you when you go and has decided to part with it on his terms.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    maybe.

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