That piece of jewelry, as well as his 1959 NBA All-Star game co-MVP trophy and his gold NBA lifetime pass to games are among the items from his personal collection up for bidding hosted by Julien’s Auctions on May 31, the Beverly Hills-based company announced today.
It may be easy to understand why Baylor may not be so attached to the ring (above). He retired from the NBA in the middle of that season — and then the Lakers went on a 33-game win streak and knocked out New York for the championship.
The former Lakers star who eventually became the Clippers general manager also has stuff available to rummage through if you’re so inclined, such as:
== His 1976 Pro Basketball Hall of Fame induction certificate (above).
== A pair of Baylor’s Adidas game-worn shoes that were reportedly taken from him without his knowledge, bronzed, and presented to him at a talk show appearance.
== Trophies given to him from Joel Elias Spingarn High School in Washington, D.C. and Seattle University Chieftains.
== A rare pair of Lakers shorts given to him during his rookie year — with the No. 14 on them, before he changed to No. 22.
The 50 Greatest Player ring is estimated to be worth $30,000 to $50,000. His ’59 All Star trophy (left) is tabbed at $15,000 to $30,000, while his Hall of Fame certificate is estimated to be worth $10,000 to $15,000 and his lifetime pass (above) will likely go from $1,000 to $2,000.
A bargain, when that doesn’t even cover one Staples Center courtside seat for one game.
A catalog of the items are available at www.juliensauctions.com. Limited edition catalogs signed by Baylor are also available at the site for $200.
The collection will be on display at the Long Beach Expo (Long Beach Convention Center, booth 1248 and 1250) from Thursday through Sunday. It will also be at Staples Center on from Feb. 13-May 10.