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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Collection nets nearly $3 million

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar memorabilia, including championship rings, brings in nearly $3 million in recent auction hosted by Goldin Auctions.

The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Collection stole the headlines while sale prices of items from Mike Trout, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Kevin Durant also turned heads when more than 1,100-lots of memorabilia in the Goldin Auctions 2019 Winter Auction sold for nearly $6 million.

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Half of the auction sales ($2.9 million including buyer’s premium) were attributed to the 234-lot Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Collection, which included four NBA championship rings selling for a combined $1.2 million, three NBA MVP Awards netting a combined $366,000 and eight NBA All-Star jerseys selling for $400,000.

Not to be outdone a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP89 Mike Trout (Orange Refractor) became the most valuable Trout item ever sold at auction, selling for $186,580. 

“The opportunity to offer the historic Kareem Abdul-Collection was a true honor and we’re thrilled that collectors and Lakers fans responded,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “There is no doubt that the attention this collection generated, coupled with our long history of offering rare and historic items, was the perfect storm for the perfect auction. We congratulate our bidders for securing these amazing items and our consignors for their success.”

Here’s a look at the final sale prices for some of the marquee items:

• 1987 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship ring - 

Final Price: $398,937 (Record for any NBA Championship Ring and any Lakers item) 

• 1985 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship ring (Finals MVP) – 


• 1989 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar game-used, signed & inscribed Spalding Basketball from his final career points (38,387) – $270,050

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• 1988 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship ring – $245,500

• 1980 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lakers NBA Championship ring – $245,500

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1971-72 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy presented to Lew Alcindor of the Milwaukee Bucks — the second of his six NBA MVP Awards – $123,977

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1975-76 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy, awarded after his first season with the Lakers in which he led the team with 27.7 ppg, 16.9 rpg. and 4.1 blks – $122,750

• Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 1973-74 NBA Most Valuable Player Podoloff Trophy presented to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Milwaukee Bucks – the third of his six career NBA MVP Awards – $122,750.

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