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Much of Dr. J’s personal memorabilia up for auction

Oct 25, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

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Does it make anyone else sad when a famed pro athlete auctions off a lot of his memorabilia?

Julius Erving — who you remember best as Dr. J. doing a scoop shot in the finals for the Sixers — is doing just that, according to the Atlanta Journal Consitition (via Ball Don’t Lie).

The majority of the story is about how Erving bought a golf course that seems to be a huge financial drain and has led to a bank suing him. Then comes these to paragraphs.

In an unrelated matter, many of Erving’s basketball memorabilia items, including his 1983 Philadelphia 76ers World Championship ring, will be up for bidding Friday, SCP Auctions said Tuesday. Other items on the auction block include Erving’s ABA championship rings from 1974 and 1976 with the New York Nets, MVP trophies from both the NBA and the ABA, and jerseys.

The minimum bid is $25,000 for the NBA championship ring, and $20,000 for each ABA title ring and the NBA MVP trophy, the auction house said. In a statement released by the auction house, Erving said he plans to donate a portion of the auction proceeds to the Salvation Army.

Unrelated. I can’t prove otherwise, so you make your own call.

But if you want some vintage Dr. J and Sixers memorabilia, there is an auction for you coming up. And the cause could be a good one.

  1. goforthanddie - Oct 25, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    One of today’s so-called superstars should step up and buy this stuff and give it right back.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM

      Wow…you are 100% right.

    • nameisstan - Oct 26, 2011 at 6:49 AM

      You are so “on the money” with this statement.
      Everybody wins.

    • skids003 - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      You are absolutely corect. These guys wouldn’t be making what they do if not for people like Dr. J.

    • stoutfiles - Oct 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      While that would be great PR for the superstar, Julius should have taken better care of his money. Players today are not responsible for the financial decision of past players, however great those players may have been.

  2. jmclarkent - Oct 25, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    That is sad to hear. We have to get this man back involved with the NBA somehow.

  3. jerseyfresh609 - Oct 26, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    I’m with goforthanddie. except it shouldn’t be a superstar doing the buying. it should be AI9 or elton brand. then mayb philly would start to show them some appreciation.

  4. jw731 - Oct 26, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    This is beyond sad……He always came across as astute and intelligent, a well spoken man who is an NBA legend. As a Sixer fan, i will never forget what he did on the court, but i will always be suprised it has come to this…….Basically, he’s broke…..What a damn shame. This Dr.J afterall……….

  5. jimsjam33 - Oct 26, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Karma in action . Remind me . Wasn’t it just a few months ago that Dr. J was sued or arrested for bilking some old lady out of her life savings or something to that nature ?

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