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Guy buys storage unit at auction, finds it filled with Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia

Sep 11, 2013, 12:43 PM EDT

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Admit it, you watch “Storage Wars,” you know how this works. You get to stand at the door, look at the boxes inside and bid on an abandoned/unpaid storage locker. Then you hope the junk inside isn’t junk and you can cover your nut.

Adrian Petrus did that in Maryland, he bought a unit for $300 and…

It was filled with Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia. Take that Barry Weiss. TMZ has the story.

So you can imagine how pumped he was when he opened the locker and realized the whole thing was packed full of Mutombo items — signed basketballs, shoes, jerseys, trading cards and photos of Dikembe with celebs like Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela.

Apparently one of Mutombo’s brothers owned the unit and all the memorabilia, but when he had to go back to the Congo after the death of a family member he forgot about the unit, stopped making payments and eventually it went up for auction. (Automatic payments people, you can set these things up at the bank. Just sayin’.)

Petrus tells us .. once he realized what he had, he reached out to Dikembe to try and make a deal to return the items … but never heard back. So, naturally, the next step … is eBay.

Naturally. Thank Buddha somebody is finally putting some Nike basketball shoes on eBay.

  1. 00maltliquor - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    -Admit it, you watch “Storage Wars,” you know how this works.

    *raises hand* Guilty…..

    • football58 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      We only watch storage wars because Brandi has a big rack!

  2. km9000 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Well, I would guess right now, Mutombo memorabilia is at its highest value than it’s ever been, but that’s relative.

    I’m sure Eddie Money memorabilia value has been falling back to earth.

  3. whitdog23 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    no way he covers the $300

  4. ragingmouse - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Brandi is well…

  5. In all Airness - Sep 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    The irony is, he motioned to the auctioneer, using a ‘finger wag’, advising he no longer wanted to bid…

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