Carmelo Anthony’s 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal Up for Bid

Carmelo Anthony’s 2004 Olympic bronze medal is up for sale.  Juliens Auctions has it listed among the items in their Sports Legends Auction, which closes June 9.

According to the auction house, Anthony was disappointed with the bronze medal finish and gifted the medal to a family member after the games and that 2004 Olympic Games bronze medal Carmelo Anthonyperson has consigned it to the auction.

Athens Olympic bronze medalThe current bid is $4,500 with a pre-sale estimate of $9,000-10,000.  Juliens states that the medal will be “accompanied by provenance documentation from Anthony’s family member that will be supplied to the winning bidder”.

It is one of the first modern era U.S.A. Basketball Olympic Medals to ever be offered at auction.

Anthony had just finished his rookie season in the NBA after winning a national championship at Syracuse when he was selected for the U.S. team that competed in Athens, Greece.  Losing twice in the early rounds, the American squad bounced back to face Argentina in the semi-finals, but lost 89-81.  The team then defeated Lithuania to earn the bronze, avenging an earlier defeat.

The auction also includes what the company describes as “one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive Muhammad Ali fight memorabilia collections”.  Rare programs and tickets from the 1959 Golden Gloves and 1960 Olympic Boxing Trials are included along with items from the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics where Ali (then named Cassius Clay) won the gold medal in the Light Heavyweight Division, and on-site programs, tickets and pennants from many of Ali’s earliest and also most obscure fights.

1957 Dodgers jersey Don NewcombeDon Newcombe’s 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers game worn home flannel jersey is up for bid as well. Newcombe was a groundbreaking player for the Dodgers, becoming the first African American to start a World Series game, and the first African American to win 20 games in one season.  Newcombe was named the 1949 National League Rookie of the Year, and the 1955 National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner.

The jersey was worn during the Dodgers’ last season in Brooklyn.