He’s never dull and when it comes to memorabilia, apparently not all that sentimental either.
Charles Barkley is talking about selling his memorabilia as part of a plan to build affordable houses and clean up his home town of Leeds, AL.
Barkley says many of the houses in the part of Leeds (pop. 12,000) where he grew up are run down now with some boarded up and abandoned with overgrown weeds.
He’s planning to raise money to work with the city and spruce things up by building new, green energy homes.
Barkley is well compensated by TNT and is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $50 million but says he’s planning to raise money for his project by selling career memorabilia, much of which has been stored at his grandmother’s home in Alabama.
He told WJOX Radio in Birmingham that he spoke with someone at Panini America, where he has an autograph deal, about selling items like his 1993 MVP trophy and Dream Team-related items.
“So I checked with my daughter. All that crap is hers, to be honest with you. She said ‘Dad, if you’re going to build affordable houses in Leeds, I would love for you to do it’.”
Barkley’s daughter told him she wanted to keep one piece.
“I think she’s going to take the ’92 gold medal because of how sentimental it is to the world. But all of that other stuff is just an eyesore.”
“I want to do something really nice for Leeds and if I could build ten to twenty affordable houses (and if ) I could sell all of this stuff it would just be a really cool thing for me.”
You can listen to the entire interview below.