Chet Walker’s 1967 NBA Championship ring is up for auction. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer sold his Hall of Fame ring and trophy last year via Nate D Sanders Auctions and the company is conducting the sale of his only title ring as well.
Walker’s speed and agility earned him the nickname “The Jet.” A Benton Harbor, Michigan native, Walker attended Bradley University, where he was a two-time consensus All-American. He led the Braves to the NIT championship in 1960. Drafted by the Syracuse Nationals in 1962, he was named to the NBA’s first All-Rookie squad. The Nationals moved to Philadelphia the following year and became the 76ers.
A seven-time All-Star, the pinnacle of Walker’s career was winning the 1967 NBA Finals. That Sixers team is considered one of the best of all-time. They started 46-4 and finished with an astonishing 68-13 record, defeating their nemesis, the Boston Celtics, in five games, before knocking off the San Francisco Warriors in the NBA Finals in six games.
Walker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2012.
The size 13.5, 14-carat gold ring has a diamond set in the center of a deep red semi-precious stone with “Philadelphia World Champions” inscribed on the rim surrounding the stone. To the left of center is the team logo ”76” and Walker’s name. Opposite is the NBA logo and the year 1967, with the record of ”Won 68 Lost 13”.
Minimum bid on the ring is $27,500 and the auction runs through Thursday night.
Walker’s Hall of Fame ring sold for $49,555 last year.