Championship rings and other items that once belonged to pro basketball pioneer and Hall of Famer George Mikan are on the auction block through a California company that specializes in jewelry auctions.
Nearly 20 items from the estate of Mikan’s wife Patricia are up for bid on eBay through Saturday, June 28 including a 2002 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship ring from the “Three Peat” season. Mikan played for the Lakers when the franchise began in Minnesota.
Also on the auction block is Mikan Minneapolis Lakers commemorative championship ring presented during a ceremony by former commissioner David Stern, an original late 1940s DePaul jersey with a famous photo of Mikan’s young son wearing it, a trophy presented to Mikan for being part of the Madison Square Garden all-collegiate team, a basketball signed by members of the 1955 Lakers, a baseball signed by pitcher Jack Morris and inscribed to Mikan as well as other career memorabilia.
You can see the list of items here.
A four-time All-American at DePaul and a six-time professional champion, Mikan was such an unstoppable force-and a national sensation that he was widely dubbed “Mr. Basketball”. Invariably playing with thick, round spectacles, the 6 ft 10 in 245 pounds Mikan is seen as one of the pioneers of professional basketball.
Mikan made the 25th and 35th NBA Anniversary Teams of 1970 and 1980, and was elected one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players ever in 1996. Since 2001, a statue of Mikan shooting his trademark hook shot graces the entrance of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Target Center.