Lakers collector David Kohler buys 40 Elgin Baylor items including 71-72 Champ ring ($132K) & ’59 All-Star Game MVP trophy ($43K)
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Kohler is a longtime collector of Lakers’ memorabilia, owning everything except Phil Jackson’s mustache and Robert Horry’s lucky rabbit’s foot.
I’m pretty sure he even bought Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s afro way back in the day, which is why the big man went bald.
Kohler, the president of SCP Auctions, a company that auctions off sports memorabilia (surprise!), owns a pair of glasses from George Mikan, Kurt Rambis and Abdul-Jabbar, along with a signed, game-worn jersey from just about every single player to ever suit up for the Lakers.
With so much already in his collection, it shouldn’t really be a huge surprise that he wanted to go after a few iconic pieces from Baylor.
The auction featured hundreds of Baylor-related items, including the former Lakers forward’s championship ring and All-Star MVP trophy.
Baylor’s championship ring is probably the most important and interesting of any item sold.
The ring was appraised at $40,000 to $60,000, so the $132,000 that it went for is a bit stunning.
In case anybody is concerned about Baylor’s welfare, it seems that the former player, coach and general manager isn’t going through hard times, he’s just never had a mind to keep a bunch of stuff locked away when other people might enjoy it.