Ohio State men's basketball: Hall of Famer Lucas to have memorabilia auction

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Jerry Lucas, a Middletown, Ohio, native, former Ohio State great and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, has put his collection of personal memorabilia up for auction.

The Middletown Journal reported the auction is beginning online this week by New York-based Grey Flannel Auctions. Lucas played on Ohio State’s 1960 national championship team, and also won an NBA championship with the New York Knicks.

But the auction house said the most valuable item is Lucas’ 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team gold medal. It has a starting price of $250,000.

The collection also includes game-worn jerseys from the Olympics, college and NBA, including the Cincinnati Royals. Lucas said he had the items stored in a closet. He decided at age 73 it was time to do something with them and couldn’t split them evenly among family.

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