Considering it’s one of the most popular show’s on television (so popular they’ve decided to make multiple variations), I’m going to assume you’ve seen Storage Wars on A&E. If you haven’t seen it, you’ve probably heard about it.
Either way, the show (which is more fiction than reality considering it’s mildly scripted for entertainment purposes) focuses on a handful of people buying storage units that have expired. In short, don’t pay your bill, your unit goes up for auction.
Often times it’s nothing more than a few hundred bucks at most – sometimes you even lose money. But every so often you hit a jackpot locker, much like a man who bought a storage unit in Maryland recently that was completely full of NBA memorabilia from Dikemebe Mutumbo. The locker was reportedly under the name of Mutumbo’s brother and featured countless NBA memorabilia treasures, like signed items from Michael Jordan and more.
So what happened? Why was the locker up for auction? Sadly, Mutumbo’s brother apparently forgot about it before returning to Congo:
The winning bidder is Adrian Petrus … who competed for the contents of a forceclosed unit — and just like on “Storage Wars,” Adrian had no idea what was inside.
So you can imagine how pumped he was when he opened the locker and realized the whole thing was packed full of Mutombo items — signed basketballs, shoes, jerseys, trading cards and photos of Dikembe with celebs like Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela.
The locker also contained works of art painted and signed by Mutombo’s brother.
So who would abandon such an incredible cache of Dikembe stuff?
Turns out, the unit belonged to one of Dikembe’s brothers … who lost the locker recently after missing several rental payments.
Petrus attempted to contact Mutumbo, but never heard back, so plans to sell the items off – a pretty sweet return for his paltry $300 dollar investment.