July 11, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA forward Carmelo Anthony during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony Olympic bronze medal from 2004 is up for auction

The Olympics are one of the most revered events in the entire sports world as it’s truly a coming together of the best sports talents on Earth. Whether it’s the much loved Summer Olympics or the less loved but still appreciated Winter Olympics, the games are watched all over the world and athletes train their entire lives for sometimes just one shot at a medal.

Carmelo Anthony has had a few shots at medals in his days as a basketball player on Team USA and he’s walked away with one every time he’s been on an Olympic team. But while the medals take hard work to win, they apparently have a shelf life when it comes to interest in them from those who win. Proof of this is the fact that Carmelo Anthony’s bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Games is up for auction and selling at the current price of $4,500.

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In a bit of an ironic twist, Melo himself is going to be up for auction over the summer as soon as he opts out of his contract with the New York Knicks and hits free agency. He won’t be taking his 2004 bronze medal with him though, as that will go to whoever pays top dollar for it on the auction block.

Let’s give Melo some credit here though, as basketball players hate finishing in second place, let alone third, so a bronze medal really has little value to a guy who went on to be a part of two gold medal teams in 2008 and 2012. So he can’t be blamed all that much for wanting to get rid of a blemish on his record like a bronze medal is.

Still, it’s a piece of sports history that someone will want to own, even if Melo isn’t interested in it anymore.

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  • Kermit Richardson

    Sources say that Melo is donating the proceeds to charity, that being said, kudos to you Melo!

    • paul phillips

      Very cool. Hadn’t heard that. Kudos indeed. I read in another article that it was a family member selling the medal though, not Melo…