Former four time NBA All-Star and former Olympic gold medalist Vin Baker is auctioning off his gold medal he earned with the United States men’s basketball team at the 2000 Sydney games.
The mint condition medal is currently up for auction at Grey Flannel Auctions, and the starting minimum bid will be $35,000. At the time of writing, there has been no bids for the medal. Bidding will be open until August 20th.
Along with the medal will be two letters of authenticity from Vin Baker himself. Here is the information regarding the medal from the auction site:
The 2000 Olympic gold medal offered here was presented to Vin Baker on September 30, 2000 after he and the United States Men’s basketball team went undefeated (8-0) in Sydney.
The gold-plated silver medal weighs 6.85 oz, is 5mm thick and measures 68mm across. It is attached to a 39” turquoise-blue ribbon embroidered with “SYDNEY 2000” in silver. The medal features a design by Australian designer Wojciech Pietranik; it depicts Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, seated above the stadium and chariot along with “XXVII OLYMPIAD SYDNEY 2000”.
This translates to “Games of the 27th Olympiad Sydney 2000”. The artist’s initials “WP” appear at the bottom of the design in relief. The verso of the medal features the Olympic rings along with an image of the Sydney Opera House and an Olympic torch. “BASKETBALL” and “MEN” have been engraved along the perimeter. The medal is in MINT condition and comes in a white leather case. Accompanied by two LOAs from Vin Baker.
If you ever wanted a gold medal that is related to United States basketball, now is your chance. Let us know in the comments below what you think of the asking price, and how much you believe it is truly worth.
[h/t Sports Illustrated]