August 20, 2014 Hall Of Fame Catalog Auction (#42)
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/21/2014
The 1960 USA Men’s Olympic Basketball team defeated all eight of their opponents by an average of more than 40 points. The youngest player selected for the Olympic Team, the 20-year-old Lucas was originally slated to come off the bench behind future NBA stars Walt Bellamy and Darrall Imhoff but he emerged as a starter during the tournament and even tied Oscar Robertson for the team scoring lead with 17.0 ppg. Lucas was the star of the final round, as he scored 25 points in the final game against Brazil. U.S. coach Pete Newell later called Lucas "the greatest player I ever coached, and the most unselfish." The team was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame as a unit in 2010. This size 13.5, yellow lustrium ring weighs 25 grams. The top panel reads “BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME” surrounding a round-cut synthetic diamond in the center. The right panel reads “1960” in relief above the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame logo and five stars. The left panel reads “OLYMPIC TEAM” in relief above the casted image of two basketball players. The inside of the ring is stamped “©YLTM” along with the Josten’s “J”. The ring was presented to members of the 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team upon their induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. The ring is in MINT condition and is accompanied by a LOA from Jerry Lucas.
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