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Former NC State great Thompson auctioning off trophies, rings

Posted November 8, 2012

David Thompson is among inductees to the NC State Athletic Hall of Fame.

David Thompson was a stand-out at Shelby Crest High School, an ACC and National Champion at North Carolina State University, an ABA and NBA All Star and is a Hall of Famer. The amount of memorabilia he has in his personal collection is vast and could fetch a pretty good penny in the auction place.

Beginning on Nov. 14, just how much those items are worth will be determined when Thompson puts 49 items up for auction through the popular big-ticket auction site SCP Auctions.

"I'm releasing my collection for my fans to enjoy some of the memorabilia I have appreciated for many years,” Thompson said in a statement. “It also allows me to do some family planning into the future. I know my fans will cherish the collection as I have for many years to come." N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

Among the items up for bid are a game-worn jersey from Crest, his 1973 ACC Championship trophy, his 1974 National Championship ring, game nets from both the 1974 ACC championship final and the national championship game, a game-used and signed ball from the 1976 ABA All-Star Game and his 1978 NBA All-Star ring.

The 6-foot-4 Thompson was part of this year’s inaugural Hall of Fame class at NC State. He was a three-time ACC player of the year, three time NCAA First-Team All-American and Naismith Player of the Year, helping guide the Wolfpack to a national championship in 1974.

He was later selected first overall in the 1975 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. As a member of the Denver Nuggets and Seattle SuperSonics during a 10-year professional career, Thompson was a five-time All-Star – winning two MVPs.

Thompson was second to Julius Erving in the inaugural ABA dunk contest as a rookie and won Rookie of the Year honors. When the Nuggets moved to the NBA, Thompson was rewarded with the highest-paying professional contract at the time following a season in which he averaged almost 26 points per game.

He was elected into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1996.

Other items available in SCP’s fall auction running Nov. 14 to Dec. 1 are jerseys, trophies, rings and medals from NBA Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Sam Jones as well as prominent items from Muhammed Ali, Ozzie Smith and dozens of other athletes..

“It is an honor for us to handle memorabilia from three significant personal collections of these prominent basketball Hall of Famers,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler.

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  • tarheelfan41 Nov 10, 12:16 p.m.

    I grew up watching Thompson. He maybe the greatest ACC player ever. I could make a great arguement for him I'm sure. He was the greatest athelete I've ever seen play the game. He could jump out of the gym. I hated him soooo bad! lol (not a State College fan). I'd loved for him to have played when dunking and three pointers were allowed. He may have AVERAGED 40+ a game. Sorry he has financial problems to part with the keepsakes.

    Now my point. WHY DOESN'T SOME WELL TO DO WOLFPECKER BUY EVERYTHING AND GIVE IT BACK TO HIM!!!! Take care of your own. Take care of the guy that brought so much notariety and $$$ to State College. He still is so closely related to State College you should be ashamed if your all time greatest player EVER sells his rings and things to some slimey penciled neck geek to drool all over.

  • TWAL Nov 9, 10:03 a.m.

    Tarheel Born Congratulations! You made me laugh at a moment i thought was very immature. bichonman we forgive you, i know you were not thinking. You earned my respect Tarheel Born. GO STATE!

  • Tarheel born Nov 9, 9:35 a.m.

    Guess sniffing the white stuff got costly. To bad

    — Posted by bichonman

    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your home when you're down and least expect it for your callous statement.

  • StunGunn Nov 9, 8:58 a.m.

    I watched the ESPN show 30 for 30 called "BROKE" a few weeks back. It details what pro... View More

    — Posted by Aint ur day

    I saw that show as well - what an eye opener!

    In this economy, there are many, many folks living paycheck to paycheck, and all it takes is one misfortune - like losing your job or having a loved one fall ill to put you over the brink. I hope folks who can afford it step up to the plate and buy or donate to what is obviously a very good cause.

  • StunGunn Nov 9, 8:43 a.m.

    Hate to see DT having to sell memorabilia that must mean a lot to him in order to pay medical bills. It would be wonderful if someone bought the ring and then gave it back to him, like peyton1717 said.

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 9, 4:20 a.m.

    My prayers go out to the Thompson family.

  • mxteam44 Nov 8, 10:06 p.m.

    Sad to hear his wife has health issues. Mistakes or not, he's looking for ways to support his family. I sincerely hope some NCSU alum buys some things, especially his championship ring, and gives it back to him. You just never know when a family member is going to get sick and need very expensive medical care. Next week, it could be you!
    Prayers for the Thompson family.

  • Aint ur day Nov 8, 9:38 p.m.

    I watched the ESPN show 30 for 30 called "BROKE" a few weeks back. It details what pro athletes go through after retirement. Most have financial difficulties within 2 years after. Obviously he has done well over the years but, everyone hits a bumps or hard times on the road of life...get off his back! If David has family financial issues and he his trying to make ends meet, in this economy you have to step up and make sacrifices to pay the bills. My hat is off to him, very unselfish and hopefully he will get the financial help needed to get whatever it is taken care of.

  • ylmclean73 Nov 8, 8:22 p.m.

    They didn't have multi million dollar salaries back in his day.

  • senor wuf Nov 8, 8:14 p.m.

    Classy

    — Posted by Native NC gal

    Go crawl in a hole until the end of your days, please.

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