Former NC State great Thompson auctioning off trophies, rings
Posted November 8, 2012
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."
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.