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Vin Baker Is Auctioning off His 2000 Summer Olympics Gold Medal

SYDNEY - SEPTEMBER 30:  Members of the United States National team (L-R) Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett and Vin Baker pose with their gold medals after defeating the French National team during the 2000 Summer Olympics played September 30, 2000 in Sydney, Australia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2000 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2014

Anybody who has ever dreamed of owning an Olympic gold medal is in luck, because former NBA All-Star Vin Baker is auctioning his off from the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Update: Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. ET

ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that Vin Baker's gold medal was auctioned for $67,642.

--End of Update--

Baker won the gold medal as a member of the 2000 United States Olympic basketball team, which went 8-0 in the Sydney Olympics. That team was led by Vince Carter, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. Baker recorded at least four points in every game and averaged eight points and three rebounds for the tournament. 

Although it was the only Olympic team that he was a part of, he is now auctioning off the gold medal that he helped Team USA win.

via Grey Flannel Auctions

via Grey Flannel Auctions

Here's a description of the medal, via Grey Flannel Auctions:

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. 

The minimum bid is $35,000, and the auction will run through Aug. 20.

It's not clear as to why the 42-year-old is selling the medal, but The Courant reported a couple years ago that Baker was going through some financial troubles, despite earning $105 million in his career.

The Milwaukee Bucks drafted Baker with the eighth overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft. The big man was a four-time All-Star in his 13-year career, in which he played for six different teams.

[h/t Sports Illustrated and Ball Don't Lie]

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