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Ohio-born basketball star's memorabilia auctioned

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball player Jerry Lucas has put his collection of personal memorabilia up for auction.

The Middletown Journal (http://bit.ly/16GmfNk ) reports the auction is beginning online this week by New York-based Grey Flannel Auctions.

Lucas played for championship teams with the New York Knicks, the Ohio State University Buckeyes, and even his high school Middletown Middies.

But the auction house says the most valuable item is Lucas' 1960 U.S. Olympic basketball team gold medal. It has a starting price of $250,000.

The collection also includes game-worn jerseys from the Olympics, college and NBA including the long-gone Cincinnati Royals.

Lucas says he had the items stored in a closet. He decided at age 73 it was time to do something with them and couldn't split them evenly among family.

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