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    1968 USA Basketball Olympic Gold Medal Presented to Ken Spain. A bitterly disputed second-place finish in the 1972 Games would bring an end to the American domination of Olympic basketball, establishing the 1968 squad as the last in an unbroken string of Gold Medallists since the sport's first appearance in 1936. Here we find just the second victor's prize from that important 1968 edition to reach the hobby's auction block, presented to center Ken Spain whose dominating presence helped the US squad emerge from this most prestigious amateur tournament as the only unbeaten team.

    The medal is consigned to this Platinum Night auction by Spain's widow, who delivered the medal in the attractive shadow box where it was displayed for years. This ultimate symbol of athletic achievement dangles from a red, white and blue ribbon, which connects to a square flat plate identifying the medal as a basketball prize. From this plate hangs the medal itself, picturing a laurel-wreathed victory figure and the text "XIX Olympiad Mexico 1968." Verso is viewable with a cleverly placed mirror, picturing an athlete being carried shoulder high by his compatriots. Short of typical oxidation, the medal exhibits no visible flaws.

    The 1968 Summer Games remain among the most memorable in history, punctuated by the famous "Black Power" gloved-fist salute by American Gold and Bronze Medallists Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the 200m ceremony. While any Olympic Gold Medal carries tremendous collecting appeal, one awarded to an American athlete at the Mexico City Games rates among the most significant.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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