Storage unit auction yields jackpot of Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia

Wednesday September 11th, 2013

A storage unit auction winner stumbled into a trove of Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia. (Photos from A storage unit auction winner stumbled into a trove of Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia. (Photos from

The auctioning of storage units is popular largely because of the mystery involved in bidding on undisclosed contents. That uncertainty makes each unit something akin to a 50-square-foot lottery ticket. Behind the door could be buried treasure at a bargain price, goods to be resold or nothing of value at all. But that combination of value-seeking and cheap thrills makes the practice appealing to some -- enough to spawn a trio of television shows dedicated to the concept.

One lucky soul hit the jackpot in a recent auction: a stockpile of Dikembe Mutombo memorabilia. There were game-worn jerseys, boxes on boxes of sneakers, various mementos, trophies and other relics of Mutombo's playing career all packed in a single unit. has the story, and an unfortunate explanation:

So who would abandon such an incredible cache of Dikembe stuff?

Turns out, the unit belonged to one of Dikembe's brothers ... who lost the locker recently after missing several rental payments.

We're told the brother had gone back to the Congo to deal with family issues in the wake of his father's death -- and simply forgot to make his locker payments. Sucks.

[Winning bidder Adrian] Petrus tells us .. once he realized what he had, he reached out to Dikembe to try and make a deal to return the items ... but never heard back.  So, naturally, the next step ... is eBay.

A truly tough break for Mutombo's brother, especially considering the circumstances. But this buyer may have stumbled into being the top purveyor of Mutombo-related goods in all the land, and if that's not the storage auction dream, I don't know what is.

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