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Bubba Smith memorabilia up for auction

November 3, 2011 |  2:51 pm


Bubba Smith fans will have a chance to own some memorabilia connected with the late football star. Have you ever wanted to own a Bronko Nagurski Legends Award? How about an NFL Pro Bowl Golden Helmet? Those two items, and much more, will be part of the Bubba Smith estate online auction now through Tuesday.

Sam Heller, a publicist for Nate D. Sanders Auctions, said Wednesday that the Nagurski award has an estimated value of $3,000 to $5,000.

"The auction house met twice with Bubba before he died," Heller said. "He was looking to auction off his memorabilia."

The auction ends at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Smith was the first overall pick by the Baltimore Colts in the 1967 draft, but is probably best known for his beer commercials and "Police Academy" movies.

He died Aug. 3. An autopsy found phentermine, a weight-loss drug, in his system.


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Photo: Bubba Smith, right, with Tim Kazurinsky in "Police Academy 3". Credit: Warner Bros.