The engraving on the case containing this commemorative basketball reads: "Dan Issel -- All Time Kentucky Fantasy Five -- The Fan Favorite."
The engraving on the case containing this commemorative basketball reads: "Dan Issel -- All Time Kentucky Fantasy Five -- The Fan Favorite."

Only a few hours left to bid on a lifetime of Dan Issel keepsakes

Those of us making ends meet on modest salaries are always astonished when we hear about celebrities who earn much, much more but still manage to piss it all away. Case in point: Denver Nuggets legend Dan Issel, who declared bankruptcy in June thanks to debts estimated at $4.5 million. His belongings are being peddled as part of an online auction that ends at 6:30 p.m. tonight, and the assortment of goodies, many of them one of a kind, is flabbergasting. There are 410 items in all, ranging from personalized awards, many of them decorated with horses per his nickname, to all manner of jewelry and sundry doodads, including a 14 karat gold toothpick.

Paging through all this stuff may offer a voyeuristic jolt, but it's also more than a little sad to think of such a seemingly indefatigable player brought low by financial realities. Even after everything's gone, he still won't be just like the rest of us -- but he'll be a lot closer.

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