AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr to auction off prized items from glittering career

AFL legend Gary Ablett Sr is selling some of his treasured individual awards, among “over 200” items up for grabs from his career.

The 62-year-old won a stack of individual accolades during his glittering career with Geelong, including three Coleman Medals, a Norm Smith Medal and a Leigh Matthew Trophy for the AFLMVP Award to name a few.

Considered one of the greatest to ever play the game, Ablett kicked 1031 goals — the sixth most of all-time — in his 248 AFL matches.

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Famous for his high-flying marks and incredible goal sense, he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame in 2005 despite his well-documented off-field issues.

Now, fans have the opportunity to buy some of his memorabilia through Entertainment by Vin, a company that also specialises in running events with current and retired athletes.

The company said Ablett “is not obligated to nor is he in a position where he must sell any of these goods, but has chosen to do so freely so that his loyal and longstanding fans can experience these incredible items and own a piece of AFL history.”

The extensive catalogue will feature match-worn guernseys, boots, shorts, warm up jackets, accumulated memorabilia and merchandise, signed prints, unseen photos from his playing days and private collection, limited edition goods as well as awards, trophies, milestone plaques and medals, the company added.

Entertainment by Vin posted a photo of Ablett’s 1993 MVP trophy on their Instagram account, along with a caption saying “buy this” and “is this the most famous VFL/AFL trophy of all-time?”

There is also another post advertising Ablett’s match-worn gloves, of which there are only eight available.

Ablett’s MVP trophy is going up for sale. Credit: Instagram

Port Adelaide great turned media personality Kane Cornes said there will be over 200 items up for sale.

“Gary Ablett Sr, his catalogue is being pieced together right now,” Cornes said on SEN.

“So all of Gary Ablett Sr’s personal items are up for sale. We’re talking the Leigh Matthews 1993 trophy, we’re talking the 1989 Norm Smith Medal, we’re talking the Coleman Medals, we’re talking boots, jumpers … 200 plus items of Gary Ablett Sr’s are up for sale.

“He is selling everything. Some items I’m assuming will be packaged up.

“There’s posters, there’s signs, there’s his Geelong guernsey, there’s his boots.

“Anything Gary Ablett related, he has kept it all, there’s 200 plus items.”

Cornes hopes the items will be bought for the club so fans will be able to see them up close.

“I’m hoping there is a rich Geelong businessman who is down there that buys the really special items and it can go into a museum or it can go to the club,” Cornes said.

“That’s my hope for it.”

Ablett has spent most of his post-footy career out of the public eye, but last year revealed he was suffering from brain damage as a result of multiple concussions throughout his career, and he has since launched legal action against the AFL.

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