A Salina man who deals in championship rings is garnering national attention.
Yee Mar currently has Rumeal Robinson’s 1989 Michigan NCAA championship ring up for sale on eBay, with an asking price of $89,899.89.
Robinson, who made two game-winning free throws in overtime of the 1989 NCAA final against Seton Hall to give the Wolverines their only basketball championship, is in federal prison in Louisiana after being convicted of bank bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He was sentenced to 78 months in 2011.
Mar this week was featured on ESPN. He told the network that he has had the ring for a couple of years after being approached by a friend of Robinson’s asking if he was interested in the ring. He did research, decided it was authentic, and purchased it.
Initially, he said he was going to wait until next year, the 25th anniversary of Michigan’s title. But when the Wolverines made a Final Four run this year, he decided to put it up for auction. Mar said the asking price has to do with the year of Michigan’s championship, 1989, and that he doesn’t expect to pull in that amount for the ring. He said he plans to give some of the winning bid to charity, specifically to the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research.
Mar tells KSAL News that he deals in more than just rings. He also deals in other sports memorabilia. Among other items, he currently has one of the nets that was cut down when Villanova defeated Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA Championship Game.
Mar says that one of his rings, a Miami Heat 2006 championship ring, was featured on the television show “Pawn Stars”. And he says that he was invited to appear in an episode of “Hardcore Pawn: Chicago” to sell a piece of sports memorabilia.