Under legendary head coach John Wooden, University of California, Los Angeles captured 10 NCAA championships in 12 years. The team won most of their games during that heady era at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. When the arena's original center-court jump circle was replaced in 1982, the hardwood was signed by former stars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. At a recent auction, the one-of-a-kind piece sold for a stunning $325,085 – much to the chagrin of UCLA's Athletic Director, who wanted it brought back to the university.
"It's something that's certainly not for everybody, given the logistical constraints of owning such a piece," Imler says. "We've sold baseball cards for hundreds of thousands of dollars that you can put in your back pocket, but sometimes it's huge center-court sections of basketball courts."