Missing nameplate from Simpson's Heisman turned over
December 19, 1997
Web posted at: 2:25 p.m. EST (1925 GMT)
SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- O.J. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy is complete again and much more valuable, now that a sports agent has returned its nameplate.
Mike Gilbert had taken the trophy and nameplate from Simpson's estate saying the former football star owes him money. The items were discovered missing when sheriff's deputies seized Simpson's property earlier this year.
The agent walked into the Santa Monica courthouse Thursday and turned over the nameplate, one day after a deadline set by a judge ordering its return. Gilbert had previously returned the trophy.
The nameplate authenticates the trophy, which is awarded annually to the college player voted best in the nation.
Simpson's possessions will be auctioned to satisfy part of a $33.5 million judgment to the estates of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman.
Simpson was acquitted of criminal charges in the killings, but a civil jury this year found him liable for the deaths and ordered him to pay the victims' families.
An attorney for the Goldman family said the next step is for Gilbert to obey a judge's order to turn over "money he's been collecting on Simpson's behalf from the sale of memorabilia."