Evansville, INÂ Â (RUSHPRNEWS)Â December 26, 2007- SportsCollectorsDaily.com has released its list of the strangest pieces of sports memorabilia to hit the market in 2007.Â Combing through an archive of 1,000 sports card and memorabilia related stories posted to the site during the year, Managing Editor Rich Mueller selectedÂ ten off-the-wall winners of weirdness.Â All of the items were available for sale at some point.
â€œItâ€™s sort of a sports freak show,â€ he said.Â â€œDefinitely not what youâ€™d find in most normal collections. Some of these things came out of long-time storage, others were manufactured and a few more owe their selection to little more than ingenious marketing,â€ he said.Â â€œOnce-chewed items seemed to be especially popular this year.â€Â Â The list, in no particular order, includes:
Â Tiger Stadium dugout urinal:Â The defunct ballpark was gutted and its remaining contents sold by a St. Louis auction company.Â Signs, doors and other fairly banal pieces were offered, along with the Tigers dugout urinal, which brought $900.
We need some *#%?& decorum around here!Â Â Â From the estate of a baseball historian came an 1898 document sent to big league teams asking for an end to vulgar language on the field.Â The ironic document spelled out quite vividly which swear words or phrases had been used against umpires, dispelling the notion that 19th century athletes were more gentlemanly.Â Scheduled for auction this coming spring.Â
Take a bite out of Michael Vick:Â Following his arrest on dog fighting charges, a female collector and artist decided to let her pup nibble on 22 Vick trading cards and then offered the less-than-mint condition lot on eBay. Much publicity and myriad copycat auctions ensued, but the original lot sold for $7400.Â Â Â
George Bush gets his own baseball cardâ€¦sort of:Â Collectors did a double take when opening the first Topps packs of 2007.Â A joker in the art department put a smiling, waving President Bush into the stands on Derek Jeterâ€™s card.Â Waiting to bat next was the late great Mickey Mantle.Â
Leon Washingtonâ€™s R-rated football card greeting:Â Â Jetsâ€™running back Leon Washington was photographed for his 2006-07 Bowman card flashing what looked like a â€œdouble birdâ€ salute.Â Arms crossed and middle fingers extended, it appeared as if he was obscenely greeting Americaâ€™s youth.Â Surprsied by the uproar, Washington insisted he was simply forming the letter â€œEâ€ for his hometown of East Jacksonville, FL.
The $673 can of game-used bug spray:Â A swarm of insects descended on Yankeesâ€™pitcher Joba Chamberlain in Game 2 of the American League playoffs.Â The bugs rattled the rookie and the Cleveland Indians not only won the game, they took the series.Â The can of bug spray put into action that night sold in an MLB auction for $673.Â
Matt Hollidayâ€™s game-chewed sunflower seeds:Â Â A Colorado woman was among fans allowed on the field to watch a post-game fireworks show at Coors Field.Â Sitting in left field, she picked up a small quantity of sunflower seed shells spit out by popular Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday and put them on eBay where they sold for $25.89.
1975 Pete Rose game-chewed gum:Â Â Frustrated during a mid-career game, Rose removed the wad of gum from his mouth and fired it toward the dugout.Â It landed on the wall below the stands instead where a fan grabbed it, inexplicably hung onto it for 32 years and then tried to sell it on eBay.
“The Father of Our Baseball Cards“:Â Autographed cards are now commonly inserted into packs to help promote sales, but Topps went a step further with its Allen & Ginter sports and historical issue, inserting a few strands of George Washington’s hair into a card featuring the 1st President. One dealer who found one of the cards in a pack tried to sell it on eBay, which kept rejecting the listing, claiming it was historical memorabilia, not baseball.
Yankee gloves foundâ€¦where?Â Â A truck-driving former minor leaguer stopped by a used sporting goods chain store in California looking for socks when he spotted four actual game model gloves made for Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi and Steve Karsay.Â The store didnâ€™t know they were the real deal and how they got there was a mystery.Â Mark Webb quickly turned a $500 investment into $10,000 after putting them up for auction.Â Â Â Â
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