By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on May 27, 2014
There’s nothing better than acquiring an autographed jersey or ball from a star athlete. It’s easily one of the greatest feelings in the world because it’s a direct connection with a favorite player. As normal as a signed piece of sports memorabilia is, the flip side is much darker. Believe it or not, there are crazy fans that will pay a lot of money for some very strange objects. Here are the 10 weirdest sports memorabilia purchases.
Dirt off the cleats of current San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson sold for while he was a member of the Oakland Athletics.
New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle received a death threat in Boston by a fan who planned to shoot him if he played in a crucial series. The autographed death threat sold at auction for ,400.
Dog lovers were very upset with quarterback Michael Vick after his involvement in a dog-fighting ring was revealed. One fan who possessed 22 Vick football cards decided to let her two dogs chew them up and spit them out. She then decided to sell the cards on eBay as a way to raise money for the Humane Society. What she didn’t realize was that the cards would sell for ,400.
Once upon a time, tennis star Andre Agassi had long flowing hair, which he later admitted to being a wig. Apparently, that didn’t prevent a Times Square sports bar from purchasing the ponytail for thousands of dollars and putting it on display for everyone to see.
After winning the World Series last year, Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino and designated hitter David Ortiz went under the razor to shave off their impressive beards for charity. The beard trimmings were enclosed in a class case and sold on eBay.
Former New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver was no stranger to using toothpicks. Some fan took advantage of this in 1992 when a toothpick that was used by Seaver sold for 0.
The sports memorabilia game was changed forever when a fan picked up a piece of Luis Gonzalez’s chewing gum and sold it for ,000 to a gum manufacturing company. It opened the doors for all sorts of craziness involving used gear to be sold on auction websites.
Speaking of used gear, Nolan Ryan’s jock strap sold for ,000.
Seattle Mariners pitcher Jeff Nelson brought bone chips from his elbow surgery into the clubhouse. His teammates joked that he should put them up for sale. Apparently, he took their advice seriously. Bidding for the bone chips went as high as ,600 before eBay removed the auction due to its policy of not selling body parts on its website. The bone chips eventually sold for ,000 on an independent auction site.
By far, one of the weirdest sports memorabilia purchases of all-time has to be the acquisition of Detroit Tigers legend Ty Cobb’s false teeth. In 1999, the dentures were bought for ,500 by a woman named Karen Shemonsky.
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