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Top 20 Strangest Pieces of Sports Memorabilia Ever Sold or Auctioned

We love sports. Over our lives, the average sports fan can spend tens of thousands of dollars on cable and satellite packages, occasional tickets, travel to and from games and jerseys – to name a few expenses. Indeed, billions of dollars are spent by fans around the world as they follow their favorite leagues and teams, through defeat and victory. For most of us, an occasional ticket, a cable subscription and a new jersey are the extent of our purchases when it comes to sports and our sporting heroes. For some, however, the addiction goes deeper. Extreme fans and collectors will go further than most to get any piece of their team or a player, even if it’s rather unusual.

Sports memorabilia is a big business. Every year there are major auctions held all over the world related to specific teams or players. At such events you’ll find everything from official gear to personal effects of sports figures – all available to the highest bidder. Game worn jerseys, trophies, World Championship rings, signed photos and used sports equipment are just a few of the usual objects collectors and fans flock to get their hands on. Then there are the online auctions, such as eBay, where an occasional gem may pop up for bidding. All in all, it’s a competitive world where fans battle with each other for coveted pieces of history to add to their personal collections (and bragging rights).

Beyond the ‘usual’ items you might find auctioned off, sports fans have demonstrated time and time again that they will spend their money on some of the strangest objects. The following list looks at 20 of the more bizarre sports memorabilia that people have bid on and purchased over the years. Some of these are interesting while others are just plain weird and gross. Of course, if you’re a die-hard fan of a certain player or team, chances are that your definition of strange or your tolerance of what is bizarre are a little different.

20 20. Wayne Gretzky Oil Painting Puck

via bleacherreport.com

19 19. Tim Hudson’s Dirt

via amazon.com

18 18. Bozo the Clown Card

via etsy.com

17 17. Robert Griffin III’s Cast

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

16 16. FIFA World Cup Draw Tags

via orilliapacket.com

15 15. Luis Gonzalez’ Gum

via sikids.com

14 14. Kansas City Ski Goggles

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

13 13. Andre Agassi’s Ponytail

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12 12. Jeff Nelson’s Bone Chips

via seattlepi.com

11 11. Tom Seaver’s Toothpick

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

10 10. Mickey Mantle’s Death Threat

via nbcnewyork.com

9 9. WWE Trading Cards

via beckett.com

8 8. Curt Schilling’s Sock

via foxnews.com

7 7. Piazza’s Bat

via itsaboutthemoney.net

6 6. David Ortiz’ Beard

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

5 5. Ty Cobb’s Dentures

via sportsbreak.com

4 4. Chewed-Up Michael Vick Cards

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

3 3. Art Modell’s Toilet

via thesnapper.com

2 2. Nolan Ryan’s Jock Strap

Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

1 1. A Signed Urinal

via topix.com

What’s more bizarre than a toilet or jock strap? How about a signed urinal? Averaging over 1,500 rushing yards a season, Barry Sanders is one of the greatest running backs the NFL has ever seen. He had a lot of fans but some went further than others in their love of the Detroit Lions and their famous RB. One fan bought an old urinal from the Silverdome in 2014 for $23. He then took the urinal to a local mall to have Sanders autograph it. With the autograph and the very real (and disturbing) chance Sanders had used the urinal to relieve himself over the 10 seasons he played for the Lions, someone was bound to dish out money for this, right? Yes. Someone actually ended up paying $3,000 to take this bizarre bit of sports memorabilia.

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