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
19 19. Tim Hudson’s Dirt
18 18. Bozo the Clown Card
17 17. Robert Griffin III’s Cast
16 16. FIFA World Cup Draw Tags
15 15. Luis Gonzalez’ Gum
14 14. Kansas City Ski Goggles
13 13. Andre Agassi’s Ponytail
12 12. Jeff Nelson’s Bone Chips
11 11. Tom Seaver’s Toothpick
10 10. Mickey Mantle’s Death Threat
9 9. WWE Trading Cards
8 8. Curt Schilling’s Sock
7 7. Piazza’s Bat
6 6. David Ortiz’ Beard
5 5. Ty Cobb’s Dentures
4 4. Chewed-Up Michael Vick Cards
3 3. Art Modell’s Toilet
2 2. Nolan Ryan’s Jock Strap
1 1. A Signed Urinal
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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