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Old 06-17-2018, 10:25 AM
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Default Oddball game-used memorabilia

Here is a photo I took of a grounds crew man at Citi Field cleaning the railing in front of the photographers' pen prior to the start of a recent Mets game.


(Photo taken June 9, 2018. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on Flickr.com: here.)


Here is a close-up photo of the actual squirt bottle used by that grounds crew man to perform the activity described above.


(Photo taken June 9, 2018. © Gary Dunaier. Link to upload on Flickr.com: here.)


All it needs is an official Major League Baseball authentication hologram, and we now have an officially authenticated piece of game-used memorabilia.



Okay, I'm being silly here. But just a little. Sports is a passion - to some, a religion - and that extends into the world of sports memorabilia. Back in 1992, someone paid $440 for a toothpick - a toothpick - found in the pocket of a Tom Seaver warmup jacket (and it came with a letter of authenticity singed by "The Franchise" himself). And even weirder things have been sold. You or I may not want the specific items, but I'm sure you can understand, to some degree, why someone would be willing to pay real money for these things, even if some are so ewww-inducing that you don't even want to see pictures of them (the jockstrap Nolan Ryan wore when he threw his 7th no-hitter, anyone?).

So an empty plastic squirt bottle, something you can easily get in a 99˘ store, except that this one was used by a Citi Field grounds crew man, and the item comes with photo proof documenting its actual (pre-)game use. How high would you bid if it were up for auction?

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Understood. An oddball piece doesn't have to be weird or gross to be of limited "gotta have it" interest.

But what if it were a similar item... I don't know if they had plastic squirt bottles back then... what if it were a similar item used at, say, Ebbets Field?
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Old 06-17-2018, 11:55 AM
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That would be very funny, but often things are funny because there is an element of truth in them. As a Koufax collector, I have a lot of oddball stuff that many would think of as strange, but my wife has said she would make me stop collecting if I ever bought a Koufax game-used jock-strap.

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http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=2061794

I’m not sure this “game used” item can be topped. I guess it depends on which game you’re playing. The Vikings played a lot of games back then
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Old 06-17-2018, 02:00 PM
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As a Des Moines collector this team seat cushion is one of my favorite pieces. I doubt many collectors would cherish this as much as I do.

1947-58 Des Moines Bruins team proterty bench cushion.
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As a Des Moines collector this team seat cushion is one of my favorite pieces. I doubt many collectors would cherish this as much as I do.

1947-58 Des Moines Bruins team property bench cushion.
They’ve been looking for that.
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A guy who I think posts here once in a while owns an ARod game used autographed jockstrap.

Not game used, but I once owned Ted Williams' WWII toiletries case including his used comb, brush, shampoo bottle (half filled with WWII shampoo), half used chapstick, soap container, etc. The funny one (apart from the completely gross chapstick) was the thin plastic thing that took me a few months to realize was a shoe horn.
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A rake that was said to have been used on the infield at Forbes Field
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:34 AM
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Being a Cobb collector I remember an auction back in the day where one of the items was TY COBBS DENTURES !!! No kiddin!
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Old 06-18-2018, 12:26 PM
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Come on now! That exact sprayer is twice as expensive as the 99cent store ones.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-32-o...3-21/205050147

Oddly, the first link I found was from Amazon where someone is selling them for $10 each!


And, if it was provable, that's just the sort of game used stuff that would fit my budget and odd sense of humor.
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