Posts Tagged ‘Ebay’

Fandom Auctioned: SOLD! for $14.99

bandits mascot jcBanditsI’ve managed to come down pretty decisively on one side of most of the sports arguments of my day (I’m against municipal levies to pay for ballparks; I don’t mind the designated hitter), but this one still gets me into ferocious internal arguments with myowndamnself.

Should a fan ever renounce his love for his team? For me, personally, the answer is no. How can I expect to hang with my wife for the rest of my life if I can’t even put up with the mild agita that each doomed Royals season brings me? And yet, there’s a part of me that says it might be OK for the more feckless amongst us, because some owners render teams unworthy of undying love, and I hate to reward that kind of behavior. The old “small market!” chestnut has been blown to pieces as the likes of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays turn burgeoning farm systems into quality major-league contenders. It simply appears that some billionaire owners are too cheap to give back to their fans in any meaningful way.

Pittsburgh Pirates fan Brad Davis, fed up with the Buccos’ tendency to trade away every player that ever gave the team a fighting chance to win, put his fandom up for auction on eBay. The slightly tattered artifact was picked up by the Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits, who know how to spot a value pick in this constricted market. They paid just $14.99 for a slightly-used vintage fan. And Brad gets a friendly small-town Bus Leagues club with an awesome stadium to call his very own.

There’s only one real problem I have with the way this played out. The auction story was cute and all, but I can’t help feeling that Davis could have stayed within his own farm system if he wanted to see great Pirates draft picks before they were traded. But I guess he needed a clean break.

Word of warning, though. Once you go Bus Leagues, you’ll never go back, Brad.

Helena Brewers Bobblehead Giveaway MIA

The Helena Brewers were to have a giveaway of 250 Ryan Braun bobbleheads on August 1, 2008.  With this small an amount their value should skyrocket.  But did their fans actually see any of these bobbleheads this past Friday?  The answer is no.

As you know, I am the promo guy on here that keeps up with the hobby as far as dates and actual ids of bobbles being given and there is a major scoop here.  I usually like to call teams to see if there are perhaps any extras of a giveaway that they can either sell or send me.  Usually teams aren’t allowed to sell an item because it is deemed as a giveaway item so some teams just send the bobble and all I pay for is shipping charges.  Well when I called the Brewers today to inquire about possibly getting one, their GM Paul Fetz had told me that there had been a problem that the bobbles got “stuck in customs”.

Here’s where the plot thickens.  While doing an Ebay search I found 2 Helena Brewers bobbleheads for sale with no picture of the bobble, just a team logo, with the description reading “These are the same bobble that was given out Friday 8/1/08.    To top it off, the seller was in California, nowhere near Helena, Montana. 

Doesn’t it seem strange that the bobbles were never given to their fans, yet one individual, who isn’t even located in Montana would have these available to Ebay?  As we speak one is at over $60 dollars with just 8 hours to go and has a fair amount of bids on it.  The other he posts as “Buy it Now” for $89.95.  Maybe this individual knows someone in customs or better yet works on the docks himself to gain personal profits by stealing from teams.

If the seller would like a chance to explain this mystery, our email address is Feel free to contact us.

I as a member of Bus Leagues am proud to be on the case to provide our readers with the most accurate bobblehead/figurine information and feel great sorrow for fans in a small town like Helena, MT who get the rare occasion to collect something as rare as a bobblehead of one of their own heroes making it big to MLB and can’t do so because of incidents like this one.