Antiques Sideshow So Barry Bonds's 73rd homer ball sold for $450,000. Ho-hum. The memorabilia market has yielded far more fascinating items, some of which you can even afford

July 06, 2003

BODY PARTS

Jeff Nelson's bone chips $23,600*
Build your own athlete! They're from the Mariner's surgically
repaired pitching elbow.

Ty Cobb's dentures $7,475
The great Tiger was toothless. Who knew?

Steve Francis's tooth $101
Rockets guard had it knocked out in an on-court collision.

Tim Hudson's goatee hairs $2,405
Price includes dirt from the pitcher's cleats.

Babe Ruth's hair $102.51
Soft as a Bambino's.

Mickey Mantle's hair $6,900
Auctioned off by the Mick's former lover--and agent.

DRESSED FOR SUCCESS

Babe Ruth's straw hat $6,065.36
The inside headband shows Ruthian wear.

Tom Seaver's toothpick $440
From a Hall of Fame pitcher who didn't spit the bit.

Gary Player's green jacket $5 million
Part of giant lot, including numerous trophies and nine gold medals.

Pele's shirt $224,904
Worn in Brazil's 1970 World Cup victory.

Fridge Perry's Super Bowl ring $27,472.72
Jewelry befitting a major appliance.

David Beckham's shoes $3,418
Completes a Posh look.

SWEET SPOT

Luis Gonzalez's bubble gum $10,000
You get two pieces--both well-chewed by the Diamondback.

Bazooka Joe comic about Gonzalez's gum $1,225
Literature to authenticate your new purchase! Alas, the 2002 comic doesn't come with gum.

Joe DiMaggio's wedding cake $1,742
A slice of the Yankee Clipper's life, from his 1939 wedding to
actress Dorothy Arnold. Forget the microwave; the cake is
petrified.

ROAD TRIP!

Dale Earnhardt's 1986 Chevy stock car $97,200
Bring your fuzzbuster.

Michael Jordan's driver's license $15,000
You can drive the lanes, and cops won't stop you.

Mickey Mantle's Amex card $6,500
And Roger Maris pays the bills!

Brett Favre's house $1 million
In Green Bay, the perfect house to come home to.

HALL OF INFAMY

O.J. Simpson's Heisman Trophy $255,000
Sold at auction; buyer wanted to impress his girlfriend.

Joe Jackson's Black Betsy $577,610
Shoeless used the bat in sandlot games after he was banned.

Pete Rose's 1968 Exemplary Conduct Trophy $9,775
Silver cup awarded by writers for conduct on and off the field.
At least it's not tarnished.

KINKY KORNER

Australian cricket bat $10,000
Belonged to Sir Donald Bradman, the Babe Ruth of Oz.

Babe Ruth underwear $531.46
Honey, can you call me Sultan?

Rey Mysterio's wrestling mask $19.99
Ideal for doing the figure-four leg lock.

Seabiscuit's whip TBD at July 20 auction
Little man in jodhpurs sold separately.

*Prices reflect recent sales, auction estimates or initial asking
prices.

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