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April 04, 2005
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Giants punter Jeff Feagles has mastered the secondary uniform market, in which players swap numbers with covetous colleagues. In the past two years he's gotten a Florida vacation (from Eli Manning) and a new kitchen (Plaxico Burress). Here's how the number exchange has fluctuated.

1993

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New Blue Jay Rickey Henderson buys number 24 from Turner Ward for $25,000.

1997

Toronto ace Roger Clemens gives Carlos Delgado a $20,000 Rolex after getting his number 21.

2002

Celtic Vin Baker pays Kedrick Brown $10,000 for number 42.

2004

For $20,000, the Bills' Mark Campbell gives number 83 to Lee Evans.

2004

Ifeanyi Ohalete sues the Redskins' Clinton Portis, saying he's owed half of the $40,000 promised for his number 26. The trial begins next month.

2005

The going rate for a number? Thousands of dollars. Making a new teammate happy? Priceless. After handing his number 8 over to Antoine Walker last month, the Celtics' Al Jefferson said, "I just told him to teach me everything he knows about the game.... Ain't all about the money."

Bill Scheft is on vacation.

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