Flyers, "Players Favorite Things Basket" Auction

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Here's a unique experience for anyone attending the Flyers game tonight (December 17th) against the Caps: The 2013 Players Favorite Things Basket Auction.  The baskets were designed by the individual player - with items related to their specific tastes.  Also available are baskets for the coaches, Ed Snider and Paul Holmgren.  There are some pretty cool options available - though, opening bid amounts may be enough to keep the casual collector away.  Here are a few that caught my eye:

Craig Berube

Highlights:

  • Signed "Get Lost" Welcome Mat
  • His favorite books: "Ultimate Bar Book" and "Healthy Garden Book" (odd pairing, don't you think?)
  • Favorite condiments: Lakeshore Guinness Mustard, Honey-Beer Dipping Mustard

Opening Bid: $250

Comments: What I take from this is that Chief has a great sense of humor, and would be awesome to hang out with.  Anyone who lists dipping mustards among their favorite things is alright in my book!

Kimmo Timonen

Highlights:

  • Autographed practice helmet
  • Game-used gloves used in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Opening Bid: $250

Comments: Kimmo's one of my favorite current players - 'nuf said...

Luke and Brayden Schenn

Highlights:

  • Game stick from and autographed by each
  • Game worn gloves autographed by both
  • Breaking Bad Season 1 DVD, Pringles, and NHL 14 (wait, this is MY list of favorite things)

Opening Bid: $250

Comments: Cool items - but, geez... I feel for these guys always being a "pair".  It would definitely give me a complex...

 

Check out the complete listing of baskets/contents here.  Good Luck!

VSM Sports Card Outlet - Vintage Card and Memorabilia Auction

"New Kid on the Block", VSM Sports Card Outlet in Lancaster will be hosting a live auction at their store on Saturday, November 23rd.  The event is VSM's second auction, and is currently open to internet bidders.  

I spent a little time browsing the listings last night, and was impressed with both the variety of products offered, and the current bid prices.  With several days leading up to the floor bidding, prices are sure to increase - but, there are opportunities to add to your collection without busting the bank.  Here are a few Philadelphia-sports themed items that are available:

Lot# 29: Richie Ashburn, 1952 Bowman

1952 Bowman, Richie Ashburn

1952 Bowman, Richie Ashburn

I am not a big collector of vintage cards, but any baseball fan has to appreciate the design of the 1952 Bowman set.  With a current bid (as of 11/21) of $5, this beauty is very reasonable for either the beginning vintage collector, or someone like me who is looking to upgrade a card in their current collection.  Link to the auction lot.

Lot# 55: 1970s-era Phillies Bobble Head

1970s-era bobble head   

1970s-era bobble head

 

Here is a bobble head that I have in my personal collection. Mine was purchased on ebay - for a lot more than the current bid of $5.  I like this bobble head because of that 1970s campiness.  While my collection is all over the place, I have seriously considered turning my focus purely over to memorabilia from this era.  Link to the auction lot.

Lot# 356: Bobby Clarke Autographed Hockey Stick

Sticking with the "vintage" theme, this lot features a Bobby Clarke signed, full size hockey stick.  While I've personally had to stay away from collecting sticks (lack of space), I have seen some huge collections of them before.  If I was going to add a signed one, it would definitely be a Clarke.  Link to the auction lot.

Bobby Clarke signed stick

Bobby Clarke signed stick

 

If you go:

Location:  Locust Grove Mennonite School - 2257 Old Philadelphia Pk, Rt 340, Lancaster, PA 17602

Time: 10AM