Highlights and lowlights from the Vancouver 2010 auction
Two weeks have passed since the closing ceremonies, but the country’s wallets still believe in Team Canada. Ebay has been auctioning off memorabilia from this year’s Games for a while, but no item has drawn more attention than the puck used during the overtime period of the men’s gold medal hockey game. With seven days left, the slightly scuffed puck has already surpassed the $8,100 mark, with 52 bids. To compare, a puck from the women’s bronze medal game is going for $31.
But the gold medal puck isn’t getting the highest bidders. The most sought after item appears to be the Team Canada jersey worn by Sidney Crosby when he faced team Switzerland. With 47 bids, it’s currently going for $10,000.
On the other end of the price spectrum, autographed photos of two-time Sarajevo gold medal speed skater Gaétan Boucher are going for 99 cents (unmatted) to $15.50 (matted). Also, Canadian gold medallist Pierre Lueders (bobsleigh) has yet to break the 99 cents mark for his signed photos. Skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who came in 17th in the downhill and DNF in the super G, had photos hovering in the $1 to $11 range when we last checked.
This auction is a lot like picking teams in high school gym class.