Sports fans will spend their money on some pretty odd stuff and this latest auction further proves that point. An organization is auctioning off Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s used mouthpiece in the near future.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported that the mouthguard was picked up by a fan near the Warriors’ bench during a recent game. He also said that it is expected to go for up to $5,000 at the auction held by SCP Auctions.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2016
“Steph Curry has given more life to mouthguards than any player in history,” said Dan Imler, vice president of the auction house. “The way he flips it in and out of his mouth has become part of watching him during a game.”
Curry’s mouthguard seems to be an important part of his game as he uses it as a way to keep calm. It is also part of his free-throw routine. Fans will get to have the opportunity to bid on this item on Aug. 3 at an auction that also includes John Wooden’s UCLA coach’s jacket, Larry Bird’s warm-up uniform from Indiana State, and Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Walter Alston’s championship rings.
To put this into perspective, Muhammad Ali’s mouthguard was sold by SCP for $6,700 in 2013 and a piece of gum chewed by Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez sold for $10,000 in an online auction in 2002.
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