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Who In The Puck Would Pay $13,000 For A Piece Of Vulcanized Rubber?

Memorabilia and competition-worn or used items from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are selling like hotcakes in auctions. A resident of the fine state of Ohio successfully bid upon a puck used in overtime during the gold medal hockey game between the U.S. and Canada. The cost? A paltry sum of $13K – $13,113.13 to be exact. What a deal!

Not only was that item sold to the highest sucker bidder, another enterprising fellow (or lass) procured the jersey Sidney Crosby wore in Canada’s game against Switzerland for $35,100. Crikey! Other useless Olympics-related items are still available, so there is still time to piss your hard-earned money away.

Given the sizable sums of money that was thrown out for the above two items, these kind of auctions are more likely to attract more serious collectors, not regular Joe Schmos like you and me. Via CTV News::

“The people who will buy the competitors’ bibs and the medal trays and those types of museum-type objects are serious collectors,” said Craig Perlow, who has been collecting all manner of Games materials since the 1976 Games in Montreal.

“They are not your casual collector who wants to buy a five-dollar pin on eBay. If those kinds of serious collectors can have more access to serious kinds of items, I’m all for it.”

Still, $35,000 is an assload of money to pay for a Sidney Crosby jersey. On the other hand, there are a few Olympics items I would like to get my hands on. I mean, can you even begin to imagine the kind of money the panties of figure skating gold medalist Kim Yu-Na could fetch in the Asian market?

Vancouver Olympic puck nets $13,000 at auction [CTV News]