KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The eBay auction for 22 Michael Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs, ended Wednesday as the winning bidder dished out $7,400 - with the money expected to be donated to the Humane Society.
The success of that auction, with 31 different bidders, created a craze of 25 other postings this week offering torn up cards featuring the disgraced NFL superstar. But so far, the original post from Rochelle Steffen, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has been the only auction to attract droves of bidders.
Steffen gave Monte, her 6-year-old Weimaraner, and Roxie, her Great Dane puppy, every Vick card she owned to destroy. The result: The cards worth $1-to-$10 were crumpled, crimped, chewed, torn and generally in a sorry state. Some even had corners missing.
"When I started this, I only expected to get $100 for a local shelter," Steffen told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "But it's received so much attention. It's for such a good cause."
The gnawed cards were the most expensive Vick items on eBay, with well-preserved rookie cards, autographed jerseys and other collectibles selling for far less.
Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge this week. He will be sentenced Dec. 10.
So the buyer got to choose the humane society that the money goes to?
"I hate to see what happened to these poor dogs just become another money making opporunity for people." What do you mean by this statement leo? I understood it was her dogs that got to chew the cards up and she let them do it. Sorry confused.
I wasn't referring to this incident, but I could see OTHER people stepping forward and selling things to make money for themselves. It seems like some people swoop in during tragic circumstances and use it to benefit themselves.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I'm a schizophrenic and so am I.
That can be a problem.....people see a quick buck and jump on the bandwagon with false promises.
The success of the auction has created a craze of more than 25 other postings on ebay offering the same thing and most are promising to donate the money to local animal shelters. I seriously doubt that. I hope people who would even remotely consider bidding on these other auctions realize that after the initial auction got the idea rolling, they would be just putting money into the seller's / scammer's pocket
lovemygirls, you are absolutely right! Happens a lot on ebay, too many followers thinking they'll hit the jackpot like the previous seller did. It's nuts.
I highly doubt everyone will donate. It's easy to say that, it raises more money. Those TV commercials advertising to help those african kids by donating a dollar a day, is BS. Every penny goes straight to the government and stays put. Big article I read way back with obvious points & a petition was made. Disgusting.
Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life.
Thought you would enjoy seeing one of the dogs who chewed the cards. So cute. They did a good job of it.
'Steffen gave Monte, her 6-year-old Weimaraner, and Roxie, her Great Dane puppy, every Vick card she owned to destroy. The cards, worth $1 to $10 apiece, were crumpled, crimped, chewed, torn and generally in a sorry state. Some even had corners missing.'