Going once, Going twice
I have an admission to make: I’m an auction addict, silent or live.
Through the course of my job, I’ve had the chance to go to some very nice charity events over the years that feature even nicer auction items. Then, once I start bidding, the competitive side of me takes over. You are just writing a number on paper as the dollars bid, or simply raising your hand, so you don’t realize they actually collect until the credit card comes out of the wallet.
During Javier Vazquez’s fundraiser for Juvenille Diabetes last year, I started bidding against a couple of White Sox pitchers for a sweet Rat Pack framed piece of memorabilia. I dropped out on that item, but later bought the same piece at a downtown memorabilia store.
At Fields of Greens last year, I was the highest bid for four tickets to a Blackhawks game and a ride on the Zamboni machine. Still haven’t used that one.
But the best story is when I was about 23 or 24 and had little to no money. I took this beautiful girl I was trying to impress to a Make A Wish Foundation Fundraiser–great cause, by the way–at the old China Club in Chicago and started bidding on this trip to New York. This one older genteleman had been buying up pretty much all the silent auction items, so I figured that even if I went into four figures, he would out-bid me and I would look like a monetary player.
Well, he didn’t out-bid me on this one, and I spent $1,900 that I didn’t have on the trip to New York. That particular girl didn’t even go with me.
I share theses tales because the first round of items in the annual Chicago White Sox Charities online auctions are currently available to bid on, and will be until the auction closes on Saturday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. CT. You can bid on items by visiting whitesox.com and clicking on the auction link on the website.
Here are the following six items available, straight from the press release:
A First Fireworks Bash: Four premium lower box tickets, a parking pass, pre-game Patio party, scoreboard message, in-seat gift bag delivery from Southpaw and post-game fireworks viewing for the Saturday April 25 game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. ($500 minimum).
Carlos Quentin Jersey: a Quentin game-worn, autographed 1983 replica jersey and pants. ($400 minimum);
“Pudge” and the flag: a 1983 flag flown at U.S. Cellular Field and a Carlton Fisk autographed helmet. ( $350 minimum)
A.J.: an A.J. Pierzynski game-used, autographed bat. ($300 minimum);
Jim Thome and the “Blackout”: a Jim Thome framed, autographed photo from the blackout game. ($200 minimum).
Go-Go Sox: a baseball signed by 1959 White Sox team members Billy Pierce, Jim Landis, Bob Shaw and Jim Rivera. ($150 minimum).
The White Sox raised over $45,000 for Chicago White Sox Charities through online auctions during 2008 and more than $265,000 since the start of auctions in 2003.
It’s a great cause, with great items. I might even bid on a few. Actually, I’m going there now.