ASA auction on eBay

Got an e-mail the other day from the ASA notifying me about an auction they’re running on eBay. The e-mail showed a list of items you can buy that “will make that perfect Christmas gift.”

Some of the items are the usual stuff you’d expect — autographed balls, posters, a trading card set, and some 8×10 glossy photos. But there were a few other items of interest that just beg for comment:


* Autographed used cleats from Stacey Nuveman, Jennie Finch, and Jessica Mendoza. Oh boy, just what every kid wants. Somebody else’s used shoes. Funny, my brother looked forward to the day he could get his own new shoes.

* An autographed #8 replica jersey signed by Cat Osterman. A replica jersey? A replica jersey? You mean with all the money they charge for membership those cheap screws at the ASA couldn’t spring for the extra few bucks for a real jersey for her to autograph? Here’s a hint guys — you don’t actually have to pay retail for your own merchandise.

* Autographed shorts Jessica Mendoza wore in the 2004 Olympics. Hope somebody washed them first.

* Autographed World Cup program. No specifications on which one or who signed it. It’s sort of a grab bag gift. You might get Cat, Natsha Watley, and Crystal. Or you might get a couple of hot dog vendors. Isn’t this fun?

* Stacey Nuveman chest protector from the 2004 Olympics. Ok, I kind of get the cleats and the glove. But a chest protector? Wouldn’t a nice painting look better on the living room wall?

Good to know the money is going to a good cause, though. It’s to help support the Olympic team in their quest for Gold in 2008. And here I thought they were going to waste it on something stupid like kids with cancer.

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About Ken Krause

Ken Krause has been coaching girls fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years. Some may know him as a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause's Korner -- a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Ken is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet. He is currently a Three Star Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers. He teaches at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL and Pro-Player Consultants in McHenry, IL.

Posted on December 15, 2006, in General Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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