eBay Auctions Benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims

More than a week after Hurricane Sandy crashed ashore on the east coast, residents are still dealing with widespread power outages, the destruction of homes and businesses and, believe it or not, another big storm heading in later this week.  Sports teams and leagues are trying to rally to the cause with fundraising events and on eBay over 1,200 listings have been set up to help raise money for various causes.

eBay’s Giving Works program allows sellers to align themselves with a charity and donate a percentage of an auction item’s proceeds to the cause.

New York Mets autographed ball 1962Save the Children, the Red Cross and other organizations stand to benefit from the current auctions.

Among the items up for bid are PSA authenticated signed baseballs from the original 1962 New York Mets and 1967 Minnesota Twins, autographed jerseys from Tom Seaver and Ahmad Bradshaw, autographed 8x10s from Bob Cousy and Albert Pujols, a game-worn Ben Roethlisberger glove, signed hockey sticks from Martin Brodeur and Scott Stevens, a full PSA 10 graded ticket to Cal Ripken’s 3000th hit game, vintage card lots, modern era cards including a 2012 Bowman Chrome Will Middlebrooks autographed orange refractor limited to 25 and hundreds of other lots.

A non-profit’s typical take is 10-20% of the final selling price although some sellers are willing to give more.

Sellers have jumped on board, launching auctions over the last week to help the work going on in the hardest hit areas. Click here to participate.