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Iowa Football Fan’s Collection Hits the Block

Iowa is more than just the Field of Dreams.  It’s Iowa Hawkeyes football, and one rabid fan’s decades-long collection of items is going on the auction block this weekend.

The University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame will host an auction of memorabilia collected by a 74-year-old Davenport man  today, including a rare pair of gold-gilded bookends thought to be of Nile Kinnick in 1939.

There are over 240 lots on the block, ranging from the classic to the kitschy.  Minimum bids range from $25 to $3,500.

“This is the collection of one gentleman, a terrific Hawkeye fan,” auction organizer Herb Staub said. “It’s 30 to 50 years of Iowa history.”

You can read the full story of how Howard Venden accumulated all of the stuff  here.

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