A well-publicized auction for some less-than-mint Michael Vick cards got national publicity, drew plenty of copy-cats and ultimately raised a sizable chunk of cash for charity.
You may prefer not to let your dog chew on your Joe Montana rookie cards, but Rochelle Steffen had no use for the 24 Micheal Vick football cards in her collection.
The Missouri collector let her dogs chew up Vick football cards to raise money for a local animal shelter. She put them on eBay last week, but the auction was pulled because of a technicality. Steffen got it rolling again–and plenty of national publicity too.
The attention helped drive the price upward and when the auction closed Wednesday morning, the winning bid had reached $7400, sold to a nearby woman who told the Associated Press she’ll donate the money to the local humane society and another animal sanctuary.
81 bids were recorded in the 5-day auction period.
A dog owner outraged by the actions of the Atlanta Falcons quarterback, and an artist, Steffen decided to do something creative to help other animals. She let her two pups take a bite out of Vick.
Her 6-year-old Weimaraner Monte and great Dane puppy Roxie were given a free pass to mangle the cardboard images. Steffen then took the once mint lot turned poor to fair and listed it on eBay with proceeds benefitting an animal shelter of the high bidder’s choice.
"The puppy chewed up a couple and lost interest. But my 6-year-old literally chewed up every card I gave him," Steffen told the local newspaper. She indicated that she did not allow either dog to actually eat any portion of the glossy cards.
The auction received national attention early on but eBay pulled the original listing for violating the rules of auctions designated for charity. eBay requires that sellers donate a portion of the proceeds to its own select list of charities and a cut for itself.
Steffen then got back to work, writing a new listing which eliminated any reference to her plans, but indicating coyly that the plan to donate the proceeds to an animal shelter of the winning bidder’s choosing had not changed. The auction returned to eBay later and continued to a successful conclusion.
Meanwhile, one equally outraged young former fan turned his Vick autographed football into a dog toy. Watch the once prized possession go pffft. It, too, is going on eBay with proceeds going to animal causes.
Meanwhile, at least one store in Vick’s native Virginia is taking a financial hit after pulling some expensive pieces in light of his guilty plea. Watch the story from WDBJ-TV.