NFW.  Not only is this real, it’ll be up for bid on eBay starting May 23rd (HT: Freep):


Can I rent it for a weekend instead?


The ‘Buy it now’ will be set at $100,000, with a reserve of $45,000.  Proceeds benefit the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, more details:

This is a pre-auction viewing for an auction beginning May 23rd with proceeds being donated to the "Jalen Rose Leadership Academy".  Further details on this foundation can be found below this description. 

This 1969 Dodge Charger is slated to be one of the last surviving cars from "Dukes of Hazzard".  The vinyls have been customized to reflect Jalen Rose’s basketball number as well as his childhood nickname.  With an upgraded sound system and custom leather interior, this "General Lee" has been a part of Jalen’s private collection of premiere vehicles for the last 10 years.  Featuring a 360ci V-8 crate motor, 4 wheel disc brakes, Alpine sound system featuring trunk mounted sub-woofer, custom embroidered "Charger" floor mats, white letter BFGoodrich Radial T/A tires, and autographed rear decklid by Jalen Rose and John Schneider "Bo Duke" from the original series.  The images of each signature are attached in the photos. 

Epic.  I didn’t know J was a fan of the Dukes.  My man was probably in second or third grade when that show was at its peak. 

I have it on good authority (my buddy Rosey) that Jalen’s favorite show growing up was Good Times. Jalen told his class while at U-M he loved the series, set in the Chicago housing projects, “Because I lived it.”

You’ve heard that a pair of the Ohio State gold pants appeared on History Channel’s Pawn Stars last night.  (Finally something related to Michigan football).

The seller advised he bought them off a “private collector” who had “several of them.”  Insert Tressel, tattoo-gate joke.

Per Rick, the owner of the shop, “looks like they plated them with 10 or 14 carat, something like that.  It’s called gold filled, it’s a really, really heavy plating process.”

The seller originally asked $2500, Rick countered with $1500.   The seller countered with $2200 and they settled on $2000 (for the pair). 


On the price, at $2000 that’s a good price to the seller.  I think Rick and Chumlee could have done better.  Recent auctions on eBay have placed a Buy It Now price on the charms as low as $599 or best offer:


You can view the entire show here on PutLocker.  I’d embed but it flagged a security risk FWIW.

mgoblog jumps into the memorabilia game

20. March 2011 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: Bo says, “Hey Mouse, Look Me in the Eye like a Man!” · Categories: Archive 2010 · Tags: , , , , ,

There has been a fabulous dump of old Bo Schembechler wire photos on eBay as of late.  I posted this one of Bo grinning before the critical Michigan State hoops game a couple weeks back, so I thought I’d better do the same today.

Here we’ve got Bo flanked by the great Jim Mandich and Rose Queen Pamela Tedesco, shaking hands with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland before the 1970 Rose Bowl (HT: Steve Sap):

You might know that Jim Mandich is battling cancer right now and you can provide your support via this website.  The seller is asking $15.88 for the Bo in Disneyland pic.

Here’s a few more good ones of General Bo.

First, Bo furious:


Bo loving it: boauburn

Go Blue!  Beat Blue Devils.

eBay Watch is back, and starts with a program to the 1976 Navy game:


A selection of a few other Navy-Michigan programs from the U-M Bentley Library program database:


If you follow the eBay Watch series you’ll know that I rarely feature common items like tickets or programs.   But this week there’s good reason, as on Saturday from noon-3 WTKA 1050AM (and I assume will be replaying the original Bob Ufer radio broadcast of the 1976 Navy game.  If you’re cleaning out the garage or mowing the lawn I suggest you tune in.


Old ‘Ufe practically wore out the scoring horn in this one, as #1 ranked Michigan put up 70 points on the Midshipmen, the most since 1905, and it’s a radio call to remember.   Incredibly Bo’s Wolverines actually trailed with just over a minute to go in the first half before taking the lead. 

In a span just over 5 minutes in the third quarter sophomore QB Ricky Leach accounted for four touchdowns, two on the ground and two in the air, and shortly thereafter Ufer nearly keeled over with excitement as he tended to do.  Based on the WTKA promos, after the 70th point Ufer likens the feat to "rolling into Berlin"!

1976 Leach Bo Stobartphoto credit: sorry not sure, from the Steve Sapardanis archives 

A few props are in order here.  First, Ira and crew at WTKA for continuing this tradition.  Next, my pal and M history buff Steve Sapardanis of Guts ‘n Glue for recommending they reair this game.  Finally, audio and video archivist Art Vuolo, Jr.,  [see his website Vuolo Video] for providing the audio of the Ufer call.

Note that this season was the 50th anniversary of the Navy-Michigan game held in Baltimore in 1926 which was covered in this episode of This Week in Michigan Football History a couple weeks back.  Yost was in his final season and he & the boys visited President Calvin Coolidge, the tomb of the Unknown Solider and battled Navy in Charm City.

You can bid on the auction of the 1976 program here, seller asking $14.99 or best offer.

* Where Ufer Laid Woody Hayes Away
* 1976 Orange Bowl Stub
* 1976 NCAA Finals Ticket Stub
* Another Rose Bowl ring auctioned


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20. September 2010 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: 1933 National Champions Charm · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , , , ,

A real doozy of an item showed up recently on eBay, described to be a pendant awarded to Michigan’s 1933 national championship team under coach Harry Kipke.  Very cool:


It appears to be in outstanding condition, made of 14K gold, and assigned to a quarterback named "W.W. Renner".  This appears to be originally the property of a William Renner who was on that ’33 squad and who wore #63:


Renner is listed as "Art" on the 1933 team photo caption but as "William W." on the official roster and in his later years, including when he was captain of the 1935 squad.   I think the "Art" reference is an error as there was an Art Renner who played in the 1940s.  I’ll let the Bentley know so they can check it out.

I rarely use Wikipedia as a research source but the entry on Renner has some excellent detail, including this nugget about the Youngtown, OH native’s exploits against the Buckeyes during that 1933 championship year:

In the 1933 Michigan-Ohio State game, played before the largest crowd to see a Big Ten Conference football game to that date, Renner came into the game at the end of the first half and ran the ball for a game-winning touchdown. An Associated Press story described Renner’s impact in the scoring drive against Ohio State: "When he finally trotted out on the gridiron, the consternation of the Buckeyes was obvious to the 93,508 spectators. The defensive halfbacks backed away from the line, the center and fullback retreated and rubbed their hands, the linemen raised their heads." Renner led the Wolverines from midfield and, with the ball at the three-yard line, Renner "rolled around tackle for the touchdown that made it Michigan’s afternoon."

He later went onto Yale where he and former teammate Gerald Ford went on to coach the Bulldogs’ junior varsity squad.  Wikipedia posts this outstanding shot of Renner and Ford while at Yale (I was going to insert Mr. Burns in there with his Yale pennant but this pic is too cool):


Here’s the full auction of the 1933 championship charm.   Renner played on an amazing stretch in Michigan football history and here’s some previous entries about these wild times, from 1933-1935:
* 1933 and the Dickinson Formula
* Harry Kipke and the Fall of 1934
* Jesse Owns and Gerald Ford (1934)
* The Willis Ward Protests (1934)

06. July 2010 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: 1997 Michigan Championship Ring · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , , , ,

A painful edition of eBay Watch.   Ugh.  The seller claims the band belonged to a “well known player” and is asking $5,999.99:


It’s certainly not the first Michigan football ring to be offered up on eBay and heck, it’s not even the first time someone’s sold a ‘97 championship ring.  Maybe this is the same one just placed back on the block.

Other rings that have been up on eBay over the past couple years:

I think the seller is reaching on the $6K figure.  I’m guessing this would be closer to $2K-$3K item but you never know if a big shot will swoop in to grab it.

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13. June 2010 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: Yost’s Shiny New Packard (1927) · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Next on eBay Watch, it’s the auction of a wonderful signed photo of Fielding H. Yost posing next to a vintage car in front of the original Michigan Stadium press box:

“Most Cordially, Fielding H. Yost – Hurry Up”

According to Robert Soderstrom’s The Big House, the car is an eight-cylinder Packard, a gift to Yost from “several hundred alumni” on the day before the new stadium was dedicated in October 1927.  Yost personally wrote each of the donors:

After two days use I have a great appreciation of the very fine Packard car and all it means to me and Mrs. Yost.  Many memories of my twenty-seven years at Michigan and the fine Michigan men I have known and learned to love have come to me as I have driven over the beautiful hills around Ann Arbor.  Words cannot express to you and other how much I value all these associations.  Forever for Michigan.

The seller is asking $2,750 for all the items in the auction, which includes the Packard photo along with the autographs of each Michigan football coach from 1900-1989.

The same seller is offering up a few signed items from famous Michigan athletes, including this auction of a unique autographed pic of Wolverine great Willie Heston.  Never seen this shot before:


Not sure what is prompting this seller to put these items out there, but he’s swinging for the fences, asking $2,000 for the Heston shot alone. 

In a third auction he’s offering up a dizzying array of autographs from vintage Wolverine greats, asking $4,000.  Includes:

Willie Heston (1903-04), Germany Schulz (1907), Stanfield Wells (1910), James Craig (1913), John Maulbetsch (1914), Ernest Allmendinger (1917), Cedric Smith (1917), Frank Steketee (1918), Henry “Ernie” Vick (1921), Harry Kipke (1922), Jack Blott (1923), Edliff Slaughter (1924), Bennie Oosterbaan (1925-27), Benny Friedman (1926), Otto Pommerning (1928), Maynard Morrison (1931), Harry Newman (1932), Francis “Whitey” Wistert (1933), Charles Bernard (1933), Ralph Heikkinen (1938), Tom Harmon (1939).

While the items signed range from contracts to letters to 3 X 5 cards, also included is this great shot of Tom Harmon, again, one I don’t recall seeing before.  And I’m scratching my head on where the photo was taken:


Another item of note is the back of a ticket stub (per the seller: Penn vs Mich Oct 26, 1940) signed by one of Yost’s early great players, Germany Schultz:


As an aside, I’ve seen enough of Heston, Yost and Harmon signed items to tell you they definitely look authentic.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything signed by Schultz. 

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21. May 2010 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: Intrepidus – The Last Wolverine (1939) · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,


Next up on eBay Watch, we’ve an excellent wire photo of a live mascot wolverine.  The auction description says it dates to October 13, 1939 and was retrieved from the archives of Sport Magazine.   The beast probably was trotted out before the Michigan-Iowa match the next day, a game in which Tom Harmon dominated everyone including Iowa’s great Nile Kinnick:

Harmon and Michigan routed Iowa and Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick 27-7 in 1939.   This was one of the most famous of all Hawkeye teams, but Harmon ran wild, accounting for every Michigan point on four TD’s and three conversion kicks.  One of Tom’s scores was a 90-yard interception return.

At first glance I assumed I was gazing at either Biff or Bennie in that cage, one of the live wolverines that Fielding Yost obtained in the 1920s.  That story was detailed in this March 2008 post, ‘Yost Wants a Real Wolverine, Dead or Alive’.  If you recall, FHY saw the Wisconsin team carrying around a live badger and got a wicked case of mascot envy.

A wire here, a letter there and next thing you know ‘Biff’ and ‘Bennie’ are being paraded out during Michigan home games:

U-M Bentley Library

So naturally at first I figured the eBay auction photo featured one of those original carcajous, perhaps a bit long in the tooth.  But after a little digging it’s likely that the ferocious fellow is actually “Intrepidus”!:

In 1937, the Chevrolet Motor Company donated a wolverine (as well as the cage to keep it in) to the University of Michigan. A contest was held to name the new mascot and “Intrepidus” was the winning entry. It is unclear how long Intrepidus survived, but it is known that no live wolverines have been in Michigan Stadium in the last half-century. – U-M Bentley Library

These beasts aren’t meant to be caged and I’m guessing Intrepidus didn’t make it much past ‘39.   And speaking of dead wolverines, some of you who live in the area might have heard that what’s believed to be the last known living one in Michigan was found dead back in March:

photo: via MLive, credit: Steve Noble

Adding insult to this sad story, thanks to a group of meddling kids from the Soo, there’s legislation in Lansing to nix Michigan’s ‘The Wolverine State’ nickname:

State Rep. Gary McDowell, D-Rudyard, has introduced legislation to designate “Great Lakes  State” as the official nickname for Michigan. McDowell said Wednesday that the lakes “define us as a state” and deserve to be honored.  The legislation stems from a request for an official nickname designation by Sault Ste. Marie sixth-graders in 2002.  Besides, with the death earlier this year of the state’s only known living specimen, Michigan can hardly continue to claim to be the “Wolverine State.”

Don’t you people have anything better to do?   Punks.

P.S.  According to Wikipedia Rep. McDowell’s home district of Rudyard, MI is in the UP a bit north of the bridge.  The town was indeed named after poet Rudyard Kipling, a favorite of Lloyd Carr.   (But I’m still mad.)

Here’s the full auction for the Intrepidus wire photo.

25. April 2010 · Comments Off on eBay Watch: Yost’s Signature Helmet (1926) · Categories: Archive 2009 · Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Fielding Yost dedicated the good years of his life to University of Michigan athletics but his influence and business interests stretched beyond Ann Arbor.  He wrote books, appeared in movies, spoke all over the country and even added his name to certain products. 

This edition of eBay Watch starts with the auction of a vintage 1920s-ish leather helmet, the design approved by the Grand Old Man:


The back of the helmet, produced by A.J. Reach of Philadelphia, even bears Yost’s signature with his popular nickname “Hurry Up”:

hurry_up_yost_autograph hurry_up_yost_autograph_comparison
The signature on the back of the helmet.  Top right, a Yost autograph from the 1940s

The helmet appears to be a part of a whole line of football equipment produced by Reach using the brand name of Yost and another big name coach at the time, “Tad” Jones of Yale:


Since you know I’d love to see one of these helmets in action, I couldn’t resist:


The auction for the helmet ends April 29 and has already fetched several bids putting it over $150.  I’m guessing it’ll fetch close to $500.

Other Yost Stuff
A couple of very cool postcards from Yost’s early years on campus:

1905 Vintage Yost postcard, auction bidding currently up to $24.95:


A.C. Dietsche 1907 Fielding Yost postcard, seller asking a whopping $300:



Fielding Yost Through the Years 1901-1940 (YouTube video)
Michigan’s Grand Old Man Laid to Rest
Norm Daniels’ 1931 Michigan Jersey
Suit Up like One of Yost’s men

Reaching way back on this instance of eBay Watch, we start with a remarkable wire photo printed in 1929 of a scene from the 1895 Michigan-Chicago game, held in the Windy City on Thanksgiving Day:

1895 Chicago Michigan football

It appears as though someone did a 1929 version of a photocopy, actually taking a photo of a photo to produce a copy.  I cropped the shot above but in the full version you can see a finger holding down a corner of the old pic alongside a caption:


Why didn’t they just use the original photo for this piece?  No idea.  Perhaps the papers required the images be in a certain size, format and/or medium.

While the back of the photo says it was reproduced in 1929, it appears as though it ran (perhaps reran) in a 1931 piece in the Chicago Tribune which reproduced the old photo for an article on the life of legendary Chicago coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.  Here’s how it looked in the paper:

1931 Chicago Tribune

The caption reads:

This is a view of the Chicago-Michigan game, Thanksgiving day 1895.  You will note that the fans came in tallyhos, buggies and sleighs.  It was played at Staff field, then called Marshall Field, after the donor of the ground.  Michigan won the game 12 to 0.

The Game
Digging deeper, I recovered a recap of the 1895 Michigan victory from the Trib including some beautiful old school, cigar-chomping sportswriting.  According to ‘The Story of The Game’, the first score happened like this:

The Capt. Henninger gritted his teeth, tucked the leather spheroid under his arm, and sailed in to show them how the game was played against Harvard.  He found his opening and went through it, but after he crossed the goal line and was tackled the ball broke away and went rolling off into the snow.   But Richards was on hand.  Quick as a flash he threw himself on the ball, holding it so firmly that the crowd of men falling on him could not dislodge it, and the first touchdown was made.  Score- Michigan 4, Chicago 0.

Later, under the subtitle “Prettiest Play of the Game,” the Trib described this superhuman tackle by a Wolverine:

The ball was given to [Chicago’s half back] Gale, who found an opening large enough to drive a tally-ho coach through.  In a second he was beyond the line and running for the Michigan goal like the wind.  There was only one man available to stop his progress.  That was [Michigan’s Full Back]  Bloominsgton.   And he did it in a way that will not be forgotten by the 10,000 spectators until next season.   The two men were both at top speed and running almost at right angles.  When Bloomingston reached just the right point he put out his arms and made a headlong flying dive.  For several seconds he hung in the air and then struck Gale just below the hips.  It is needless to say that Gale went down as if struck with the heavy part of a trip hammer, while the crowd on the bleachers screamed themselves hoarse at the prettiest tackle ever seen on the Marshall Field.

Other notes from the game:

  • Bloomingston scored Michigan second touchdown from 15 yards out, but he exactly score “no one seems to know.”   He ended up getting stopped “on the top of the huge now bank back of the goal line.”
  • The game started at 11:33am, and the teams played two thirty-five minute halves.
  • As noted above, touchdowns were worth 4, kicked extra points 2.
  • Early in the game Michigan came close to a first down, requiring the referee “to measure with a handkerchief.”
  • Chicago’s Quarter Back “Ewing” was listed in the box score as injured: “collar bone broken.”

Michigan’s 1895 squad was one of the finest of the pre-Yost (and even pre-The Victors) period, finishing 8-1, outscoring opponents 266-14, dropping just a 4-0 game to eastern powerhouse Harvard.

Elsewhere on eBay:

  • Revenge Served Cold (with Stuffing): Speaking of Chicago and Thanksgiving, the teams met again on that Thursday in 1905.  Stagg delivered to Fielding Yost his first loss since the Michigan legend stepped foot in Ann Arbor in 1901, a 2-0 defeat.  This week a seller is offering a program to the game, currently bid up to $405 but it’ll surely go higher:

1905 Chicago Michigan Program

  • Credential of the Century: Has there ever been a bigger regular season game (not involving Michigan) for our rivals?   The 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State game was dubbed ‘The Game of the Century’ and famously ended in a 10-10 tie.  On eBay today is a press pass to the game, bidding currently at $250:

1966 Michigan State Notre Dame Press Pass