The Yankees are auctioning off about 1,500 pieces of memorabilia from their old stadium. One of the cheapest things you can buy is dirt. Yes, you can buy a spoonful of dirt for $80 which has been in the stadium. It comes encased in the form of a shiny paperweight. Click here.
Here is the description:
This Yankee Stadium Inaugural Season paper weight is laser engraved on the inside with the inaugural season logo. This piece also includes a coin holder filled with actual dirt from Yankee Stadium. This is a great way to celebrate the new building and commemorate the inaugural season. This piece includes an MLB Authentic Hologram and a Yankees-Steiner Letter of Authenticity. Dirt capsules are not filled to capacity.
Here is a snippet from a related Bloomberg piece:
All Yankee dirt since 1952, including the dirt used in the new $1.5 billion stadium across the street from the old building, has come from Beam Clay in Great Meadows, New Jersey.
Even though a coin-shaped dirt memento at $80 is among the cheapest souvenirs on offer, it still seems like a lot to Beam Clay owner Jim Kelsey.
â€œItâ€™s nice to know something we made means that much to somebody,â€ Kelsey said in a telephone interview from his business about 65 miles west of the Bronx. â€œBut I can just go outside and get some myself. They could buy a 50-pound bag for a lot less.â€