New York Yankees Stadium Auction

by Manshu on May 17, 2009

in Opinion

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.

“It’s nice to know something we made means that much to somebody,” Kelsey said in a telephone interview from his business about 65 miles west of the Bronx. “But I can just go outside and get some myself. They could buy a 50-pound bag for a lot less.”

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