Depending upon the body part with which they have come in contact, some artifacts with even higher “eew” factors are even more highly treasured. Pitcher Nolan Ryan’s jockstrap sold for $25,000. A bloody sock worn by pitcher Curt Schilling went for $92,613. Even things that have come in contact with the bodies of non-athletic sports figures have a market. When he paid $2,500 for a toilet seat once used by former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, the buyer explained, “I wanted to see where Art Modell made all of his business decisions.”
Which makes that buyer a paragon of normalcy compared with the guy who bought a cast worn on the foot of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Asked by the Washington Post if he would ever sniff his purchase, he admitted, “Probably. The worse it smells, the happier I am, because that makes it more unique. Some people have RGIII game-worn jerseys, and they’re stained or whatever. I might have his foot stink. That’s special to me.”
Maybe $5,000 for a mouth guard isn’t so weird, after all.