A Chicago business man's $6,500 bid won him stitches removed from Chicago Blackhawks player Andrew Shaw.
By Sam GardnerFoxSports
A few weeks ago we brought to your attention a strange online auction for Andrew Shaw's stitches from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Well, the bids are in, and the stitches have a new owner who is no stranger to ponying up for odd Chicago sports artifacts.
Sunday night, the auction’s official Facebook page announced that Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray Restaurant Group, made the $6,500 winning bid in the eBay auction. All of the proceeds will go to The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research.
It is just the latest odd collectible purchased by DePorter, who made news in 2003 when he paid $113,824.16 for the infamous “Bartman Ball” from the 2003 NLCS, then blew it up on live television:
DePorter, in the past, has also paid $8,962.50 for the ball used in the last out of the 1945 World Series, when the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers, and $16,567 for Sammy Sosa's corked bat.
He has also purchased a ball from Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game, a Paul Konerko grand slam ball and Orlando Palmeiro's "last out bat" from the White Sox’s 2005 World Series win, and the batting gloves Starlin Castro wore in his six-RBI MLB debut.
After the Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup win, DePorter spent months trying to find the puck used for Patrick Kane’s series-winning overtime goal in Game 6, and offered a $50,000 reward. He didn’t end up getting that piece of Blackhawks memorabilia — it was eventually tracked down but not for sale — so he made it a point not to lose this one.
"A lot of people thought i would go after Andrew Shaw's Stitches and they were right," DePorter wrote on Facebook Sunday night, via DNAInfo. "The Ebay Auction just ended and I won.
"I spent 8 months going after the 2010 Stanley Cup missing puck but could not get it in the end. I could not let this pass by too. In the end the stitches went for $6,500. I will put them at Harry Caray's at Navy Pier when they arrive. The money went to a great cause the V Foundation."
Generally speaking, it would be hard to justify dropping $6,500 on some used stitches, but in this case, that’s a pretty cool way to spend some dough.