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
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 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.