We get some oddly named items up for sale on eBay, but this one has to be the strangest I have come across in a long time. Today’s remarkable listing is called ANDREW SHAW’S STITCHES AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE V FOUNDATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH:
Without knowing who Andrew Shaw is, or reading the description, it is hard to believe anyone would ever actually be selling stitches. What is even more incredible (again, without any context), is that the high bid is currently $3,400. Now, there are a lot of things I think I would like to buy with $3K, and stitches does not immediately come to mind.
But that is because I am not a hockey fan. If we zoom out a bit on what is on offer, you’ll be given a glimpse of the entire picture:
As you can see, there is more to this story than initially meets the eye. The listing tells us the story:
“Here it is! The official auction lot of The Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Forward Andrew Shaw’s Stitches Display from the puck he took to the face in Game Six of The Stanley Cup Finals.”
Intriguing, yes, but not quite the entire story. Here is the rest:
“Andrew Shaw took a puck to the face during Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. He laid motionless on the ice but he returned later in the game and finished the game to be a part of his team winning the game and the 2013 Stanley Cup. Andrew’s iconic photograph from this game holding The Cup over his head with his face bleeding has become one of the most loved pictures in Chicago hockey history.
This auction is for a framed display that includes an autographed 8×10 photograph of Andrew Shaw holding The Cup over his head that has been certified authentic by PSA/DNA Authentication as they witnessed Andrew autograph this photograph. Next to the photograph is a hermetically sealed packet with Andrew Shaw’s actual stitches from the puck he took to the face during Game Six of the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals. Andrew has personally autographed a letter of authenticity on Chicago Blackhawks stationary that states that these were his stitches from the game.”
That is pretty unbelievable, but here is the video of Shaw taking the puck to the face to prove it:
There are also a number of other autographed items included in the sale, including pucks, photographs, and more. Click here to see the entire description.
The best part about this whole thing? All the money raised will benefit a good cause, the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The V Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find cures for cancer. Per Andrew Shaw’s request, The V Foundation has promised all of the money raised will be given to grants for breast cancer research. And finally, the V Foundation will be matching the funds raised in the auction 2 for 1, so every dollar raised in this auction will be multiplied!
A great cause, a unique item (to say the least), and a hockey fan’s dream come true. So what are you waiting for? Get bidding!