I’d be willing to bet cash money that you were just thinking to yourself, “Self, my shrine to the Chicago Bulls is nearly finished. I need only obtain one final pièce de résistance to make it complete.” Well, I have just the resistance piece for you: A pair of game-used shoes worn by none other than “Big Shot” Larry Hughes.
According to the product description: “Up For Bid Is a Pair Of Game Used Shoes Worn By NBA All Star & Chicago Bulls Star Larry Hughes. The Shoes Were Given To Me After A Game At The United Center in Chicago. The Size of The Shoes Are 14. The Shoes Are Customized And Say In Stitching ‘YAA & Also Homegrown.’ These Shoes Are Very Hard To Get So Get Them While You Can! Also Shoes Show Very Good Use As You Can See In the Picture.”
There are those who claim you can’t put a price of history, but this seller did, and it’s a steep one: The “Buy It Now” cost is $179.99 (plus there’s a $10 shipping and handling charge). That seems like a lot to pay for five pounds of cowhide and synthetic materials that carry the stale aroma of Larry Hughes’ sweaty feet. Unless of course they’re the shoes he used to walk out of Chicago after he was traded to the Knicks…but I don’t think that’s the case.
Another dubious aspect of this particular auction is this addendum to the product description: “This Autographed Photo Comes With A King James Collectables Certificate Of Authenticity And A Money Back GUARANTEE!” Maybe the seller just made a mistake, but if this is a scam, well, I can’t imagine a greater act of cruelty than tricking someone into paying almost $200 for a picture of Larry Hughes’ sneakers. Short of giving someone season tickets to the Clippers, anyway.