Posted: 6:00 am Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Auction on Cumberland ball counting down 

By Ken Sugiura

 

As of late Thursday night, this ball was worth almost $15,000 and could end up being worth far more than that by Saturday night. (SCP Auctions)

As of late Thursday night, this ball was worth almost $15,000 and could end up being worth far more than that by Saturday night. (SCP Auctions)

As of noon Friday, the bidding for what is believed to be the game ball from Georgia Tech’s 222-0 win over Cumberland held at $15,700, almost triple the $5,000 opening bid.

The bidding may skyrocket before the auction ends late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, which, if it hasn’t happened already, could squash Tech’s hopes to secure the historic ball.

The ball was put up for auction Aug. 6 by a southern California auction house. For decades, it had belonged to the LA84 Foundation, a non-profit that funds youth sports in southern California and studies the role of sport in society. The foundation inherited the ball as a part of a collection of artifacts from a Los Angeles sports museum opened in the 1930’s. The museum received it from a sports collector named Bill Schroeder. The foundation is selling it as a fund-raiser.

Terry Melia, a spokesman for SCP Auctions, wrote in an e-mail that “the auction bidding takes on a life of its own during the final 24 hours.” The auction closes open bidding Saturday at 10 p.m. EDT. However, at that point, anyone who has already made a bid can continue bidding on any item he or she has already bid on during what is called the “extended bidding period.” Melia wrote that that session typically lasts six or seven more hours. It ends only when no bids are made on any item in the entire lot for 15 minutes.

As an example of how frenetic the final 24 hours of an auction can be, Melia gave the example of a gold medal won by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin that went up for auction last fall. The bidding went from $400,000 to $1,466,574 in the final day.

At nearly $15,000, the ball may have already eclipsed Tech’s ability to bid for the ball. While Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski said on the day the auction began that the athletic department intended to bid for the ball, he also said that Tech was not in a position to get into a bidding war over the ball and that “it would be spectacular” if someone with Tech ties would be inclined to win the ball and put the ball on display at Tech and/or at the College Football Hall of Fame, which opens Saturday.

One of two known photographs from the Tech-Cumberland game. I suspect Tech was the team in the all-dark jerseys, infuriating alumni in the west stands. (GEORGIA TECH ARCHIVES)

One of two known photographs from the Tech-Cumberland game. I suspect Tech was the team in the all-dark jerseys, infuriating alumni in the west stands. Others wondered when Tech could get out of its Russell contract. (GEORGIA TECH ARCHIVES)

 

A team photo of the 1916 team. Coach John Heisman is in the back row on the left. In the week after the game, he was inundated by callers to the radio show wanting to know when Tech was going to start throwing the ball. (GEORGIA TECH ARCHIVES)

A team photo of the 1916 team. Coach John Heisman is in the back row on the left. In the week after the game, he was inundated by callers to his radio show wanting to know when Tech was going to open up the passing game. (GEORGIA TECH ARCHIVES)

27 comments
OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

The bid is over 27K with 3 hours to go. I hope it winds up in Atlanta!

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

probably some rich dude such as Bill Gates might buy the football; he did speak at Tech via videostream; he said alot of Microsoft employees went to Tech

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

here everybody goes to the Chik Bowl to see Tech in a little bit of the old colors from the old Atl years, and Tech earned a berth to play in that Bowl fair and square, and Tech comes out on the field looking like Navy where CPJ used to coach at, with navy jerseys and gold pants; no wonder Tech lost to LSU; then CPJ gets weirder the next year with unstreamlined old gold side stripes for the pants that were real wide, and Tech didn't do as well as the previous year; then for the next two years Tech wears black diagonal side stripes on white pants, black being half of Georgia's colors, and continues the downward win/loss slide, going all the way over four years from almost all white unis to black in the spectrum, from win/loss records of better to worse, all the while more and more irritating the Atl old Tech vanguard, and out of state Tech vanguard 

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

You notice the worn condition of the leather, and then you notice the lettering that looks like it was written on the ball perhaps within this year or this century- the bold, dark  unworn-looking print. It just looks phony. For the jerseys, I could see old gold as the darkest colors, but not really black. Now I could also see dark blue worn, perhaps on top of white pants, and with gold helmets on top. However, navy on top of gold pants just couldn't win against LSU, not with the unis worn that year being the ones the Atl crowd expected to see for that game- the unis with the old gold chest stripes that some called mustard gold. To obtain old gold connected with Tech is very difficult to do, even though it used to be the school color along with white. Try finding some old gold t-shirts or sweatshirts in the men's section of wramblinwreck.com, or try bn.com student center at Tech. I think only the T-club gets old gold jackets, but they have to wear newbie "Buzz" patches on them and not the BD years yj patches that were on those jackets' sleeves in the 60's and 70's. Those were the real T-club jackets, these newbie ones aren't, they're phony-looking.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

"I suspect Tech was the team in the all-dark jerseys, infuriating alumni in the west stands. "

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Careful @KenAJC @SupersizeThatOrder-mutt gets grumpy about the dark jersies and shirts.

GT1973
GT1973

My grandfather, Tech EE 1913, might well have been at this game. Shame on me for never asking him about it. Nice humor in the comments Ken. "You Dropped It. You Pick It Up!"


GTLee
GTLee

It has just been reported that one of the callers to Heisman's radio show wanting more passing was none other than Birmingham Jacket's grandpappy.

juvenal
juvenal

thanks, Ken-as the biggest gripr about russell, i appreciate the shout out...maybe i'm the only one that does stuff outside enough to tell the wickin' dif......... 

JM64
JM64

Hoping GT can gt this part of its history.

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

Comments underneath both photos are hysterical.

If they are yours, Ken, have you consider a career as a stand up comic?

AtlantaNative62
AtlantaNative62

It may be meaningless to you but it has meaning to a lot of other people.  And to be blunt, what makes you the authority on what has value?  Perhaps it is you who has a meaningless life that is only worth 99 cents?  Bottom line is the value of anything is what someone is willing to pay for it.  So right now, that ball is worth around $15K.

forexbomb
forexbomb

It should be worth about .99 cents.. Only in America.. A worn out football from a meaningless game that someone is willing to pay thousands of dollars...  Wow.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@drydirtroad 

Everyone knows I don't like using the color blue, but only you would claim that whatever color or uniform style affects the record.  Are you really THAT stupid?

Hayseed_Dixie
Hayseed_Dixie

@drydirtroad "he lettering that looks like it was written on the ball perhaps within this year or this century- the bold, dark  unworn-looking print. It just looks phony."


There was this discipline that existed pre-internet, it was called calligraphy.   


I've seen centuries-old Kakemono that look like they were made yesterday.  Google it.


I appreciate the fact that you're a little off-the-reservation, but ignorance is never becoming of anyone. 

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@GTLee

That's funny.

However I watched the arch-rival game again yesterday and Vad sure looked good.

2nd and goal from the 7, the TO got stuffed.

Yea I want more passing but probably not from JT.

The chance to have another Joe Hamilton type QB and to beat Uga: that ship has sailed thanks to the TO.

Saying a guy is scared who nearly ran Uga out of BDS revealed more about the accusers than the subject.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@forexbomb your valuation may be accurate, but I'd hardly limit the act of attaching sentiment (and value) to inanimate objects a solely American trait.

GTBob
GTBob

@GTQBdefender Vad was 11 for 23 with two interceptions against UGA. He had moments where he looked good, especially in the first half, but overall im not sure he played all that great of a game.