Tech memorabilia still available in online auction
August 14, 2003

A couple of weeks ago, the Virginia Tech athletics department launched an auction site as part of the athletics department website, hokiesports.com (go to hokiesports.com/auction/), and the auction is still continuing. The athletics department, which first got permission from the Commonwealth to do this, is offering the public a variety of rare or unique Tech sports memorabilia such as football helmets, jerseys, banners and more. All bidding is being conducted online.

"When Michael Vick was here, I got all kinds of e-mails and questions from people wanting to purchase a game jersey or somehow to get a helmet," said Sharon McCloskey, Tech's senior women's administrator, who came up with the idea for this auction. "I thought having an online auction would be a good idea for Tech fans not just around here, but around the country, to bid on authentic items with special meaning."

The site shows the items being auctioned off and the current bid. Some of the items include the Sugar Bowl banner that hung in the team hotel when the Hokies played for the national championship. By the way, Vick autographed that banner, so it certainly is special.

A lot of the items fall into that category. For example, game balls from the LSU, Texas A&M and UVa are available, along with a 2000 Sugar Bowl leather jacket - the same one the players from both teams received - a couple of men's basketball game jerseys, and a 1979 Metro Conference tournament championship banner. Other game jerseys and practice jerseys are up for bid.

"With a lot of these items, we'd normally send them to surplus," McCloskey said. "But this gives people a chance to purchase them.

"The thing people need to understand, though, is we're not going to be doing this every year. So they need to take advantage of it."

To bid on an item, you have to register, filling out a quick and easy registration form. After you register, you should receive an e-mail confirmation with your login name and password. If you've already registered, you can begin bidding.

The auction runs through Sept. 16th. Afterwards, the Tech athletics department will notify the winning bidders, process their credit card orders and ship the items to them.