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Celtics on eBay: Bill Russell’s signed parquet 09.16.11 at 4:03 pm ET
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It’s time to take you into the weekend with the eighth edition of Celtics on eBay. We ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’€™s get started.

We’ve had some pretty hefty landslides in weeks past, but it’s always interesting to find out — for example — that 42 people would be willing to pay $275 for Brian Scalabrine‘s sweat-soaked Celtics practice jersey. Who are these people with that kind of expendable scratch, and how do I hang out with them?

Anywho, this week’s item is pretty straightforward: A 4×9-inch piece of the old Boston Garden parquet floor signed by Bill Russell, the greatest winner in sports history. Now, I’ve got to imagine more people would pay $300 for this than Scalabrine’s skivvies. But who knows? Anything can happen when it comes to Celtics on eBay.

Would you pay $299.99 for a piece of the old Boston Garden parquet signed by Bill Russell?

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Celtics on eBay: Brian Scalabrine’s practice jersey 09.09.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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It’s time to take you into the weekend with the seventh edition of Celtics on eBay. We ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’€™s get started.

This week’s item isn’t even a game-worn jersey from legendary Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine. It’s a practice-worn jersey. We talkin’ about practice. Not a game. Not the game that he goes out there and dies for and plays every game like it’s his last. Not the game. We talkin’ about practice, man. The only thing worse than a Brian Scalabrine game jersey is a Brian Scalabrine practice jersey. And the only thing worse than that is one that he’s actually worn, sweating all over it and stinking it up. But I guess it’s signed, so the dude is asking $275 for it …

Would you pay $275.00 for Brian Scalabrine's practice-worn jersey?

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Celtics on eBay: Danny Ainge’s Blue Jays bat 09.02.11 at 4:17 pm ET
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It’s time to take you into the weekend with the sixth edition of Celtics on eBay. We ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’€™s get started.

Last week I actually bid three months of a blogger’s salary (or $20) for Tommy Heinsohn‘s handwritten thoughts from his Hall of Fame enshrinement day in 1986, but someone out-bid me by 50 cents about five minutes before the auction ended. Oh, well. I guess that’s the price you don’t pay. At least I know now that I have a nemesis out there — a Kurt Rambis to my Kevin McHale, if you will.

Anyhow, this week’s item is a game-used bat from Danny Ainge‘s storied career as a member of the Blue Jays from 1979-81 — for the low, low price of $350. A brief rundown of Ainge’s time in Toronto: .220 batting average, .264 on-base percentage and .269 slugging percentage. A modern-day Fritz Knothe if I ever did see one.

Would you pay $350.00 for Danny Ainge's game-used Toronto Blue Jays bat circa 1978?

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Celtics on eBay: Tommy Heinsohn’s Hall of Fame thoughts 08.26.11 at 3:21 pm ET
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Yup, it’s time to take you into the weekend with the fifth edition of Celtics on eBay. Basically we ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’€™s get started.

Last week was the first item I even would have considered buying, but this week is the first item I’ve actually bid on. For real. I just bid 20 bucks for Tommy Heinsohn‘s handwritten thoughts on his enshrinement day in 1986 at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Twenty dollars is a lot of money. Where does a WEEI.com blogger get that kind of coin? Well, I had to save up months for it, Ok. Go ahead and try to out-bid me.

If you can’t read what Heinsohn wrote, believe it or not he actually doesn’t mention a single referee’s missed call:

“My career in basketball taught me one thing. Glory is not what it’s all about, but rather the mastering of one’s self in all ways to meet a challenge. The only recognition needed is by one’s own understanding of what they’re doing or what they would do better.

“Yes it was nice to be selected as a Hall of Famer but it was not the cap off of a career that justified my efforts. That was achieved years before when I learned how to focus who I am on what I worked at and liked.”

Signed: “Tom Heinsohn”

 That deserves like a thousand Tommy Points, right? Oh, yeah, and it’s his 77th birthday. You’ve got to be kidding me!!!

Would you pay $19.99 for Tommy Heinsohn's handwritten thoughts from his 1986 Hall of Fame enshrinement?

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Celtics on eBay: Red Auerbach’s signed cigar 08.19.11 at 4:55 pm ET
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It’s time to take you into the weekend with the latest edition of Celtics on eBay, which has now had four different names in four different weeks. Basically we ask, “Would you pay [a pretty penny] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’€™s get started.

This might be the first thing I would actually buy. It’s a cigar. Signed by Red Auerbach. The greatest basketball coach in the history of basketball coaches (well, other than M.L. Carr). For 310 bucks. …

Or is it? I just spent an hour trying to figure out if the guy pictured signing the cigar is actually Red Auerbach or not. I still can’t decide. Either way, I still might buy it.

Would you pay $309.99 for a cigar signed by legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach?

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Celtics eBay Friday: Arnie Risen’s 1957 Celtics contract 08.12.11 at 12:00 pm ET
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After the raging success of our new running feature, we’ll continue with the third edition of Celtics eBay Fridays, taking you into the weekend with a poll question along these lines: “Would you pay [ridiculous amount] for [current or former member of the Celtics]’ [eBay item]?” Confusing enough? Good. Let’€™s get started.” (Ok, it’s not a raging success. It’s more of a mild-to-apathetic response.)

Two weeks ago, we featured Celtics guard Ray Allen‘s Air Jordans, and the people let their voice be heard: 160-of-267 voters said “Hell no!” they wouldn’t buy the Nike Air Jordan VIII sneakers for $1,450.

Then, Celtics eBay Fridays earned international acclaim last week when former UMass standout Tony Gaffney — now playing in Germany via a short stint with the Celtics — weighed in and denied the 1-carat diamond earrings and “autographed” receipts being sold for $3,950 under his name were actually his. Still, with that knowledge, 6-of-90 people said “Hell yes!” they would buy the overpriced jewelry. Not to mention Gaffney gave Celtics eBay Fridays his seal of approval: “This is kinda funny.” (Ok, it’s not a full-blown approval, but we’ll take it.)

Now, without further ado, let’s move on to this week’s Celtics eBay Friday item and poll question of the week. Someone is selling an original contract signed by Arnie Risen, who averaged 8.0 points on 38.8 percent shooting and 1.2 assists per game as a member of the 1957 NBA champion Celtics (their first of 17!).

While Kevin Garnett made $235,000 per game for the Celtics this past season, Risen made 50 bucks a game, so it would make sense that Arnie himself would be selling his old contract for $1,200. Except for the fact it’s advertised as Artie Risen’s signed contract, although he is 86 years old. I guess we’ll never really know, since I’ll assume he won’t pull a Tony Gaffney and comment on this blog over the weekend. Anywho, onto the question …

Would you pay $1,200 for Arnie Risen's original 1957 Boston Celtics signed contract?

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