A few people have asked me through emails or posts about the status of the Pat Maloy Scholarship Online Auction which has been going on all football season at http://www.umich.cmarket.com . If you haven't checked it out, please do so. The auction proceeds go to raise money for University of Michigan students who either have cancer or who have direct family members who have battled cancer. About 70 of the 200 items we're auctioning off this football season have been sold so there is still plenty to bid on and time to go but items close every day and a swath of items close at the end of October so check in while you can. We've raised nearly $25,000 this fall so far and hope to continue to push that number up.
The one trend in this auction that is confusing those of us who work on it is the fact that our bidders are not showing Chad Henne or Mike Hart much love. We have four items currently up for bid signed by Chad Henne (with a fifth coming up Nov 1st) and they've all been hovering around the minimum bids:
Even more confounding is the complete lack of action on the three Mike Hart items we currently are offering for bids:
Not one has a bid on any of them. Zero. Zip. Nada. Zilch for the schools all time career rushing leader and one of the most popular players to ever wear the winged helmet (and an active NFL player to boot).
Are you all seeing something I'm not with these? Anybody got any theories on what might be going on? I don't think we priced them too high (all the Hart stuff is between $89 and $109). It just sort of defies all of what we thought we knew about how to do the auction.
Thanks for your time and for those of you who have bid or offer commentary, thanks as well. Anything you all can do to spread the word to our fellow Wolverine faithful about the auction is appreciated. Again, the main online auction website is http://www.umich.cmarket.com if you want to see our entire catalog.