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The market has now been set for autographed, worn Joe Paterno glasses: a cool $9,000.

An online auction to benefit Penn State Public Broadcasting, which ended on Saturday, was won by Michelle and Kevin Coppola, who are now the proud owners of a Hall of Fame-worthy piece of memorabilia on the level of Tom Landry's hat or Walter Payton's headband.

JoePa recently underwent eye surgery to improve his vision and will be switching to thinner lenses, which means his trademark Coke-bottle look will sadly go by the wayside. But a Paterno spokesperson said that the timing of the surgery and the auction are purely coincidental. If that's true, that's one heck of a coincidence, because as everyone knows, once an item goes out of circulation, the value surges (sold-out tickets, deceased celebrity autographs, etc.). At least in this case the money went to a good cause.

Paterno's glasses go for $9,000 [ESPN]

Bid on Joe Paterno's glasses []

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JW said...

What a rip. I got Walt Harris's sunglasses for a mere $35 a couple years ago.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

How did Adam not win the bidding war?

BOD said...

Is that all the Hubble Telescope is worth these days? NASA is really taking it on the chin.