An “authentic’’ piece of wood from the garage where Larry Bird practiced basketball as a child in French Lick, Indiana, two cans of Larry Bird Mountain Dew, and a clay bust of Larry Legend himself, these are just a few of the must-have items for Larry Bird fanatics in this weekend’s Larry Bird auction on eBay.
So those yearning for a Larry Bird beach towel, a painting of Larry Bird on Mount Rushmore, or a “Larry Bird’s Inner Circle’’ vest better be willing to pony up, as the overall collection has been appraised between $280,000 and $340,000, according to its owner, Randy Switser.
Switser, of Colorado, said he is not a professional sports memorabilia collector; he owns a landscaping and lawn-maintenance company and is just a huge Larry Bird fan.
“He came to play every night,’’ Switser said, “and after we met (in 1992), he was always cordial and generous to me.’’
Switser said it won’t be easy to part with his Bird memorabilia, including signed Converses that Bird wore in the mid ’80s.
“I’m getting older though,’’ he said. “It’s time somebody else enjoy it.’’