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Bidding for Nelson's bone chips reaches $23,600

Posted: Wednesday May 15, 2002 10:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday May 15, 2002 10:37 PM
  Jeff Nelson How much would up pay for Jeff Nelson's bone chips? Otto Greule/Getty Images

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners are paying right-handed reliever Jeff Nelson $10.65 million over three years for his arm. The eBay bidding reached $23,600 for his bone chips -- until the auction was stopped.

The online company stopped the Nelson auction Wednesday, saying it doesn't allow the sale of body parts. The site was up for about 24 hours.

Kevin Pursglove, an eBay spokesman, confirmed the sale did not go through, noting "eBay has a portion of its listing guidelines which covers human parts and remains."

Nelson, 35, had surgery Friday to remove bone chips from the elbow of his pitching arm. He's expected to be out for four to six weeks.

"I brought them around the clubhouse with me on Saturday, and I said that I should put them on eBay and all the guys started laughing," Nelson told

Sports talk radio show host Dave Mahler of KJR told him the same thing "so we decided to do it," Nelson said.

"It was unbelievable how high it got," Nelson said. "But I don't know what we are going to do now."

He did concede "it's kind of embarrassing that someone would want to buy something that came out of your elbow."

The pitcher declined comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The eBay auction description specified that the final bid for the bone chips would go to a charity of Nelson's choice.

Brian Lambert of KJR said Wednesday night that Mahler and station colleagues were still hoping to sell the bone chips and were trying to contact the last half-dozen or so eBay bidders.

Mahler also was considering setting up a separate Web site to continue the bidding, Lambert said.

Gum chewed during a game by Luis Gonzalez of the Arizona Diamondbacks sold for $10,000 in April on an individual Web site.

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