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Strangest, most interesting fan items available

4/20/2015

The Internet is a dark and twisty place full of rabbit holes for any college football fan with an hour or two (or 10) to spare.

And for that fan who's fed up with showing his or her support with just a cap or T-shirt or sweatshirt, the Internet is a boundless wonderland of interesting items for purchase whether a fan has $10 or $10,000.

Don't believe me?

If you're a USC fan, $10,000 will buy you a football signed by 40 members of the 1929 USC football team. However, it's worth mentioning that if $10k was your max budget, the $12.95 shipping fee would put you just over that. More of an East Coast/Midwest football fan that has that kind of money to drop on a single item?

Well, this Knute Rockne memorial plaque is just the ticket. And, with free shipping this will put football fans at $10,000 exactly. (Don't have to worry about breaking that budget, phew.)

Don't have $10,000 to drop? Or, maybe you just don't have the right spot in your house for a $10,000 plaque/football? That's fine -- eBay offers so many other items that fit your space and spending limit.

For the fans who are more into the antiquarian realm when it comes to their college football teams, maybe they could consider leather helmets. A Michigan helmet goes for $2,900 while a Wisconsin helmet costs less about one tenth of that at $294.

If that's still a bit too much money to spend on something so dated then maybe consider a 1950's or 1960's bowl game pin. Washington State's will only run you $19.95. Same with West Virginia and Illinois among others.

Still not old enough? Then, how about a ticket to the 1901 Harvard-Yale match up? This relic will only run you $175 (plus $2 shipping) which means you'll only pay $175.50 more than the person who actually bought this ticket in 1901.

But if that's still too recent and fans are looking for something from the 19th century, then maybe this would be perfect. This letter from 1895 -- written from a high school coach to a college coach -- displays all the traits that high school-college correspondence of 2015 lacks ... beautiful penmanship and a high school coach informing a college coach that he's simply too late considering his athlete chose the University of Pennsylvania over Union College (gotta love those 1895 recruiting battles).

Still not finding exactly what you want? Well, here are some items for niche markets:

No matter what a college football fan wants, there's a good chance that it can be found and bought online ... assuming that fan has enough free time and money. And for those who don't? They'll just have to live without a life spent in an adult onesie pinned with a 1950 Stanford bowl pin while reading Hayes' playbook on some Tiger Stadium seats. Sometimes life's just like that.