Big Papi's bed sells for big bucks (all for charity, of course)

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The autographed bed of Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz sold for $10,000 last week as part of a charity auction in Boston.

Donated by Ortiz and his wife, Tiffany, it was sold as part of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless program’s “A Home of Our Own” campaign.

It included a king-size mattress, box springs and a headboard signed by Big Papi himself. The bidding reached five-figures on its eighth and final bid. (See the auction here.)

Who buys such an item? What does a collector do with it? Check out a Q&A with the winner here.

I’m 110 percent sure that the matching Red Sox bedspread had something to do with that price, but I really don’t want to know how much shipping and handling was …

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at

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