More auctions pop up to help Nelkin family

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Sometimes there’s a story that seems to move people. It touches people in a way least expected.

This is happening right now with the Nelkin family. The couple reached out earlier this month to the media to get out their story in hopes of getting attention for a card they were going to sell on eBay.

See the current auction here.

The proceeds will go toward a procedure to help them have a baby.

It started a few interviews for the Nelkins.

Then, Barry Sanders – one of the signers of a card that is becoming famous – saw an article on about the couple. He tweeted the story his hundreds of thousands of followers with a declaration that he wanted to help.

However, Sanders isn’t the only one wanting to help the Nelkins (you can read the original Beckett story here).

Strangers have jumped in to help this family.

Now, several auctions are up to help them raise money, including this auction for a signed Steve Young jersey.

Then there is this auction where Sanders will personalize a helmet for the winner. Sanders will donate this helmet to the Nelkin family to raise money for the procedure.

In the meantime, the 1999 Donruss Elite Passing the Torch card signed with Sanders and Walter Payton is still up for auction. It ends Nov. 1 and is already nearing $10,000.

Panini America has also asked collectors to tweet the link to the auction to give it more attention.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. David
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I need a car. Would Barry Sanders and Panini like to help raise money for me?

  2. steve d donaldson
    Posted October 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    I thought previous article mentioned they had season tickets to an NBA team. If thats the case, why all this publicity???
    Think David’s story is just as touching.

  3. George McFly
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Well I commend them for what they are attempting. Maybe instead of having their own child perhaps adopt a child. There are thousands of children that need a home to grow up in and a family to raise them

  4. Barney
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    David you’re an idiot!!!! Comparing the need of a car to wanting to start a family and not being able to is asinine! Maybe you should get a bus pass or start walking instead!

  5. David
    Posted October 27, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    You should stick to children’s videos.

  6. Jamie Case
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    If the money was so badly needed why have a reserve ?

  7. cron job
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Go visit a foster care and read up on starving children, get these area’s a % of the hype and i’ll join in.
    Susan’s heart is in the right place, this just seems odd.

  8. steve d donaldson
    Posted October 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Exactly Jamie
    the money is not needed that badly. Am willing to bet there are alot of people every day who have to sell their collections due to job loss, medical bills or some other bad situation.

  9. card opinionator
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I agree Jamie, if you need money, anything helps. Why a reserve? They would rather keep the card than sell it for 9 grand? Fishy.

  10. Phil
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    There is something wrong with this. They have season tickets to the Rockets ($$$), have had two procedures already ($$$ – one where she needed emergency surgery $$$), yet they are still “financially stable”. Now they are using this story to hype up their prices. Not to mention they are on the older end of being able to have their own kids. ADOPT! They probably could have adopted 2-3 kids already with all the money they’ve spent.

  11. David
    Posted October 29, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    that card isnt worth 10k

  12. Jamie Case
    Posted November 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Card ended just over 11k with reserve not met . If the money is needed they had better take it as their investment in it couldn’t have been over $1000.

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