STEUBENVILLE - Bring your wallets and checkbooks and be ready to bid on a variety of sports memorabilia items from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Spot Bar.
After a one-year hiatus, the Steubenville Police Department's annual sports memorabilia auction will return to the Dean Martin Tribute for a silent and Chinese auction.
"We have been collecting these very special items for more than a year and hope to sell them to interested bidders and raise funds that will be used for our D.A.R.E. program," explained Jean-Philippe Rigaud, the police department D.A.R.E. officer.
D.A.R.E. AUCTION — Jean-Philippe Rigaud, the Steubenville Police Department D.A.R.E. officer, stands next to some of the sports memorabilia items available for a silent and Chinese auction Saturday during the Dean Martin Tribute activities at the Spot Bar. - Dave Gossett
"Over the years we have established a number of contacts with various sports organizations and are able to obtain some very good items. We also have a good relationship with area coaches who have assisted us in obtaining the various sports memorabilia," he said.
Rigaud said among the items for sale through the silent and Chinese auction will be a West Virginia University football helmet signed by the late Bill Stewart in a helmet display case; a Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger signed photo; a Pittsburgh Steelers Jerome Bettis signed jersey in a shadow box frame; a Pittsburgh Steelers Rocky Bleier signed mini-helmet in a helmet display case; and a Rocky Bleier signed Steelers license plate.
"We also have a Pittsburgh Steelers 'Mean' Joe Green signed jersey in a shadow box frame; a Pittsburgh Steelers L.C. Greenwood signed helmet in helmet display case; a Pittsburgh Steelers Heath Miller signed helmet in a helmet display case; and a Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward signed jersey in a shadow box frame," said Rigaud.
"Other items available during the auction include an Ohio State University Urban Meyer signed helmet in a helmet display case donated by Steubenville High School football Coach Reno Saccoccia; an autographed 'Rudy' DVD as well as an autographed copy of 'Rudy's insights for Winning in Life'; a football signed by Mike Ditka and a Bears ballcap signed by Ditka as well as the '85' Bears book signed by Ditka," he noted.
Rigaud said he also has obtained a New Orleans Saints mini-helmet signed by Archie Manning, a professional football photo of Peyton and Eli Manning and several items from former Steubenville resident and member of the New Orleans Saints, Danny Abramowicz.
"And, for the Fighting Irish fans we have a Notre Dame mini helmet and football signed by Lou Holtz. We also have a Penn State mini-helmet and football signed by the late Coach Joe Paterno; a basketball autographed by Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and a laminated and signed Tiger Woods card from Upper Deck. And we have several Note Dame items signed by Luke Harangody," continued Rigaud.
"For Pittsburgh Pirate fans we will be auctioning off baseballs signed by Ross Ohlendorf, Neil Walker, Lyle Overbay, Evan Meek, Ronnie Cedeno and Bill Mazeroski. And we have a photo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, who served as grand marshals of the 1954 Indy 500, along with an Xbox 360 with Kinect, two controllers and the Madden 2011 game. And we will also have a $100 Marathon gas card available for bidders," stated Rigaud.
"I am hoping to raise $7,000 from this auction for the D.A.R.E. program. Everyone has fun at this event and it is for a very good cause," said Rigaud.