Gary Bassing/Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation announced it raised $17,000 from the 25th Anniversary Garage Sale the Orlando Magic held at RDV Sportsplex on Saturday. The McCormick Foundation matched all proceeds raised at the event at 50 cents for every dollar, meaning the event raised more than $11,000 in merchandise sold.
It was an incredible event with lots of unique items from Magic past available for sale and some excess inventory from game giveaways. Not to mention the extra Dwight Howard gear lying around for bargain prices.
Magic employees at the event said that nearly 3/4 of the garage sale's inventory was sold within the first hour and a half. The big-ticket items included a LeRoy Nieman print drawn during the Magic's first few years. A framed print went for $500.
Other interesting Magic items included game-worn shoes, game-worn warmup pants (I am now the proud owner of a set of mid-2000s warmup pants likely belonging to Stacey Augmon or DeShawn Stevenson... it says No. 2, and I think No. 33 is crossed out), game-worn and autographed jerseys and banners from the 2009 championship run that hung from inside the Orlando Arena.
There were autographed basketballs, scissors from the Amway Center ribbon cutting, Magic coffee table books, the basketball card giveaways from the early 1990s and autographed photos from Magic luminaries -- such as Pat Garrity, J.J. Redick, Donnell Harvey, Andrew Declercq and Ryan Humphrey. Just about anything you could name was there at some point if you arrived early enough to get it.
Not to mention a grabbag of items such as a couple of refrigerators with old Magic magnet schedules affixed to them, books, encyclopedias, bicycles and stuffed animals. It was a garage sale, after all.
The only question left is when will they do it again? Hopefully we do not have to wait another 25 years!