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eBay Drops Cindy Sheehan Baseball Auction

It is with deep sadness we report that eBay has shut down the bidding for the Magically Cindy Sheehan Appears on Baseball auction.

The inimitable Lucianne Goldberg has informed me that eBay is now sending the following email to would-be bidders:


Dear [redacted],

We regret to inform you that your eBay auction:

5608264953 Magically Cindy Sheehan Appears on Baseball has been removed from the site by eBay Customer Support. All fees associated with this auction have been credited to your account.

The item you have listed does not appear to be consistent with eBay guidelines.

Due to a recent federal investigation into forgeries of autographs and certificates of authenticity, eBay will not permit any use of certificates of authenticity on its site issued by several authenticators. eBay requires that sellers identify who performed the COA, and that the company is not currently on our prohibited list. You may review the list of authenticators and this policy at:


Your auction did not mention who the authenticator was or your certificates of authenticity has been issued by "SCAA", "J. Dimaggio Co.", "Universal Inc.," "Universal Memorabilia," "Sports Management Group," "Stan’s Sports," "Pro Sports or Pro Sports Memorabilia," "Dave Niedema a.k.a. Dave Madiema," "Steve Ryan," "North Shore Sports, "Donald Frangipani," "Robert Prouty," "Forensic Document Services,"

"Hollywood Dreams", "Foremost Grading Authority" "Collectors of Distinction", "Stardust Collectibles", "Royce Galleries", "General Pictures", "Truly Unique", "Prize Possession" or "Foremost Grading Authority".

For information on infringing, prohibited or questionable items, please

view: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/items-ov.html

For more information on why eBay has ended an auction, please visit:


Future auctions listed that fail to meet our listing guidelines will be ended early and repeated violations may jeopardize your account status. We value you as a member of our community and wish to continue our relationship, so we respectfully ask you to refrain from any violations of the Listing Policies or User Agreement in the future.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Customer Support (Trust and Safety Department) eBay Inc

We were wondering how it is that this auction was cancelled, and yet other auctions such as the "Virgin Mary On Toast" were allowed to proceed.  

The battle for the miracle melt has already caused a furore: when it was first offered last week, bidding was halted at $US22,000 when eBay declared the offer a prank.

The Duysers fought back and offered to prove that they really did have a likeness of the Virgin Mary made out of old melted cheese. Satisfied with the evidence, the website allowed the auction to continue.


The toast eventually sold for $28,000.

I would be curious to see what proof eBay accepted that the toast was indeed an authentic likeness of the Virgin Mary. Did the Duyers provide authentication from the "Foremost Grading Authority"?

Or is eBay simply more comfortable allowing the Virgin Mary to be mocked rather than Mother Sheehan?

This is very telling in a number of ways:

BuyBlue.org’s Rating:

Rating : Light Blue – 57 %

BuyBlue.org’s Position:

eBay currently has a 57% BuyBlue rating due to political contributions for the 2003-2004 election cycle. eBay presents an interesting situation for us to analyze. eBay’s chairman and his spouse contributed almost exclusively and heavily Democratic in the past election cycle. eBay’s CEO Margaret Whitman contributed heavily and nearly exclusively Republican. eBay also has a political action committee which contributed $121,254 (36.00% D, 64.00% R) during the last election cycle.

Therefore, eBay barely makes the cut and weighs in as a light blue company. Perhaps it is time for the progressive community to loudly call for Whitman’s resignation and to demand that ebay get a handle on their PAC spending.

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Maybe Whitman is trying to hold on to her job.

Aren’t liberals great? So tolerant.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 22nd, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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