How to own a piece of Shea

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">New York&#39;s new municipal Shea Stadium is packed for the first game in the arena on April 17, 1964 in New York. The New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates line the basepaths in opening day ceremony. &#40;AP Photo&#41;</span></div>
October 9, 2008 5:05:14 PM PDT
Tend to meet yourself coming and going? The New York Mets have just the thing for your home. Directional signs - for a ramp and an escalator - are among memorabilia from now-defunct Shea Stadium being offered at an online auction. The signs directed fans to various seating levels. Bidding, as of Thursday night, was around $620 apiece.

If things really get out of control, you might consider a turnstile ($760.)

Does your family demand fast food? Try a menu board - "Grand Central Grill" ($360) or "Midtown Express" ($320.) Add a ketchup and mustard holder ($262) and a Bud Light neon sign ($315) and you're in business.

Speaking of business - how's this for a sign of the times? "Outfield Wall Panel with AIG Advertisement." Current bid as of Thursday night, $1,420.

Bidders offered $1,375 apiece for two other outfield wall panels - one with an ad for Casio, the other with an ad for State Farm Insurance.

Feeling patriotic? How about a U.S. flag that once flew above Shea Stadium? It will cost you at least $550.

You prefer photographic memorabilia? There's plenty of that.

There's the mounted photo of former pitcher Jerry Koosman and former catcher Jerry Grote from the 1969 World Series, with a high bid of $1,750.

There's also the mounted photo of outfielder Carlos Beltran going, as of Thursday evening, for $305.

Yet another mounted photo, of third baseman David Wright, had drawn the most bidders - 18 - as of Thursday evening, according to the auction's Web site.

Maybe you just happen to be in need of a "Family Bathroom Door Sign - 1st Base Side." It's worth $205 to someone.

Other items include a glass door bearing a Mets logo sticker, going for at least $500.

The item with the highest bid as of Thursday evening? A Shea Stadium letter "S" going for $2,500.

The auction ends on Halloween.

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On the Net:

Shea Stadium Auction: http://mets.auction.mlb.com/


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