Good news if you’re a Stephen Curry fan willing to drop a few thousand dollars on the basketball star’s dental gear: You’ll now be able to buy one of his famous mouthguards.
A mouthguard used by Golden State Warriors point guard will be put up for auction by California-based SCP Auctions. Curry notably dangles his mouthguard from between his teeth during play stoppages and trips to the free-throw line.
As the Warriors prepare to face the Cleveland Cavaliers for the final game of the NBA playoffs Sunday, the league MVP’s mouthguard has become one of the most memorable accessories in the NBA, if not the entire world of sports. The auction house expects it to sell for at least $5,000.
“Steph Curry has given more life to mouthguards than any player in history,” Dan Imler, vice president of the auction house, told ESPN. “The way he flips it in and out of his mouth has become part of watching him during a game.”
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Curry told Jimmy Kimmel in March that he started wearing the mouthguard in his junior year of college, after he was elbowed in the lip and split open his lip. He said he switches it out every three to four games, laughingly admitting the process is “unsanitary.”
“I just chew on it like crazy,” Curry told the comedian. “It kind of calms me down, especially when I’m at the free throw line.”
SCP Auctions said it obtained the mouthguard from a fan who picked it up off the floor near the Warriors bench after a game this season. It will open up bidding for the mouthguard on August 3.
The mouthguard is denoted with the Warriors logo, as well as Curry’s name and number. It was given to SCP Auctions with a case labeled “CURRY.”
If it sells for the expected minimum of $5,000, Curry’s mouthguard would not be the only unusual sports memorabilia that’s been auctioned off for a high price. SCP Auctions sold Muhammad Ali’s mouthpiece from his final bout (against Trevor Berbick in 1981) for $6,700 in 2013. In 1989, MLB outfielder Ty Cobb’s dentures sold for $7,475, while a piece of gum chewed by another outfielder Luis Gonzalez sold for $10,000 in an online auction in 2002.
For fans who were watching Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the mouthguard being auctioned off is not the one that caused Curry’s ejection from the game Thursday evening. Curry was removed from the contest when he threw his mouthguard into the stands and unintentionally hit a fan, who happened to be Andrew Forbes, the son of a minority owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Forbes said he was not offended, especially after Curry politely apologized immediately afterward. The star player will likely face a fine for his actions, but is not expected to be suspended from Game 7 of the finals. The Warriors fell short to the Cavaliers, 115-101, in Game 6.