Every high school phenom has a scrapbook of yellowing newspaper clips in his attic, readily available for reminiscing about the glory days. It's unusual, though, for someone else to collect those mementos and sell them for $250,000 on eBay.
But then, LeBron James is kingly, and we know how people react around royalty. They try to auction off eight scrapbooks stuffed with keepsakes from his high school career: laminated newspaper clippings, e-mails to the Akron Beacon Journal begging for more King James coverage, scraggly joints from a local hotel room.
A quarter of a million buckaroos does sound like some serious cash, especially in this economy, especially for a set of scrapbooks. Even the auctioneer understands. Trust him. This is a collectible for the grandchildren. After all, they won't know what a newspaper looks like.
ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION. "IF ONE OF THESE EXISTED COVERING MICHAEL JORDAN, BILL RUSSEL, LARRY BIRD, OR KAREEM JABBAR, WHAT WOULD IT BE WORTH?"
Fair point, but it's also worth it for the soon-to-be owner to secure some insurance on the scrapbooks while he's at it. You never know when one of LeBron's handlers will try to confiscate them.