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August 12, 2006 at 7:58 AM

Not for Sale

Often when players see repeat faces seeking their autograph, the unwanted thought of eBay and their signed gear being sold online creeps into their minds. The Storm even worked with the federal government in the past in an attempt to catch people forging guard Sue Bird and forward Lauren Jackson’s signature to sell to the highest bidder.
Michael Flores doesn’t fall into that category. Sure he spent $3,100 to win Bird’s jersey during the team’s Jersey Off Our Back promotion after spending $700 to win Janell Burse’s and a combined $800 on two other players. But Flores gave a simple reason for cashing out so much dough.
“It’s the only way I can talk to them, hear what they have to say,” he said. “That’s why I do it. I have everything I’ve ever had signed. Someday I’m going to get the jerseys framed, but framing is so expensive.”
The Storm wanted the promotion, but could have saved some time by just letting Flores write a check early on because he was determined to win the jerseys. And his cash helped the women be more profitable than the Sonics with the game-night auction to win the uniform tops. The Storm made $10,025 total and plans to run other auctions during each home playoff game.
But as of now, Flores will have to wait until next season to bid on another jersey.

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