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May 27, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Sheryl Swoopes a top seller even without a WNBA team

Swoopes2.jpgThree-time MVP Sheryl Swoopes continues to pop up even though it’s not on a WNBA team. Her agent is still searching, but in this article, a wise fan stumbled across a storage unit full of Swoopes memorabilia — including wedding toast glasses. Swoopes divorced in 1999 and later filed for bankruptcy.
Apparently the items were left by Swoopes and since the unit wasn’t paid for, the owner was able to sell the items. The amount isn’t disclosed, yet Martin Jordan, 66, is quoted as saying “It was a steal for a poor man on Social Security.”
What’s really interesting about the revelation is that Swoopes once said in an interview last year that she doesn’t keep many letters and mementos. In a statement, her agent hopes any money made is used for charities. There is a thought from some Houston fans, who followed Swoopes with the defunct Comets, to purchase any items found on eBay and return them to her family.
Swoopes isn’t just selling at auctions. She’s also still making money for the WNBA. Her former Seattle Storm jersey ranks sixth among the league’s top-10 sellers. PG Sue Bird ranks fourth while reigning MVP/Rookie of the Year Candace Parker, who’ll miss part of the season due to giving birth to her first child this month, lead the category.
In a nice surprise, Detroit All-Star Deanna Nolan rounds out the list at No. 10. A reluctant star, it’s nice to see fans are recognizing game. It doesn’t hurt that the Shock have won three of the league’s past six championships, either.

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