Fresh off reports that a New York Knicks fan is auctioning off his lifetime of fandom for pennies on the dollar, yet another questionable sports purchase has risen from the bowels of eBay: Dale Earnhardt's actual 1990 Winston Cup champion hat. Assuming it's authentic (and the seller has a 100% rating over 118 transactions, so there's no reason to believe it wouldn't be), there's no question this is a pretty incredible piece of sports memorabilia, but just wait until you see the price tag:
Yep, you're counting the zeros correctly. That's $3 million real, non-refundable U.S. greenbacks for a 28-year-old snapback. Listen, we get it. 1990 was good year for Senior. He won nine times, including once at Daytona and twice at Talladega. He claimed his fourth Winston Cup over runner-up Mark Martin by a whopping 26 points. It's one of the greatest single seasons in NASCAR history. But $3 million dollars? That's Jeff Bezos money, and Jeff Bezos does not give a damn about stock car racing.
But hey, it's not our crippling debt. If this thing is whispering sweet nothings in your ear and you have the back account to back it up (and are somehow here, reading Loop articles about NASCAR on a Tuesday afternoon), by all means, live a little (and, I don't know, maybe kick a little something our way while you're at it). Also thank your lucky stars there's no Skoal stains. There's no telling how much this thing would go for with a little Dale drool on the bill.