Mouthguards are gross. Not when they are new, sure, but once they are used and slathered in saliva and saturated in oral effluvia they are pretty much disgusting. So how does one sell a used mouthguard for thousands of dollars? It turns out it helps if the mouthguard once belonged to Steph Curry.
Curry is maybe the best player in the NBA right now, and he’s also one of the most popular. He’s also known for chewing on his mouthguard, making it an integral part of his overall aesthetic. A fan found Curry’s used mouthguard after a Warriors road game in December, and it was part of an online auction on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. The mouthguard, and its case, both had Curry’s name on it. It was also part of a larger auction with a lot of basketball items, so it is definitely a legitimate used mouthguard. Steph Curry had it in his mouth and everything!
How much did somebody pay for the distinct honor of having a used Curry mouthguard? The auction winner paid a whopping $3,190. Granted, in this particular auction block this was not a particularly pricey item. We’re talking about an auction that sold a 1909 Joe Jackson card for $667,189. However, that’s a super rare baseball card. As far as used mouthguard prices go, three grand is unusually high.
Somebody owns a particularly gross piece of basketball history now.