A Barry Sanders Signed Silverdome Urinal Up for Sale


Have you ever dreamed about owning a urinal? How about a urinal from the old Pontiac Silverdome signed by Hall of Fame Lions running back Barry Sanders?

The dream can now come true – but be prepared to pay a heavy price.

ESPN writes today that Lions super fan Mike Kozan has the urinal up for auction on EBay, and right now it’s up to $2000!

The 28-year-old fan got the urinal signed after buying it at an auction for Silverdome, in the end he purchased two urinals, two sinks, three showers, two stall partitions, and a toilet all for the whopping price of $23.

“I got the memory, which is the important thing to me,” Kozan said. “I got to meet Barry and do something super-awkward. I got his autograph, and to put it on eBay is making the story even better.”

Here’s more of the story of how Kozan got the urinal signed.

Then he reached the front of the line. Sanders sat there. He was told what was wrapped up on the hand truck. He got up and walked around the table. Kozan said that at the time, he didn’t know Sanders had tweeted out that he would not sign any urinals when the auction was announced in March 2014.

“I was like, ‘Well, Barry, I’ve got your urinal here from the locker room at the Silverdome,'” Kozan said. “He said, ‘Are you for real?’ He looked kind of confused. I felt kind of dumb. I was like, ‘No, I’m for real’ and said, ‘Do you mind signing it?’

“He said, ‘I refuse.’ Barry’s so straight-faced, and I didn’t know if he was joking or not. My girlfriend was with me and said, ‘Can you please sign it?’ in a sweet voice. He kind of laughed and said, ‘Yeah, yeah, I’ll sign it.'”

Sanders’ agent, JB Bernstein, confirmed Sanders signed the urinal and said it happened because urinals were not on the list of things Sanders had said he wouldn’t sign.

“Barry felt bad turning him away after he had lugged the thing down there and waited in line,” Bernstein wrote in an email to ESPN. “It was really my fault because urinals are not listed in the items that Barry won’t sign. He is so good to his fans that he will pretty much sign anything, but going forward we now state that Barry reserves the right to refuse to sign any item, and that odd items should be cleared in advance through his memorabilia partner, Schwartz Sports.

“In the end, the message here is that Barry values his fans, and that their support is greatly appreciated by him.”

Sanders signed it for Kozan, creating a potential one-of-a-kind item. What started as a joke turned into a collectible. It left Kozan nervous leading up to it and not really believing he asked a player he idolized to sign a latrine as he headed back home, toilet in tow, perspiring more than normal.

“I just wanted to get out of there. My girlfriend was like, ‘Why are you sweating so bad?'” Kozan said. “I just asked my childhood hero to sign a urinal.”

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