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Bid to win a piece of the 2012 Final Four floor

The good people at Northwestern Mutual have opened up the auction for 300 pieces of the 2012 NCAA Final Four floor from the Superdome in New Orleans. Each 12” x 18” piece is hand-signed by John Calipari and 100% of the proceeds will go toward the fight against pediatric cancer.

If you’d like to own a piece of UK history, head over to to place your bid.

The auction will close in one week.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for Bid to win a piece of the 2012 Final Four floor

  1. KYHoopsBuzz
    11:32 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Best I can do is 5 bucks.

  2. 500 !
    11:33 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    seems like the opening bid should be lower … then let the free market take over

  3. tltaworl
    11:37 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, $500?

  4. don't forget shipping
    11:40 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    $500 minimum bid… and then they tack on $20 for shipping? #cmonman

  5. UKNation
    11:46 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Would love to own a piece of history but too much for this poor man right now. Good luck to the charities though.

  6. SteveM
    11:57 am October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Great marketing idea by Calipari. Remember when Barnhart threw away the old Memorial Coliseum floor in the dumpster? That dumbass could have raised thousands of dollars for a good cause had he done this.

  7. Michael
    12:05 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    500 is way to much for the reserve bid. Free market might drive it that high but c’mon. I live in enemy territory and can verify that UNC sold floor pieces from their last champ for $250.00 flat.

  8. Jonathan
    12:09 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    5 hundo? Wow, pretty steep. Would be shocked if they sell all 300 pieces.

  9. Coach Durbin
    12:14 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    6) That story has grown legs over the last several years. Fact of the matter is, the floor at Memorial was secured in such a way that it couldn’t be pulled up without coming off in chunks and splinters. They couldn’t sell that floor because there wasn’t a way for them to remove it and break it up into small pieces.

  10. UK Fan
    12:16 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #9 C’mon, do you really believe that? That was the after-the-fact rationalization given after Barnhart caught so much grief for his knucleheaded decision not the sell it.

  11. catzilla
    12:22 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    10…AGREED! Who the hell would believe that B.S. It’s a total lie by Barnhart to cover his ass on a horrible business decision.

  12. Opti
    12:22 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Cool idea and I like that charity will benefit. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes.

    The Northwestern Mutual logo on the piece will decrease its value…IMHO.

  13. Coach Durbin
    12:34 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    10) Yah, I saw pieces of it in the dumpster, it was a wreck. People who dug pieces out were completely splintered. I can say I am extrememly dissatisfied with the way MB has handled football renovations, and if a plan isn’t put in place soon I will be calling for a change, but he can’t do right in some people’s eyes.

  14. Ad
    12:45 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    500 is cheap, im willing to go 2k, I have to have a piece.

  15. TheTruth
    1:28 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    #6 is right.That floor was incredibly unstable and would have delayed the process of replacing if tried to do a ‘restored’ pull-apart.

    Anyway, I wish they would do smaller pieces at better pricing. This could have been done better even IF doing it for charity.

  16. tom
    1:33 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    way too high to start. Open it up and let bidding go where it will go. Give the average fan a chance.

  17. BuD LiGhT
    1:51 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    Are we all bidding on the same (one) piece of floor? Mmmmm, $500 for an opening bid?
    There must be a few rich Republicans out there that can afford that, us Democrats don’t
    have that kind of spending money. If we re-elect Obama, before that term ends the rich
    republicans won’t have $500 for an opening bid either. Sure hope it sells.

  18. Roland
    8:02 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    People who camp out in the cold for free tickets to a practice can’t afford those kinda prices and they are the one’s who deserve a piece of the floor. Not mention the folks who lined the airport and the streets leading to Rupp. I am all for a good cause, but come on. This is one Cal didn’t GET IT. Only people with money get a piece of history. This is WRONG.

  19. Roland
    8:28 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    I failed to mention that I was referring to the folks who responded by going to the THE airport and lining the road to Rupp AFTER the championship. The people that brought tears to the coaches and the admin. Don’t have at least $500. Tough luck! WRONG. Elitist.

  20. WKY Dude
    9:01 pm October 8, 2012 Permalink

    We’re all complaining about $500 for an opening bid, myself included. However, there probably isn’t one piece that will sell for the $500 starting bid. All of them will go well above the minimum bid. There are plenty of people out there looking for a nice way to write off the $500 charitable donation.