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Ticket stories are just Super

A youth group cashes in on the NFL title game by auctioning off a pair, and a desperate fan makes a skin-deep effort to secure one.

January 30, 2007|Greg Johnson | Times Staff Writer

Call it the good, the bad and the potentially ugly of the Super Bowl ticket scene.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis raised $8,600 on Monday by auctioning off two nosebleed seats to the game. A Redondo Beach fan unsuccessfully offered two tickets on EBay for $50,000. A desperate Chicago Bears fan promised to tattoo a corporate logo on his body in exchange for a Super Bowl ticket.

The $50,000 offer on EBay failed to draw a single bid -- not surprising given that the average Super Bowl ticket price at Stubhub.com Monday was just over $4,500 for tickets with a face value of $600 and $700. Ticketsnow.com had 2,406 Super Bowl tickets available Monday.

The $50,000 for the EBay tickets would have covered three or four seats near the 50-yard line in Miami's Dolphin Stadium, or more than a dozen cheaper seats.

As for the illustrated fan, Glenn Timmermann, 41, lacks cash for a Super Bowl XLI ticket. So the die-hard fan told a newspaper that he'd tattoo a corporate sponsor's name -- he's thinking Sharpie or Miller Lite -- onto his body in exchange for a ticket. The father of four already wears permanent autographs from 45 current and former Bears players. The human billboard promised to walk around shirtless in Miami should anyone accept.

Now for the good. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis auctioned off a pair of donated tickets on EBay for $8,600 -- or $7,400 above face value.

"When I left for work this morning, the price was at $6,600," said club spokeswoman Coco Black. "But when I got here after my 20-minute commute, it was up to $7,100. We were having fun all day watching the bidding."

Brad Shaffer, 31, owner of an Indianapolis-based landscaping company, won the tickets. The Indianapolis Colts fan earlier had purchased airplane tickets and made hotel reservations. But the tickets he had hoped to get in exchange for "doing some people some favors" failed to materialize.

"I paid probably $600 more than had I looked elsewhere online," Shaffer said. "But, hey, if it's scalpers versus the Boys & Girls Clubs, I'll go with the boys and girls."

greg.johnson@latimes.com

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