You Can Now Own a Piece of the Balloon Boy Saucer on a Trading Card
It is one of those days that we can all look back on and remember where we were and what we were doing. Fortunately, we can now laugh about the infamous flying saucer that starred in Colorado's 2009 balloon boy hoax because it was just that, a hoax. Now you can own a piece of the balloon that made that day in '09 famous.
Michael Fruitman, owner of Mike's Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, bought the balloon from an auction last year paying $2,502 and hanging it from the top of his memorabilia shop. Fruitman struck a deal with New York City-based sports and entertainment card company Topps a few months back to use a segment of the Mylar saucer for individual trading cards. The card is included in the recently released 2012 Topps Baseball Allen & Ginter Relics Set.
"If this was the Mona Lisa I would not send it to them to be cut up, but I understand what this is," Fruitman said. "I figured this was a way that any number of people are able to own a piece of Colorado history."
The Allen & Ginter Relics set costs around $3 a pack at mass retailers, but dozens of individual balloon boy cards have sprung up on Ebay, with sellers seeking anywhere from 99 cents to $49.99 for the Mylar-adorned cards. Those holding out to see the deflated balloon and not just a swatch of it are still in luck: Fruitman said that about 95 percent is intact, after sending only a small section to Topps. It's still on the ceiling of his Aurora business, a reminder of Colorado history, like it or not.