Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Friday, March 29, 2002
Collecting WheatiesPeter Gagarin was on the Wheaties box back in 1986. Wheaties had a contest. Each box had a ballot and you could vote for an athlete you'd like to see on the box. In the first Wheaties campaign, orienteers voted for Eric Weyman. But, Eric didn't make it. The next time, we all voted for Peter...and he made it!
Orienteers ate a lot of cereal to get the ballots. During the campaigns, I ate Wheaties for breakfast seven days a week. By the time Peter made the box, orienteers all over the country were sick and tired of Wheaties.
It has been 16 years since Peter was on the Wheaties box.
In 16 years, a box of cereal can become a collectors item. I searched for "orienteering" at ebay yesterday and found Peter Gagarin on the Wheaties box.
Here is the item's description:
"YOU READ RIGHT, WHEATIES `SEARCH FOR CHAMPIONS II` PETER GAGARIN. VERY VERY RARE!!!! 1986 WHEATIES BEGAN ITS SEARCH FOR CHAMPIONS, PETER GAGARIN WON FOR HIS ART OF ORIENTEERING ( RUNNING THROUGH THE WOODS WITH A TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP & COMPASS TO MANEUVER THROUGH A SERIES OF CHECKPOINTS.) THE BOX IS EMPTY, HAS SOME PROBLEMS, TEARS ON TOP RIGHT, BACK RIGHT, BOTTOM OF THE BOX HAS FEW TEARS, BUT THE FRONT IS PRETTY CLEAN-WHEATIES LOGO & PETER GAGARIN PICTURE ARE VERY CLEAR, NO FADING AT ALL, SIDES OF THE BOX ARE PERFECT. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER SEARCH FOR CHAMPIONS WHEATIES BOXES."
As I'm writing, the high bid is $36.01. The auction will end tomorrow. I wonder what the final winning bid will be? posted by Michael | 7:27 PM
I think I saw that very Wheaties box (or two more just like it) at the Colorado 5-day. They were in the Junior Team benefit silent auction, and I think the plan was to sell one of them on ebay...Post a Comment