Strands of GW's hair put up for auction on eBay

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Finding a strange hair in a plate of spaghetti: bad. Finding a strand of George Washington’s hair in a pack of baseball cards: good.

Among cards picturing third basemen and center fielders, the Topps Company, the maker of baseball trading cards and Bazooka bubble gum, inserted three George Washington “relic” cards, each with a strand of hair from the first president. Topps obtained the strands from the world’s pre-eminent historical hair collector (yes, there is such a thing), John Reznikoff.

One of the three Washington cards turned up on eBay. The auction was to end tonight at 10:27, but the item was pulled last night with the bidding at $8,300, apparently over a violation of listing policies.

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