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Selling The Melbourne Cricket Ground…

Posted: April 4, 2010 | Comments: 11

“Thanks to my annoying mum, you have the opportunity to Own A Piece Of The MCG”

Here’s The Full Story…

Brooklyn Bridge CertificatesThe darnedest thing happened…A few years back when I was 21, I was reading the book,’The One Minute Millionaire’, and in it, it tells the story of a guy from New Jersey, who in the 1980’s sold old pieces of the famous Brooklyn Bridges walkway timber. He went about creating 5” x 11” certificates outlining the history of the bridge, attaching a small piece of the timber and selling them for upto $5000 each (yep, $5000 for a 1″ piece of timber) … and word around the campfire is that he made like $2 million from it…

Obviously as a young Trump-wanna-be I loved this idea, and started to think how I could rip this idea off and implement it here in Australia – it was a much better idea then pinching golf balls off the local pitch-n-putt to resell.

After racking my brain for about 10mins, I realised the Melbourne Cricket Ground was under reconstruction and the Ponsford Stand had just been ripped down… On the back of a few phone calls and newly-found entrepreneurial-confidence I was able to track down the wrecking company which was demolishing the Ponsford stand (at this stage the Members Pavilion had not been touched), who informed me they had a significant amount of timber from the seating and flooring as hoped…

However to my amazement they also had a considerable amount of the world famous MCC Crested Carpet – which originally lay in the members dining room. You know the world famous carpet, the one that has been walked on by the greats – Don Bradman and EJ Whitten etc etc… The same carpet that graced the MCC Members Long Room – the most loved watering hole in all of sport.

So after rushing down the western highway the following morning to view the magnificent carpet just lying in the corner of the wreckers’ warehouse I took all the remaining crested carpet, along with a mass of timber.

I know you’ve got better thing to do then read this tale… So to cut a long stroy short…

Since that venture a few years back, the remaining carpet has been living (safely and securely) in my mums garage which I am constantly reminded about every time I visit…. so as a ‘gift to mum’ I have decided to sell the remaining few pieces of the MCG’s famous crested carpet and clear out her garage…

As mentioned on the home page video, I’ve tried for about three years, on various occasions, to team up some of Australia’s leading sports memorabilia stores/dealers, but they either wanted to screw me down and buy the carpet at the same price they buy the printed posters they sell; or screw you guys and sell the frames for over $1200 !!

I wouldn’t have a bar of that, so I’ve decided, a with a little help from my friends (quick – name that TV show) to put together a final series of MCC Crested Carpet Frames and give everyone one last chance to own a piece of the G.

So whether you (or a family member) are a cricket or football fan, you would be aware of the importance and symbolism the MCG represents to all Australians and understand an opportunity to own a piece of the ‘Peoples Ground’ doesn’t come around every day – plus there isn’t that many pieces left at mums!!

Now you have the opportunity to own a piece of this authentic Australian sporting history, make your family and friends jealous and help me win some browny points with mum…

The really cool thing is that the MCC Crested Carpet isn’t another one of those pieces of sporting memorabilia that’s been manufactured simply to be collectable. This is a unique piece of the orginal & authentic carpet that graced the MCC Members Dining Room in the Ponsford Stand before its demolition in 2003.
Seriously, these last few pieces of history are not going to last long once they are re-released to the general public, so if you are either a collector, sports fan or just looking for that perfect gift you really MUST join the pre-registration lists so you can own yor own piece of the MCG.

Comments

  1. I remember that, the mcg looked like a bomb site. Good to see someone trying to preserve some of the history

  2. Nice one man…

    This is pretty cool.

    Can you tell us how much the frames cost ?

  3. I would be guessing you mum is going to be really happy on April 18 once all the carpet has gone.

    This is something my husband would absolutely love, so thank you for putting it all together.

  4. Sweet !!

    I’ve been one of those suckers who bought the high priced posters from Channel 9 … but I do love seeing Shane Keith on my wall.

    Thanks

    Jeremy.

  5. Sounds fishy as all get out!
    I don’t think I would take one if you paid me too.
    Do you have letters of authenticity?

  6. Very clever.

    This really is a piece of Melbourne’s history.

  7. Hey Gang…

    Thanks for all the comments so far.

    Tom – I am working out the final numbers early next week with the framers and couriers, so will shoot everyone on the early notification list an email with the prices and stuff, as soon as I know exactly.

    Jeremy – I think we all have. I’m an absolute sucker for sports memorabilia.

    Pete

  8. Phillip – What do you mean fishy ? The carpet is not something I can really fake.

    Regarding Certificates of Authenticity; every frame will absolutely come with a COA.

  9. If Anyone bought one,, take it out of the frame. have a look on the back. Does it say…”Made In China”? Check the thread of the backing, the stitching, compare the Emblem & Patter & Colours with Old Photo’s of it. You be the judge!!

  10. Mark,

    Not sure if you are being serious or not…

    After 7 years of selling the carpet, numerous stories in media and being featured in two books – If it wasn’t real would you really think I could still sell this.

    PLUS, given the MCG and I have be talking about this project all week, would they let me trash their name if it was fake.

    You might want to check this out; It’s an article from The Age which shows the carpet. Which is clearly the same as the pieces people have the oppotunity to have hanging in their home.

    http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/10/25/1066974370570.html?from=storyrhs

  11. [...] I like Pete’s style (he did sell the MCG for $500 after all) [...]

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