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Victor E. Ball Silent Auction now live
Easy way to support NIU and potentially pick up some new Huskie gear, a spa package, White Sox tix, or more. There are items for as little as $10 and proceeds go to support Huskie student-athletes and cost of attendance. It's simple, it's a small thing, but every bit helps.

2018 VICTOR E. BALL SILENT AUCTION NOW LIVE

More Than 200 Items Available for Bid

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DeKALB, Ill. – Featuring more than 200 items, from NIU apparel and gear to autographed items, professional sports memorabilia, tickets, experiences and more, the 2018 Victor E. Ball Silent Auction is now live online.

The Victor E. Ball Silent Auction is open to anyone, and will be live until 7:30 p.m. CST on April 14, 2018. Many of the items available in the silent auction will be on display at the Third Annual Victor E. Ball, which will be held this year at the NIU Naperville Conference Center in Naperville, Illinois, beginning at 5:30 p.m., where the exclusive LIVE AUCTION items, including a 2016 Chicago Cubs jersey signed by members of the World Series Championship team, will be up for bid.

Click here to register to attend! (NOTE; Deadline to register is April 8.)

This year’s auction features nearly 200 items and includes NIU memorabilia from several sports programs and Huskies in the Pros to Huskie gear, including a golf bag, polo shirts, T-shirts, sweats, jackets and more. Fans of professional teams, from local teams like the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and Fire, to the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and more. Fans are encouraged to share the link with friends and family as the auction features something for everyone in all price ranges.

Local comedy clubs, brewery tours and spa gift certificates as well as trips with the Huskie basketball teams are among the experiences up for bid. Beyond the sports items, the auction includes jewelry and collectables from the world of entertainment, including music and movies. There is something for everyone at every price level!
04-03-2018 03:32 PM
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(04-03-2018 03:32 PM)Huskie Info Wrote:  Easy way to support NIU and potentially pick up some new Huskie gear, a spa package, White Sox tix, or more. There are items for as little as $10 and proceeds go to support Huskie student-athletes and cost of attendance. It's simple, it's a small thing, but every bit helps.

2018 VICTOR E. BALL SILENT AUCTION NOW LIVE

More Than 200 Items Available for Bid

Auction Website
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DeKALB, Ill. – Featuring more than 200 items, from NIU apparel and gear to autographed items, professional sports memorabilia, tickets, experiences and more, the 2018 Victor E. Ball Silent Auction is now live online.

The Victor E. Ball Silent Auction is open to anyone, and will be live until 7:30 p.m. CST on April 14, 2018. Many of the items available in the silent auction will be on display at the Third Annual Victor E. Ball, which will be held this year at the NIU Naperville Conference Center in Naperville, Illinois, beginning at 5:30 p.m., where the exclusive LIVE AUCTION items, including a 2016 Chicago Cubs jersey signed by members of the World Series Championship team, will be up for bid.

Click here to register to attend! (NOTE; Deadline to register is April 8.)

This year’s auction features nearly 200 items and includes NIU memorabilia from several sports programs and Huskies in the Pros to Huskie gear, including a golf bag, polo shirts, T-shirts, sweats, jackets and more. Fans of professional teams, from local teams like the Chicago Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox and Fire, to the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and more. Fans are encouraged to share the link with friends and family as the auction features something for everyone in all price ranges.

Local comedy clubs, brewery tours and spa gift certificates as well as trips with the Huskie basketball teams are among the experiences up for bid. Beyond the sports items, the auction includes jewelry and collectables from the world of entertainment, including music and movies. There is something for everyone at every price level!

Nice lineup for the ball:

The event will include a panel discussion with Dan Hampton, Chicago Bears Pro Football Hall of Famer, Bill Buckner, 22-year MLB veteran and former Chicago Cub infielder and Bill Wennington, three-time NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls.
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Typically disappointing.
Here it is the afternoon of Thursday (April 12) and it says people have until 7:30 p.m. (CST) on April 14 to be bid.
Have a hard time believing this was originally posted on 4-3-18 at 3:32 p.m. and not one single post was made between then and 7:50 a.m. this morning?
Let's ignore the link to register to attend for which the deadline is now four days passed.
There's a reference to nearly 200 items and generic descriptions, click on the "auction website" link and you get connected to "Home::Give Smart" where you see three items: No. 101 Diem, Golladay, Lewis Autographed Helmet; No. 102 Kane County Cougars Suite; and No. 103 Original Artwork "No Mud, No Lotus".
Then click on View All Items and it says Loading Items, please wait.
FOR HOW LONG? Went to the bathroom, then stopped to grab something to drink from the kitchen, and came back to find nothing loaded. To the left was Show All Items, tried the drop-downs for Silent Items, Live Items, Items with no bids, and unsold items --- none of them produced anything other than the same screen. There's a search for item option but that doesn't lead to anything even if you had an idea of what to search for.

Note to Huskie Info: you say "It's simple, it's a small thing, but every bit helps."
Not if this isn't publicized better in advance and certainly not when what you post doesn't lead to anything.
Before anyone responds with a quit being negative reply, I was in a good mood, finally had a break in a busy schedule, thought to myself check this out and support NIU athletics in a manner beyond giving an annual donation, buying tickets, attending an event, paying for parking and concessions, etc. But the end result, as said at the start: "Typically disappointing."
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Well, it was posted when the silent auction went live as a public service to those on this board. If no one else wants to comment, it's going to slide down. Many items have been bid on to the tune of nearly $18,000 by more than 100 people so obviously everyone is not having the problems that you describe. It's also been tweeted and retweeted by Alumni Assoc daily, on Facebook daily, sent out via e-mail on front page of website and in news article in the Daily Chronicle. If this is the only place you get your Huskie news, well, then yeah, you're going to miss stuff. Feel confident it's been well publicized.
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(04-12-2018 03:42 PM)Huskie Info Wrote:  Well, it was posted when the silent auction went live as a public service to those on this board. If no one else wants to comment, it's going to slide down. Many items have been bid on to the tune of nearly $18,000 by more than 100 people so obviously everyone is not having the problems that you describe. It's also been tweeted and retweeted by Alumni Assoc daily, on Facebook daily, sent out via e-mail on front page of website and in news article in the Daily Chronicle. If this is the only place you get your Huskie news, well, then yeah, you're going to miss stuff. Feel confident it's been well publicized.

I agree. It's been all over Twitter etc and I haven't had any loading issues.
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(04-12-2018 03:59 PM)thxjoenovak Wrote:  
(04-12-2018 03:42 PM)Huskie Info Wrote:  Well, it was posted when the silent auction went live as a public service to those on this board. If no one else wants to comment, it's going to slide down. Many items have been bid on to the tune of nearly $18,000 by more than 100 people so obviously everyone is not having the problems that you describe. It's also been tweeted and retweeted by Alumni Assoc daily, on Facebook daily, sent out via e-mail on front page of website and in news article in the Daily Chronicle. If this is the only place you get your Huskie news, well, then yeah, you're going to miss stuff. Feel confident it's been well publicized.

I agree. It's been all over Twitter etc and I haven't had any loading issues.

I've seen it several times on social media. Seems like the bidding is going decently.
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The lack of access to some of the items being auctioned (e.g. jerseys, golf bag, helmets, etc.) always surprised me. If the authentic game worn jerseys are going to sell for $300+, why not auction them more often, or at the very least, have more than 2 in the current auction? Or if the bidding for an NIU golf bag is now well over $300, why not sell them at the university book store or auction more than one? I agree though the auction seems to be going pretty well.
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No loading issues and heard about auction multiple times.
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I have been looking at the auction items for weeks it seems. Some people need a life.
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Unfortunately, the timing may prevent some people from participating. With season ticket renewals and HAF commitments coming due, some folks may not have the extra financial resources to participate in the event and/or auction.
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(04-13-2018 07:54 AM)Dog Fan Wrote:  Unfortunately, the timing may prevent some people from participating. With season ticket renewals and HAF commitments coming due, some folks may not have the extra financial resources to participate in the event and/or auction.

think its designed to coincide with tax return season. or at least that was where my mind went.

agree that they need to put more football items on there. thats the money maker. people are hungry for that, not Orlando Magic signed basketballs.
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(04-13-2018 09:49 AM)thehappyhuskie Wrote:  
(04-13-2018 07:54 AM)Dog Fan Wrote:  Unfortunately, the timing may prevent some people from participating. With season ticket renewals and HAF commitments coming due, some folks may not have the extra financial resources to participate in the event and/or auction.

think its designed to coincide with tax return season. or at least that was where my mind went.

agree that they need to put more football items on there. thats the money maker. people are hungry for that, not Orlando Magic signed basketballs.

For those who need to pay the friendly IRS, yet another reason why the timing may not be the best.
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The promotion and timing are fine. What they could definitely use is more items signed by some of the great athletes and other talents to come out of NIU. Golladay, Lewis and Diem are all great and were easy "gets" during NIU Football's Stories from the Sidelines in February. But how about signed items from Lynch, Free, Turner, Wolfe, Bork, English, Kill, Novak, Melvin, Ward, Peat, Johnson or Kellar? How about crazy Lee Corso? Maybe an oar signed by PJ Fleck? I'd bid on items from basketball stars Battle, Lux, Silas, Nader. A signed baseball by Fritz Peterson would be cool. Are there any old posters, pins, photos, other memorabilia stuffed in closets in the athletic department that could be auctioned? Not into sports? How about something signed by Robert Zemeckis, a Homer Simpson item signed by Dan Castellaneta, a Sons of Anarchy poster signed by Kurt Sutter, a movie still signed by Joan Allen (and throw in Matt Damon for good measure), a Smashing Pumpkins CD signed by Jimmy Chamberlin, a Lagunitas tapper signed by Tony Magee, something from Tammy Duckworth (probably not while she's in office) or Dennis Hastert (OK, maybe not!). Remember Lacey Underalls in Caddyshack? Yep, NIU alum Cindy Morgan. Who wouldn't bid on a Caddyshack poster signed by Cindy?! How about auctioning off a skybox experience for 4 during one of the November football games, or free warm hot dogs for the entire football season, a catered tailgate party from Fatty's, the chance to be on the field for a football game coin flip, the chance to watch a football game from the sidelines... Lots of opportunities to celebrate NIU's heritage and raise funds.
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I'd definitely be more interested in experiential items than the signed stuff and I plan on bidding on a couple of items. You have put forth some very good ideas for next years, or if Huskie Info is reading this today maybe some of them could be added for tomorrows, auction. I have not had any issues with the auction items loading and have received plenty of info on it.
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Fish a couple goal posts out of the lagoon and put them in the auction.
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I was hoping to bid on one of Rod's old jock straps from his playing days at Indiana, but it is not to be found. I'm sure that would have brought in big bucks.
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(04-13-2018 02:43 PM)HW58 Wrote:  The promotion and timing are fine. What they could definitely use is more items signed by some of the great athletes and other talents to come out of NIU. Golladay, Lewis and Diem are all great and were easy "gets" during NIU Football's Stories from the Sidelines in February. But how about signed items from Lynch, Free, Turner, Wolfe, Bork, English, Kill, Novak, Melvin, Ward, Peat, Johnson or Kellar? How about crazy Lee Corso? Maybe an oar signed by PJ Fleck? I'd bid on items from basketball stars Battle, Lux, Silas, Nader. A signed baseball by Fritz Peterson would be cool. Are there any old posters, pins, photos, other memorabilia stuffed in closets in the athletic department that could be auctioned? Not into sports? How about something signed by Robert Zemeckis, a Homer Simpson item signed by Dan Castellaneta, a Sons of Anarchy poster signed by Kurt Sutter, a movie still signed by Joan Allen (and throw in Matt Damon for good measure), a Smashing Pumpkins CD signed by Jimmy Chamberlin, a Lagunitas tapper signed by Tony Magee, something from Tammy Duckworth (probably not while she's in office) or Dennis Hastert (OK, maybe not!). Remember Lacey Underalls in Caddyshack? Yep, NIU alum Cindy Morgan. Who wouldn't bid on a Caddyshack poster signed by Cindy?! How about auctioning off a skybox experience for 4 during one of the November football games, or free warm hot dogs for the entire football season, a catered tailgate party from Fatty's, the chance to be on the field for a football game coin flip, the chance to watch a football game from the sidelines... Lots of opportunities to celebrate NIU's heritage and raise funds.

damn...great post.
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A Ricardo Patton saddle from his riding days in Dekalb.
A Abdul Nader cigarette butt or Iowa State jersey.
A Marshawn Wilson textbook.
3 angry management sessions with Laytwan Porter
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https://veb18.auction-bid.org/microsite/

Just shy of $70K raised.
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