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Fans Are Selling Confetti From The Cubs Parade And Rally On eBay

By Linze Rice | November 9, 2016 5:15am
 A box of confetti from the Cubs rally in Grant Park.
A box of confetti from the Cubs rally in Grant Park.
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CHICAGO — For those lucky enough to make it to Chicago for the Cubs' World Series parade and rally, the experience and lasting memories will likely remain as priceless, lifelong treasures. 

And for those who couldn't make it, there's eBay. 

Though you can't sell a memory, for about $10 you can buy small bunches of red, white and blue paper confetti that blanketed the stage at Lower Hutchinson Field and streets from Wrigelyville to Grant Park during Friday's celebration.

While most of the confetti — which burst out of cannons at the finale of a massive rally Downtown and reigned on crowds during the parade — is being sold in small packages for around $10-$50, at least one ambitious seller is hoping to start bidding for two pieces at $100 ($200 for the convenience of buying it now). 

"Will provide pictures for proof that it was obtained through the Chicago air, during the parade, sent out from the players' buses," the ad reads. "Actual confetti from the historic Cubs Chicago World Series parade ... Go Cubs go."

Confetti sprinkling the crowd at Grant Park. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

On one hand, selling scraps of trampled paper online represents a slightly pitiful, mostly hilarious side of fans attempting to hustle by squeezing the Cubs win for all it's worth.

On the other, I found an empty shoebox and scooped up as much confetti as I possibly could before toting it back to the newsroom like it was the President's newborn baby.

A Cubs fan myself, I reveled in the opportunity to photograph the day's events from the media pit in front of the stage at Grant Park, carrying with me the thought of my sweet grandpa — a diehard fan for the last 53 years. 

Hopefully that helps explain why, after most of the team left the stage, I handed someone my iPhone and asked them to take a picture as I hurled a clump into the air.

I scooped up a hearty handful, stuffed it into my backpack and started the arduous trek back toward Michigan Avenue when I spotted an empty Under Armour shoe box lying atop perfectly crisp layers of the clearly historic Cubs confetti.

I thought hard for about half a second before squatting down and shoveling the paper in by the handful. 

I didn't know what I would do with it, but knew I wanted to make sure there was enough for my grandpa and I to share. Alternatively, I could commission a life-size paper maché statue of Kris Bryant.

Most likely I'll keep it in the box forever, along with the many other cherished memories and strange odors of the day, and buyers on eBay just want to feel like they were a part of history, too. 

If the Cubs have taught us anything this year, it's that anything is possible — even making a buck off used confetti.

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