Please see the update at the bottom of the post — ed.
There's not a uniform collection in college football more publicized and scrutinized than the one belonging to the Oregon Ducks. Thanks to co-founder and chairman of Nike Phil Knight, an Oregon alum, the Ducks are supplied with an endless string of ostentatious uniforms that range from the beautiful to the bizarre.
The latest in the collection that ran that gamut were the wild new uniforms the Ducks wore in Monday's Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin, which featured a HydraChrome helmet that reflected anything it its path.
It was one of the more original uniform adornments in recent history and now it can be yours on eBay for the low, low price of $1,250. Well, that's actually only the current bid. The reserve, which is unknown, has yet to be met and could be a couple thousand dollars.
Not sure how the helmet was obtained as the seller acknowledged that it is one of the first helmets to "get loose from the team." It was not used during the Rose Bowl, but during a practice on Dec. 19. However, the seller assures that the helmet is authentic.
Now we don't know who the seller is, but let's hope, for the sake of Oregon's compliance, that this isn't a situation where a player or even a staff member is selling one of these helmets for profit. Seems like a booster or even a person with Nike would be able to get their hands on one of these bad boys, so we'll see if that's the case.
If one of our loyal Doc readers happens to drop a small fortune on this item, be sure to send us a photo of you and your prize — preferably on your head.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m. ET. In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the listing for the helmet was pulled. I know, sad panda. Shortly after we posted that there was an "authentic" Oregon helmet for sale on eBay, Craig Pintens, Oregon's senior associate AD for Marketing/Public Relations, contacted us and said all of Oregon's fancy HydraChrome helmets, including promotional helmets, were accounted for by the Ducks equipment staff. So, we may never know whether the helmet was, in fact, authentic, or whether it was a scam. Pintens did say replica helmets would be on sale soon.