For fans interested in literally owning a piece of their favorite World Series Champion Boston Red Sox players, Gillette would like to point you towards this tasteful, limited-edition beard ball.
Yes, the beard ball - the product of shaving the hair from the faces of shaggy playoff-weary baseball players in support of charity, clever marketing, and that obsessed guy down who collects everything baseball. All proceeds from the wads of hair will benefit Movember, the global charity that urges men to grow mustaches for 30 days to support men's health issues.
“We’ve never done anything like this,” Gillette senior brand manager Hooman Shahidi said. “But their facial hair has been the symbol of the team since spring training and became part of baseball lore. We hope the shavings help raise awareness for important men’s health issues and find good homes with passionate fans.”
Participating beards include those from designated hitter David Ortiz (current high bid: $9,900) and outfielder Shane Victorino (current high bid: $2,075). Both men agreed to be shaved as a part of a $100,000 charity event thrown by Gillette earlier in the month for a Boston Marathon charity. Included with the clippings is the actual Fusion ProGlide razor used in the shave and a card of authenticity signed by the players.
Bidding ends at the end of the month.