ARLINGTON, Va. — The Veterans of Foreign Wars is holding an online auction to raise money for scholarships for the children and grandchildren of veterans, and the items up for grabs are a far cry from the usual gift baskets offered during fund-raisers.

The auction, which is open through Nov. 16 on Mission Fish, eBay’s nonprofit counterpart, is offering items including a 2004 World Series ball cap, a commemorative pin and ticket stubs from this year’s series-ending Game 4, with bidding at $100 as of Wednesday morning.

At $500, there is an NASCAR trunk lid and spoiler from U.S. Army/VFW’s Pontiac, autographed by driver Jerry Nadeau. An official NFL game football autographed by the Kansas City Chiefs’ star running back Priest Holmes, meanwhile, has bidding that starts at $250. But there were no bidders as of early Wednesday.

For people whose pockets may not be quite so deep, there is a 2003 New England Patriots Conference champs T-shirt, with bidding beginning at $20. Again, no bidders yet as of Wednesday.

But not all the items are sports-related: the auction has a Lord of the Rings DVD, autographed by Sean Astin, the actor who played Hobbit Samwise Gamgee, with bids at $100 on Wednesday.

The auction is also offering David McCullough’s biography of former President John Adams, autographed by the author, with the bid as of Wednesday at $100.

The three Veteran’s Tribute Scholarships are earmarked for children and grandchildren, ages 16 to 18, of all branches, including active duty, Reserves and National Guard, and are worth $3,000, $5,000 or $10,000. The winners will be chosen based on personal academic achievement, family VFW involvement and their parent’s or grandparent’s military service.

The deadline for applying for the scholarships is Dec. 31.

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