January 5, 2005
Colorado Company Buys Elvis Cup
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Nutballz, a cookie company founded by a snowboarder, says it has won an eBay auction to borrow a plastic foam cup its owner says was used by Elvis Presley during a 1977 concert.
The cup has already brought a measure of fame to Wade Jones of Belmont, N.C., who says he got the souvenir from a police officer after a show by Presley in Charlotte. The cup came with water.
"When I got home, I didn't know exactly what to do with it, so I put some Saran Wrap over the cup, put a rubber band around it, and placed it in the door of our deep freezer," Jones writes in his eBay posting.
Jones auctioned off the remaining three tablespoons of water, now stored in a glass vial, for $455, and came up with the idea of auctioning off a one-time appearance by the cup.
Nutballz, the maker of cookies free of wheat or refined sugar, plans to use the cup as a drawing card for its Jan. 25 fund-raiser to benefit the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research, which studies gluten intolerance.
"After 27 years, the 'Elvis Cup' will finally go on TOUR once again!" Jones says on eBay.
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