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Capitals Better Halves auction has some unique items

Fans can bid on player-specific gift baskets with proceeds going to charity

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Have you always wanted a book of USA Today crossword puzzles autographed by Karl Alzner?

Perhaps you'd prefer a bottle of maple syrup autographed by Justin Williams?

Or autographed liquor bottles from the entire Washington Capitals team?

Well, now is your chance.

These unique items and more are available through the fourth-annual Caps Better Halves auction, which started Thursday. Fans can bid on gift baskets from each player in an online auction.

Tweet from @MSEFndn: Our annual @Capitals Better Halves Gift Basket Auction goes live at noon today! More info here: https://t.co/oHN6DhOIvI pic.twitter.com/2nWZdPDr3M

Daniel Winnik's, which includes a signed bottles of alcohol from the Capitals' American, Russian, Swedish, Canadian, German and Danish players was the most costly basket.

Winnik's basket also has a tray that makes bulldog-shaped ice cubes, a favortie of Winnik's wife, Taylor.

Tweet from @TaylorWinnik: Definitely my favorite item in our auction basket... because who doesn't need a bulldog shaped ice cube mold? ���������� pic.twitter.com/DnoxibWFpu

If you can't afford to bid on Winnik's, you can try for Nicklas Backstrom's basket, which has 13 autographed items, including an autographed Backstrom garden gnome and various Swedish candy. Nate Schmidt's basket has autographed copies of Cool Runnings and The Sandlot and signed Super Mario Bros. socks. There's even a coaches basket which has signed pucks, hats and an assortment of food items.

Auctions will run until the second period of Washington's game against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, and proceeds will go to the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation.

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