Standard In-Game Auctions:
Unless otherwise noted, this fundraiser begins at the Sharks Foundation Booth when doors open as a silent auction, and ends in a live auction. In order to bid on an item, fans sign their name and bid amount on an item's corresponding bid sheet. At seven (7) minutes into the SECOND INTERMISSION, the silent auction will go into the live auction with a Sharks Foundation staff member closing out each item individually - the staff member will give an audible "going once . . . going twice . . . SOLD!" to indicate the closing of each item. If two or more fans are trying to outbid each other at this time, the staff member will use audible live auction style bidding until a clear winner is established. Once an item is closed, the staff member will collect payment and the winner will take their item with them immediately. If a winner is not present, they will be contacted to arrange payment and pick-up of the item.
Special auctions occur when limited-edition or one-of-a-kind items are up for bid. Almost all of the special auctions utilize a blind bid format.
Fans must fill out a blind bid form for the corresponding desired item, stating the amount they are willing to pay without seeing any other bids for that item. Each item has its own bid form and box - only forms fully completed and placed in the correct box will be eligible. The auction will close at the end of the FIRST INTERMISSION. The individual who stated the highest bid for an item will be deemed the winner. Winners will be posted at the Sharks Foundation Booth at the beginning of the SECOND INTERMISSION. A Foundation staff member will collect payment for the item and the winner will take their item with them immediately.
Each set of bid forms is sequentially numbered. In the event of a tie, the individual with the lowest number on their bid form (thus the earlier bid) will be deemed the winner.
***Remote bids: In the case that a fan may not be in attendance at a game in which we have a special auction and they would like to place a blind bid, they have the opportunity to place a remote bid. Remote bids are accepted any time before the doors open on the day of the special auction. Email email@example.com for the remote bid form - this form must be completed and returned via email before doors open.
Payment and Unclaimed Items:
Winners may pay with exact cash, credit card or personal check in order to take the item home immediately. If an item is not claimed by the end of the Second Intermission, the winner will be contacted to arrange for payment and pick-up. If the winner cannot be reached and the item remains unclaimed for three (3) days after the auction, the next highest bidder will be contacted. This process will continue until the item is claimed.
Please note that all bids (remote and in-game) are binding. In the case of a single person winning multiple items, all bids submitted are binding and the bidder will be held to the total winning amount. You may not choose which items you would like to keep and which you would like to discard should you win multiple items. If you win multiple items, you are responsible for payment for each and every winning item. Please take this into consideration when placing multiple bids.