Curt Schilling selling his bloody-sock baseball relic to pay for Amalur foray

No mean feet.

Curt Schilling - the Baseball great who swung at video games and missed, taking 38 Studios and Big Huge Games down with him, plus a lot of taxpayer's money - is selling off his own stuff to raise money to pay debts.

Not just any old stuff; Schilling is auctioning the famous blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series. Bidding begins 4th February and live bidding will happen on 23rd February, the Associated Press reported.

Bit grim really.

The sock had been on loan to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This sporting treasure is expected to fetch at least $100,000, and probably much more.

Poor old Curt Schilling invested somewhere in the region of $50 million in 38 Studios as well as personally guaranteed loans.

When 38 Studios and Big Huge Games' RPG Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning didn't meet its lofty break-even sales targets, everything collapsed.

Both studios closed and with them went in-development sequel Kingdoms of Amalur 2 as well as main event, MMO Project Copernicus.

Schilling maintained he was on the verge of more funding that would secure staff wages and keep the operation afloat. He blamed Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee, who had given the studio a $75 million loan in government funds, for openly discussing the studio's financial situation and scaring away help.

An Epic Games miracle saved many of let-go Big Huge Games staff, as the Gears of War maker rushed to found a new studio and house them there. That studio is Impossible Studios, and it's now hard at work making Infinity Blade: Dungeons.

This could have been the Project Copernicus announcement trailer.

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