Chewed Vick Cards Raise $6,400 and Rising in eBay Auction

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Artist and dog lover Rochelle Steffen hoped to raise $100 when she put chewed-up Michael Vick trading cards on eBay.

Instead, the Cape Girardeau woman's auction has gained international attention. Through Monday morning, the bid stood at $6,400. Bidding closes Wednesday morning.

"I am absolutely in love with this worldwide response," Steffen told the Southeast Missourian.

The 22 cards were chewed on by Steffen's two dogs.

At first, the ad said proceeds will be donated to the humane society of the bidder's choice. But after eBay yanked the sale because it broke the site's rule on charity auction, Steffen reposted it saying she'd do "very good" things with the money.

Steffen says she has heard from numerous people who say her auction inspired them to donate money to animal shelters.

Vick pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. He will be sentenced Dec. 10.