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Can Jose Canseco Really Sell His Shot-Off Finger on eBay?

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By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on November 18, 2014 1:03 PM

During his days as a baseball player, Jose Canseco was known for his on-field prowess as well as his often-strange behavior.

Though Canseco retired from baseball in 2002, he has continued to be known for saying, and doing, some fairly peculiar things. Canseco's latest stunt may be his most far-out yet: After shooting off his finger in a gun-cleaning accident, then losing the reattached finger during a poker game, Canseco is now offering to sell the severed finger on eBay, reports San Francisco's KPIX-TV.

Wait, what?

Finger Reattached After Gun Accident

Canseco's middle finger was reportedly blown off last month during a gun-cleaning accident. Surgeons were able to reattach the severed finger, but according to a series of posts by Canseco on Twitter, the reattached finger fell off during a poker game last week.

Instead of a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctors who reattached the finger, however, Canseco says he wants to auction off the now re-severed finger to the highest bidder using the online auction site eBay.

Sure he could be joking. But still, his comments raise the question: Could he really do that?

eBay's Rules Prohibit Most Human Body Parts

Unfortunately for Canseco, his bold idea to auction off the ultimate piece of Jose Canseco memorabilia may be thwarted by eBay's rules regarding the sale of human body parts. According to eBay's Rules and Policies, the site does not "allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay."

The site does make exceptions for human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use (as long as those skulls or bones didn't belong to Native Americans). But the site specifically outlaws the sale of organs, bones, blood, and even "human waste products."

Canseco has also announced his intention to auction the Remington handgun he was cleaning when his finger was shot off. Alas, Canseco will likely strike out on this front as well; eBay's rules and policies also forbid the sale of firearms.

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