You may or may not remember the story of the minor-league baseball player who got traded for 10 bats last May (retail value: $665). It was one of those strange items that made the player in question -- John C. Odom -- the answer to a trivia question.
Odom seemed to enjoy the publicity from the unusual trade at first, but 3 weeks after the trade, he left the team that traded for him. Six months after that he was dead. A medical examiner said Odom died in Georgia at age 26 from an accidental overdose of heroin, methamphetamine, the stimulant benzylpiperazine and alcohol.
Here's the full story about the odd trade.