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Springsteen’s Driver’s License, Surfboard to be Auctioned

May 7, 1990

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) _ A defunct museum claiming to have the world’s largest collection of Bruce Springsteen memorabilia is putting it up for sale, offering the singer’s surfboard, draft card and 1970 driver’s license.

The items are remnants of the Asbury Park Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum, which closed its doors last year. The museum wants to sell its inventory in a package it hopes will go for at least $50,000.

″We had a great time doing it, but we can’t seem to work it out where we can keep it open,″ said Billy Smith, an Asbury Park native who with Stephen Bumball owns most of the museum’s artifacts. ″Hopefully, somebody will buy this stuff and display it.″

Smith said he would prefer the collection remain in Asbury Park, a down-at- the heels resort town once famous for its carnival rides and boardwalk. It’s the setting for several of Springsteen’s early songs.

Among the items for sale: a rare 1966 unreleased single by Springsteen’s first band, the Castiles; the surfboard; driver’s license, and draft card.

Along with the Springsteen artifacts are photos of a young John Bongiovi, who became rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

The museum was in the Palace Amusement Arcade, where parts of Springsteen’s ″Tunnel of Love″ video were shot. When the arcade closed last year, so did the museum, and its contents went into storage.

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