Resident selling pieces of Trumbull High turf

An entrepreneurial spirit and a love of Trumbull athletics inspired Bob Von Stein to take what would have been discarded turf and turn it into a collector’s item.

Von Stein is selling pieces of the Trumbull High School artificial turf football field. The turf was installed in 2001 and removed this year during renovation.

When asked how he came to possess the old turf, Von Stein said he simply asked Athletic Director Michael Herbst for permission.

He is selling the turf in two different displays, one that can be hung on a wall and another that is a desktop display. Each will come with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Trumbull’s athletic director.

“Three of my sons attended THS and participated in baseball and wrestling,” Von Stein said. “I have also worked in the past as the announcer for baseball games and wrestling meets.”

He is past president of the Trumbull Takedown Club, a wrestling team booster club.

“Everyone just loves owning pieces of sports history,” Von Stein said in a press release. “That’s why people own autographed photos and balls, seats from old stadiums, even dirt taken from a famous field. But it is especially true if those pieces bring back fond memories of their own sports history.”

A desktop display costs $47 and a wall plaque is $67. Von Stein is donating $5 of every purchase to the Trumbull High School Athletic Department. The supply is limited, Von Stein said.

The field has seen a lot of big games. Between 2001 and 2012, the Trumbull field was the site of numerous FCIAC and state tournament games as well as the home of the 2005 FCIAC champions, the 2010 runners-up and more than 60 all-FCIAC players, Von Stein said on his website.

To learn more, visit or call Von Stein at 203-378-1200.