Three years ago, the New York Mets privately sold a group of game-used jerseys from its first game following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The biggest jersey of them all has been re-sold — so it can be displayed in public.
Two minority owners of the team paid $365,000 for the jersey worn by Mike Piazza during that memorable game so it can be displayed at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Baseball Hall of Fame or the Mets museum at CitiField.
The jersey had been put up for sale via Goldin Auctions, which entertained offers to end an auction for the jersey early only on the condition it be displayed. The jersey’s story landed it on the back cover of the New York Daily News today.
The sale is believed to be a record for a modern-era jersey, topping the $300,000-plus sale of Kirk Gibson‘s 1988 World Series jersey back in 2010. The buyers were Anthony Scaramucci, Tony Lauto and a third person who was not identified.
Piazza hit a game-winning home run to top the Braves 3-2 in the game, which was held just 10 days after the attacks. It’s been photo-matched to images from the game and carries a specific small piece of embroidering on the right sleeve.
“Huge thanks to Anthony & Tony for coming through!” Piazza said via Twitter. “My family & I couldn’t be more pleased knowing the jersey will be where it belongs. Thank [you]!”
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