The helmet that Mike Piazza used in the first game after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be on the auction block and sold during an auction during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.
The New York Mets catcher and Hall of Famer’s helmet will be sold via Goldin Auctions with 50 percent of the buyer’s premium headed to a New York-based charity, Tuesday’s Children, which supports first-responders and their families.
“We are very lucky to have the opportunity to share such an important piece of baseball history and at the same time support the worthwhile work of this wonderful organization that supports those affected by the events of Sept. 11,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions. “Similar to Piazza’s jersey from that night, this helmet will forever connect fans to one of the most memorable moments in Mets history. Those who were lucky enough to be there, or view it on television will never forget it.”
Piazza’s jersey from the game previously sold for $365,000 back in April. The helmet has been photo-matched and authenticated by MeiGray and later was signed by Piazza under the supervision of Steiner Sports. The helmet’s NYPD designation marked a rare time — the first time, actually — that MLB allowed its teams to wear caps that were not official team uniforms.
Before the auction on Aug. 4, the helmet will be on display in July at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.
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