The “second inning” in a series of auctions raising money for cancer research is underway. Major League Baseball and its franchises are contributing items to the events, spread out over multiple weeks, including game-used jerseys and other MLB authenticated items.
The current group of items, set to close Tuesday night at Heritage Auctions, includes a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. game jersey–one he was wearing when he belted his 36th home run of this season season. Guerrero has added his autograph to the back.
MLB teams are donating items as part of Bid 2 End Cancer, a series of weekly sales conducted through Heritage Auctions and coordinated through Stand Up 2 Cancer which was established in 2008 and has raised over $746 million to date.
A game-used jersey from Yoan Moncada of the White Sox from a July 17 win over the Astros is also on the block, along with a game-used base from Game 1 of the 2020 World Series, a Mariano Rivera autographed home plate with the 2013 All-Star logo that commemorates his selection as the only relief pitcher ever to win the All-Star MVP award.
Autographed jerseys from Mike Trout and Tim Anderson and a signed Derek Jeter bat are among the other items in the auction.
Auction proceeds go toward accelerating the pace of research to get new therapies to patients more quickly.
New items will be listed every Tuesday through October 25.
Later this fall there will be an auction to throw out the first pitch at this year’s World Series.