It’s not game used…and it’s as ratty as it can be, but the jersey one Boston Red Sox fan tried to use as a curse for the new Yankee Stadium turned out to be a nice tax deduction. The winner was an automobile executive.
It might not set collectors’ hearts fluttering but that David Ortiz replica shirt entombed by a Red Sox fan who was part of the Yankee Stadium construction crew is definitely a conversation piece.
It’s also turned out to be quite a fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund. The eBay auction for the jersey ended Thursday afternoon with a final selling price of $175,100.
The proceeds will benefit adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During the one-week auction, more than one million people visited the eBay auction page, 50,000 of whom added the item to their "watched item list." Bidders were from nearly 20 states.
The jersey was chipped from beneath two feet of cement in the new Yankee Stadium. A construction worker, who is an ardent Red Sox fan, buried the shirt in wet cement during the construction of the new stadium hoping to curse the Yankees. The Yankees learned about the shirt, dug it up and gave it to the Jimmy Fund.
Imperialcars.com president Kevin Meehan, of Mendon, Mass., made the highest bid. Meehan, a memorabilia collector, said the Red Sox jersey was a perfect union of charity, fandom and business. He submitted the winning bid less than 28 minutes before the auction closed at 12:30 p.m.
On Thursday, April 17, Jimmy Fund Chairman Mike Andrews and two Dana-Farber patients unveiled the famed jersey in Dana-Farber’s Red Sox Gallery. The next day, the jersey was moved to The Sports Museum, where it will remain on display for a month.
"The Jimmy Fund, and all it does to support cancer patients and research, is a wonderful cause and one that is important to all of us at imperialcars.com," said Meehan.
In addition to winning the jersey, Meehan will attend a 2008 Red Sox home game with a guest and be presented with the jersey at that time, date to be determined. He also will receive a new, authentic David Ortiz Boston Red road jersey and a New York Yankees Universe t-shirt.
"We are absolutely thrilled with the winning bid as it will help the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber make a very real difference for cancer patients today and tomorrow," said Mike Andrews, chairman of the Jimmy Fund and former Red Sox second baseman. "We are grateful for the generous bid, and extend our deep gratitude to the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox for coming together again in the fight against cancer."
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