A ball used by the New England Patriots’ offense in their late comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI last year sold for $41,125 at the 10th annual Super Bowl Auction, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday.
It’s by far the largest price ever paid for a game-used football from a recent Super Bowl.
The ball used for the opening kickoff in the same game went for $8,812. Four other game-used Super Bowl footballs from the recent past sold in the auction but none topped $4,500.
The live sale conducted by Hunt Auctions, in association with NFL Auctions, was conducted at the Super Bowl Experience, a week-long festival held in conjunction with Sunday’s game.
Dozens of game-worn jerseys were also up for bid. The top sellers included a Brett Favre Packers home jersey worn in a late-season game 11 years ago. Photo-matched to a messy game on the Lambeau Field turf, it sold for $19,975. Another Favre jersey, worn in November of 2007, sold for $12,925. Eagles fans jumped on a jersey donned by quarterback Carson Wentz before his season-ending injury. Worn October 12 of this season, it sold for $17,625. A November 5 Saints jersey worn by quarterback Drew Brees went for $15,275 while a Peyton Manning gamer from the 2013 season sold for $10,575.
Among the vintage game-worn gear was a Carl Eller road jersey worn by the Hall of Famer during his long Vikings career. It sold for $12,925.
Other top-selling items included:
- Super Bowl 50 full-size helmet with autographs of all 43 living Hall of Famers $18,212
- Personal Super Bowl XXVII trophy given to Robert Jones of the Dallas Cowboys $11,162
- Joe Theismann Man of the Year Trophy $9,400
- Theismann Washington Redskins helmet $8,812
- Super Bowl 50 flip coin $9,400
Over 250 more items, most of the lower priced variety, will be sold Monday in an online-only event at HuntAuctions.com.