The autographed vest that jockey Victor Espinoza wore in all three 2015 Triple Crown races won by American Pharoah, a pair of Everlast boxing gloves, each signed by the great Muhammad Ali, Mark Messier’s-autographed game used NY Rangers jersey from the 9/11 Tribute game in Madison Square Garden and game-worn jerseys from Derek Jeter and LeBron James are among 1,700 items currently available in the “Spring Fling Auction” hosted by Steiner Sports Marketing, Inc. from now through June 26.
“This is one of the largest, most diverse and most exciting on-line auctions we have ever had at Steiner Sports,’ stated Brandon Steiner, the company’s Founder & CEO.
On October 7th 2001, the New York Rangers faced off against the Buffalo Sabres in the first game played at Madison Square Garden after the tragedy that struck New York City on September 11th, 2001. During the pregame ceremonies the Rangers Captain Mark Messier would done the iconically famous fireman’s hat, an image that defined the time period for hockey fans.
In 2007 MeiGray sold privately the Jersey that was photomatched to the ceremony. The Rangers would go on to win the contest 5 – 4 and Messier finished with one assist. Following the game the jerseys worn were auction off to benefit the Twin Towers fund, with this jersey being the most expensive of the available jerseys.
The jersey comes with a letter of authenticity from Glen Sather, Rangers GM. It was purchased directly from the Rangers’ charity auction following the contest. Messier has autographed the back. While three jerseys were donned by Messier during the evening, the one being offered by Steiner is the only jersey known that was authenticated as being used during the game itself. A portion of the winning bid will be donated to the Steven Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The minimum bid is $50,000.
Espinoza rode American Pharoah into history last year, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The jockey has an exclusive endorsement contract with Steiner. He inscribed the vest with major victories from his career as a jockey and signed it twice. The minimum bid is $5,000.
The James jersey was worn in November 2014 during one of his first home games back with the Cavs after he returned to his home state. It has been authenticated and tagged by MeiGray and carries a $20,000 minimum.
The Jeter jersey was worn in 2003 and shows game use with dirt on the front and back. It comes with Steiner and Jeter LOAs. The Jeter glove was worn in 2007 and carries PSA/DNA authentication. Bidding for each starts at $10,000.
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