The farewell tour is all but wrapped up and as the Yankees return home for the final six regular season games, Mariano Rivera memorabilia is popping up everywhere. While manager Joe Girardi is still hoping to convince him to return in 2014, it would be a bit awkward considering all of the tributes in cities across the big leagues.
The Yanks play their final six games at home beginning this weekend against the San Francisco Giants. A ‘Thank You Fans’ photo will be given away to fans who attend the sold out game, which includes a pre-game ceremony honoring the career of the soon to be retired relief ace. The Yankees will begin wearing caps featuring a Rivera patch, the first time an active player has been so honored. They’ll also begin donning jerseys with a larger Rivera commemorative patch. You can find them on Amazon for $12.95.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, some of those jerseys will wind up being sold through Steiner Sports, along with some as yet unspecified Rivera game-used items.
Steiner’s website has bulked up with some fresh Rivera autographed pieces commemorating the end of his career, many of the prices ending in ‘42’, which is Rivera’s number. He’s the last MLB player allowed to wear 42 following its MLB-wide retirement in honor of Jackie Robinson.
Rivera memorabilia offered by the company ranges from an unsigned “Exit Sandman” lithograph for $25.42 to signed 2013 All-Star MVP baseballs at $549.99 to autographed bats bearing various inscriptions at $642.42 all the way up to signed and inscribed artist proof litho giclees, numbered to 5, at $2499.99.