When the dust settled Thursday night, the card had sold for a record price.
The last auction for a PSA 9 Williams, in 2009, realized just over $12,000.
The MLBPA received $10.1 million from Topps in 2014, $10.5 million in 2013 and $9.5 million in 2012.
Panini, will doesn’t have an MLB license but does have a deal with the MLBPA, paid just over $1 million in 2015.
Topps’ exclusive license with Major League Baseball runs through 2020.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines chatted with Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions about that.
Piazza’s father, Vincent Piazza, was reported to have expressed an interest in buying the jersey, worn by the Mets’ catcher when he belted what turned out to be a spirit-lifting game-winning homer in the first New York sporting event after the 2001 terror attacks. The elder Piazza told the New York Post what he’d do with the jersey.
The seller is Big League Impact, a charity he supports.
Wainwright wrote #ImpactFlint and #IF on the shoes, which he also wore during spring training.
Twins’ pitcher Kyle Gibson did the same for the cleats he wore in Wednesday night’s game but no word yet on if or when those will hit the block.