The jersey worn by Mike Piazza when he struck his famous post-9/11 home run is up for auction, but several potential buyers are lining up to snag a piece of history and keep it in New York.
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Piazza’s autographed uniform has been the subject of recent controversy. According to Goldin Auctions, the consigner purchased the historic jersey from the New York Mets three years ago and loaned it back to the team, which displayed the jersey in the Citi Field museum. Piazza told the New York Post he was “very disappointed” to learn his jersey is now on the block.
In an interview with Charles Payne on FBN’s “Varney & Co.,” Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin said he continues to discuss potential deals with buyers who are looking to acquire the jersey before the auction closes. The seller would be willing to sign off on an early sale depending on the terms, Goldin added. The auction house wants the jersey to share time between the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Citi Field and the National September 11 Museum in New York City.
“I really want to see it stay in New York,” Goldin said Tuesday.
Goldin also said his company can’t control where the jersey ends up if it’s sold through the auction.
SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci, a FOX Business Network contributor and the host of “Wall Street Week,” has made his interest known. Goldin confirmed he has received two other offers, including one that would send the jersey to the 9/11 Museum.
Piazza’s father, Vince, was also exploring an offer, but he told the New York Post the bidding had gone too high.
The high bid was $161,000 as of Tuesday afternoon. The jersey is scheduled to be auctioned on April 30.
Piazza’s eighth-inning homer led the Mets to a win over the Atlanta Braves in the first professional sporting event in New York City following the September 11 terrorist attacks.