Goldin Auctions, the company currently auctioning the Mike Piazza post-9/11 home run jersey, has agreed to pull the item from its auction and sell it privately, if it receives an offer that meets certain criteria by Friday April 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm ET. If no qualified offers are received by the deadline, the company will no longer entertain private sale offers and will sell the jersey on April 30 during its live auction at the New York Yankees Steak House in New York City.
For more information, including a full description and photos of the item, visit GoldinAuctions.com.
“Since our inception, Goldin Auctions has never removed any of the 20,000 items we have listed in an auction for private sale. However due to the historical significance of this item, and its emotional ties to the city of New York we are making an exception,” said Ken Goldin, CEO of Goldin Auctions. “But to be fair to our customers, we need to establish a deadline for the private sale.”
In all of the media interviews surrounding the item, company representatives have clearly communicated that it will pull this item for a private sale prior to the auction close if a buyer makes an offer that satisfies these important goals:
1. Offer a price that is satisfactory to the consignor based upon its potential at auction.
2. Agree to display the item for a mutually agreeable period of time at the buyer’s choice of the following museums: a) the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum; b) The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY; or c) The Mets Museum at CitiField. This can be a rotating display. Goldin Auctions has been in contact with all three entities and they are all very interested.
3. As an alternative to the display criteria above, the buyer can also agree to donate the jersey to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and receive the charitable tax donation that will come with making the donation.
If a satisfactory offer meeting the criteria is not received by April 15 at 6:00 pm ET, Goldin Auctions and the consignor have agreed to let the auction process play out at the live event on April 30. An item selling at auction will have no restrictions or requirements on the winning bidder.
Anyone interested in purchasing the item through a private sale must contact Goldin Auctions by Friday April 15 at 6:00 pm ET. Preference may be given to offers that involve, at a minimum, display at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
About Goldin Auctions
Sports memorabilia impresario Ken Goldin has sold more than $600 million in memorabilia from many of the biggest names in sports, history and pop culture and was the pioneer of using the medium of television to sell sports memorabilia. Over the past few years, Goldin Auctions sold Babe Ruth’s 1918 contract for a record $1.02 million, a Honus Wagner T206 card for a public sale record $2.1 million and a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Rookie Card for a record $400,950. Goldin Auctions strives to break new ground and offer collectors the best in collectible treasures up for auction in the marketplace. All game worn or autographed items come with team, player, league or additional LOA from industry leading authenticators; and collectors can bid with confidence that their proxy/ceiling bids remain confidential. For more information, visit www.goldinauctions.com.