There have been many signature plays and emotional moments in New York Mets history but none rocked Shea Stadium like the memorable home run hit by Mike Piazza on Sept. 21, 2001 – the first post-9/11 baseball game played in New York. The jersey Piazza wore that day headlines 76 featured lots of premium sports memorabilia up for bids in the 2016 Goldin Auctions April Premium Live Auction on April 30th at the NYY Steakhouse in New York City. The auction will also be simulcast live online beginning at 8:00 pm ET at www.GoldinAuctions.com.
Trailing 2-1 to the rival Atlanta Braves in the 8th inning, Piazza drove a Steve Karsay pitch over the left field fence to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. The emotion of the moment was raw for the 40,000 plus fans who erupted in chants of U-S-A, U-S-A.
The jersey, which has been on display in the Mets Museum at CitiField, was consigned by a Mets fan who has owned the jersey for many years. It has an American flag patch on the back collar as well as 9-11-01 and American flags embroidered on the right sleeve. In addition, the jersey is signed by Piazza, who is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.
“This is the most memorable New York Mets home run ever, and the fact that it was hit by the greatest hitter in team history makes it that much more remarkable,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.
A preview of the Piazza 9-11 jersey is available at https://goldinauctions.com/piazza. The auction preview will be open on Friday, April 1 at www.GoldinAuctions.com. In addition to this jersey, the auction also features Gary Carter’s 1986 World Series Trophy, Keith Hernandez’s 1986 Gold Glove Award and more.
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.