Roberto Clemente jersey sold for $66,000 at auction

November 26, 2018 GMT

Number 21 is worth a whopping $66,000 to an anonymous bidder who bought a game-worn Roberto Clemente jersey at auction this week.

The knit Pirates home jersey was worn in either 1971, 1972 or both, according to Robert Edward Auctions. The exact date is uncertain because a tag listing the year was removed.

However, the auction house received a letter of authenticity from the Pirates saying the jersey was worn in 1972 -- Clemente’s final season.

The hall-of-fame outfielder died in a plane crash Dec. 31, 1972, on the way to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

The online auction started the bidding at $10,000. There were 24 bids.


The jersey was part of an auction that included many other pricey pieces of sports history. A baseball signed by Babe Ruth went for $144,000, according to CBS Sports. Baseball cards depicting Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle went for $132,000 each.

All told, the auction brought in more than $8 million, according to CBS.