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Historic 2008 Bobby Parnell New York Mets Game-Used Jersey From the Final Game at Shea Stadium Plus Game-Used Ball
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $2,644
2008 was an historic year for New York baseball fans, as both the Mets and Yankees bade a fond farewell to their respective stadiums. Rookie pitcher Bobby Parnell took center stage at the Mets' home finale on September 28th when he became the last pitcher in team history to take the mound at Shea Stadium. Offered here is the very jersey worn by Parnell as he delivered the final pitch by a New York Met at Shea Stadium, as well as a game-used ball from that memorable day. Both of these items were originally obtained directly from the New York Mets and each is accompanied by an individual Certificate of Authenticity from the team. Additional provenance is provided by Major League Baseball in the form of a specially numbered hologram label affixed to each piece. The white polyester jersey is lettered "Mets" across the front and features the number "39" on both the left breast and reverse. "Parnell" is lettered on the reverse directly above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in tricolor tackle twill (blue/orange/black). A circular New York Mets team patch is on the left sleeve, while a commemorative Shea Stadium patch appears on the right sleeve. A "Majestic 48" label is located on the interior left front tail. The MLB hologram label, numbered "LH020771," is affixed to the reverse numeral "9." The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays light wear throughout. Rookie Bobby Parnell only appeared in six games with the Mets in 2008, but his final appearance was obviously the most significant. Parnell came in to record the final out in the top of the ninth inning in the Mets 4-2 loss to the Florida Marlins. Parnell faced third baseman Jorge Cantu, who flied out to center in what would be the final out recorded by the Mets at Shea Stadium. The accompanying game-used ball (it is not the ball used to record the final out) is an official Major League (Selig) ball that also features a special Shea Stadium commemorative stamp. The ball displays moderate wear, including a black ball mark, and bears an MLB hologram label (#LH020713). Shea Stadium was home to the Mets from 1964 through 2008 and played host to four World Series and one All-Star Game. This is an exceptional and highly significant game jersey worn by Parnell while delivering the final pitch by a New York Met at Shea Stadium. Total 2 items (jersey and game ball). Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,644
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