— Days Without Shea —

by Kingman on September 17 at 1:06PM
As Loge13 readers know, everything is slated to go from Shea Stadium. We wrote last week about the auction and posted the complete list of items up for bid.

Here is an update from Crain's NY:

If only the Mets were as hot as their memorabilia.

The team’s 1986 championship flag just sold to a collector for $50,000 as part of a sale of more than 2,000 artifacts from Shea Stadium being conducted by New Jersey-based MeiGray Group.

Tom Seaver’s retired No. 41 went for $25,000; the 1973 National League championship wall banner fetched $5,000; and a giant banner depicting former manager Gil Hodges brought in $2,500.

Hundreds of items have already sold and more than 60 people have expressed interest in depositing up to $10,000 to participate in three days of “Shea Premiere Club” tours that begin tomorrow. Fans putting down $2,500 to $10,000 will have first crack at remaining items, including player lockers, the two foul poles, outfield wall panels and dugouts.

The Mets are donating all of their proceeds from the sales to the Mets Foundation, which will distribute the money to local charities.

“There clearly is an interest among our fans and other New Yorkers to own a piece of Shea history,” said Dave Howard, the Mets executive vice president, business operations in a statement.

The artifacts sale comes as the Mets have been selling pairs of Shea Stadium seats for the past few weeks, for $869. A team spokesman says field and loge level seats have already sold out.

Items not snatched up during the Premiere events will be sold online via auction and fixed price transactions beginning Oct. 6, according to MeiGray’s President Barry Meisel.

I'm still confused. Why did the Mets sell their 1986 World Series Champions banner? And the retired numbers? Those were logical items to move to Citi Field. Did the blue and orange colors clash with the new stadium's design?

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