The same auction that features “Miracle on Ice” goalie Jim Craig’s gold medal and the American flag he draped around his shoulders after the U.S. Olympic hockey team stunned the Soviet Union in 1980 includes a piece of memorabilia from the low point of the Washington Nationals’ 2015 season.
Lot No. 471 in the Lelands Summer Catalog is the jersey that Bryce Harper wore during his dugout altercation with Jonathan Papelbon last September. The back of the jersey, which comes with a certificate of authenticity, is autographed by Harper and the item description is a doozy:
It was the snapshot that best defined the dysfunction and disappointment of the Washington Nationals’ 2015 season; superstar outfielder Bryce Harper scuffling with past-his-prime reliever Jonathan Papelbon in the dugout during a late-season home game against the Phillies, during which Papelbon imploded in the ninth inning against his former team. Presented here is the very same home white #34 jersey Harper wore during the altercation. There is dirt on the back of the size 48 shirt and it is signed number “4” in black on the back with a “Luke 1:37” inscription. There’s also the MLB hologram “HZ798263.” Whether or not you classify Harper as a model Christian, the scripture in question reads: “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Indeed. Pictured are also exact photo matches of Harper wearing the jersey.
Bidding for the item, which closes on June 17, was at $4,392 as of Friday morning. For comparison, Harper’s game-used jersey from the Nationals’ home opener this season sold for $13,520.34 at auction.
Lelands’ latest auction also includes a signed Nationals lineup card from a game at Colorado during Harper’s rookie year.