Want to own a piece of DeflateGate history? Well, then get ready to cough up $25,000 or more. That’s the starting bid for a football used by the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts that’s being auctioned off by Lelands.com.
But before you take out that second mortgage on your house, know that the ball up for sale is not one of those that was found to be illegally deflated by the Patriots, who were found on a “more probable than not” basis to have knowingly violated league rules.
The ball on the auction block wasn’t used in the controversial first half of the game that saw the Colts lose the game 45-7.
Per a Lelands press release sent to The Washington Post:
“Near the end of the third quarter, Darrelle Revis of the Patriots intercepted a pass by Colts QB Andrew Luck and returned it to the Colts 13 yard line. On the very next play, Brady handed off to LeGarrette Blount, who ran the ball in for a score to give the Patriots a 38-7 lead. As Blount exited the back of the end zone, he dropped the ball to celebrate. Then, Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell picked up the ball and handed it to a fan sitting in the stands.”
Making the football’s provenance even more, um, airtight, Lelands says the ball comes with a detailed notarized letter explaining how the ball was obtained, along with the ticket stub of the fan who was gifted the ball.
The auction is open online at Lelands.com and closes July 17.