Shohei Ohtani has accomplished feats on the field this season like few have ever seen. And now his jerseys are breaking records, too.
On Wednesday night, an autographed 2021 Ohtani All-Star jersey was auctioned off by Major League Baseball and closed at $130,210, making it the highest-priced item on MLB Auctions, dating to 2001. The previous record was set just three days prior by, of course, a 2021 Ohtani game-used Angels jersey, which closed at $121,800.
The game-used jersey came from the Angels’ July 2 victory over the Orioles, in which Ohtani hit his 29th and 30th home runs of the season. The All-Star jersey was not game-worn.
The net proceeds from the All-Star jersey will benefit the Baseball Assistance Team, which confidentially assists members of the baseball family (former MLB/MiLB/AAGBPL/Negro Leagues players and their families, MLB and MiLB employees, scouts, umpires and more) who are in need through charitable contributions in a variety of forms, including financial grants, healthcare resources and rehabilitative counseling.
The net proceeds from the Angels jersey will benefit the Angels Baseball Foundation, which focuses on initiatives aimed to create and improve education, healthcare, arts & sciences and community-related youth programs throughout the region, in addition to providing children the opportunity to experience the great game of baseball and its countless positive attributes.