So how much would you be willing to pay for one of the DeflateGate balls from last season’s AFC Championship Game? Remember it’s one of the balls that will cost Tom Brady four games at the beginning of next season so it does have value. But if you want it, the bidding starts at $25,000.
From Lelands’ Web site where the ball will be sold…
The ball that will live in infamy. Actual game ball used in the AFC Championship Game played on Sunday January 18, 2015 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro Massachusetts. This is the actual Touchdown Ball handed off by quarterback Tom Brady to LeGarrette Blount who ran it into the end zone for a touchdown. Blount dropped the ball while celebrating, where it was picked up by receiver Brandon LaFell who handed it to a fan in the stands.
The ball is being consigned by that very fan and her husband. In the words of our consignor (edited for brevity), “We carried a white sign for the majority of the game, which read, “Can’t Beat the Pats” with “CBS” in red. We had our Patriots jerseys on the entire time – (myself wearing ) #12 Brady and (my wife Laura) #24 Revis.
Near the end of the third quarter, Darrelle Revis intercepted Andrew Luck’s pass and returned it to the Colts 13. On the very next play, Tom Brady handed off to LeGarrette Blount, who ran the ball in for a touchdown (2:14 remaining, 3rd quarter).
As Blount exited the back of the end zone, directly in front of us, he dropped the ball behind him to go celebrate with the “Minutemen” who fire muskets off when the Patriots score. Then, receiver Brandon LaFell walked up to the ball, picked it up, and handed it to us (specifically Laura, who was still holding up the CBS sign).
We celebrated by jumping up and down, and taking multiple photos with the ball. We left the game midway through the fourth quarter to get out of the rain, and to ensure nothing happened to the game ball we had received.”
Detailed notarized letter explaining how the ball was obtained is included, along with Laura’s “Golden Ticket” stub.
Lelands says that the ball is “the most ‘topical’ piece of sports memorabilia” that they can recall ever being sold so close to the event itself.
So how much would you pay? And what do you think it will eventually go for?