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Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:42 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 4:52 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver  

A Jeremy Lin Knicks jersey has reportedly sold on eBay for $40,000. (Getty Images)

What Jeremy Lin is doing for the New York Knicks is indescribable. But you can put a price on it. reports that the jersey, shorts and warm-ups worn by Lin during his debut for the Knicks in December have been sold on the online auction site for $40,000.

Here's the description of the package from the eBay seller, card77collector.
This game worn uniform is authenticated by Steiner Sports who sells the Knicks game used uniforms. All items have hand written authentication letters and corresponding authentication labels. This uniform was worn on December 28th, 2011 against the Golden State Warriors in Jeremy Lin's first ever game with the New York Knicks. He did play in this game.

Included: Jersey (XL2), Shorts (XL +2), Warm Up Pants, Warm Up Shirt

The tags are hand written and labeled as issued by the New York Knicks to Lin. All items are in the same exact condition as they were from Lin. This picture is featured by many media outlets. This is the single most unique piece of Jeremy Lin memorabilia in the world.
The 23-year-old Taiwanese-American guard, who went undrafted out of Harvard, has become a global sensation after moving into New York's starting lineup. The Knicks have won seven straight games and Lin's scoring production in his first five starts was the highest of any NBA player since the NBA/ABA merger.

The uniform's price tag is, obviously, extraordinary for someone who was a virtual unknown as recently as two weeks ago. Consider that Lin has recently spent time in the National Basketball Development League, where players often reportedly earn less than $40,000 in annual salary.

The jersey Lin worn while scoring a career-high 38 points against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden last week is also being auctioned for charity.

Lin is averaging 12.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds and shooting 49.7 percent for the Knicks this season.

Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:40 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

this is great, i am Lin's fans,too,i like watching his playing, and i have bouthgt several  till now.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:05 am

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

I'd just like to know how someone goes about getting Lin's jersey from that first game legally? I'd be too worried that this item was stolen by someone and not obtained legally. Do NBA teams really give/sell the jersey's after each game?

I also agree with the previous post, ebay items are often bid up by people not intending to pay. They do it just for show and make news stories like this. Although I wouldn't doubt there is some crazy fan that would pay that much for this item.

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:24 am

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

Hopefully he can keep it up. He seems like an actual positive role model, a rarity in professional sports today.

Anyway, as far as buying/saving on eBay goes:

Check the feedback of the seller.  Maybe send him a question about the item to see their responsiveness, if they don't reply back, maybe not the best seller to deal with.

If you send the seller a question about an item, find another of their listings, and send the question from that item page, rather than from the one that you actually want. This will add a little bit of work for the seller, if they want to add the question/answer to the item description page that you are actually interested in. Maybe they won't bother, and maybe any potential bidders/buyers would not bother to send the seller the question themselves, rather just looking for another one.

If you see an item that you want listed in auction format, send the seller a message asking if they will accept $x to end the auction early and sell the item to you. May be telling them that they would not have to wait as long to get their money (they would probably know that, but it still might help). If that does not work, use a sniping service such as to bid for you. It'll bid in the last few seconds, helping you to save money and avoid shill bidding.

If there is a particular item that you are looking for, and especially if it is relatively rare on eBay, use a site like to set up saved searches. You'd get an e-mail whenever a match is listed. Great for "Buy It Now"s priced right. You can use the price, category, exclude Word, etc. filters to narrow down the list of results that you receive in the e-mails.

Probably a long shot, but if the item that you are looking for is difficult to spell, try a misspelling search site like to hopefully find some deals with items that have main keywords misspelled in the title. Other interested buyers might never see them. Then, if the item is listed an auction format, after a few days of no bids (hopefully anyway) send the seller and offer to end the auction early and sell the item to you. They may worry that no one is interested, and take whatever they can get.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 7:14 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

As an Ebay seller I think you can safely bet that this is a "non-paying bidder". People run stuff up on Ebay all the time, just for laughs.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 6:00 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

Come on EJ, while the selling price may seem a bit Linflated, when this kids being inducted in the Hall of Fame, his first game jersey will be considered Linvaluable. It's a pretty good Linvestment, if you ask me.

Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 5:07 pm

Report: Jeremy Lin jersey sold on eBay for $40K

I was hoping his jersey would be a little more Linexpensive... but are they sure that this is a Lintage jersey?

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