It is bright red and white, and autographed by Colin Kaepernick in 2011 with silver ink. It could also net $ 100,000 in the near future, according to a California-based auctioneer.
“The white Reebok ‘7’ jersey signed by the former NFL quarterback, who became the face of this generation’s new civil rights movement and an American cultural figure, is valued at $ 80,000 – $ 100,000 “Julien’s Auctions said in advance notice. Kaepernick wore this jersey on his NFL debut as the San Francisco 49er on October 2, 2011, when he entered the game in the first quarter for a transfer to Frank Gore for a five-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“In 2020, his positions and actions on and off the pitch catapulted him to become a central figure whose kneeling has become a powerful symbol of protest against racial injustice in America,” the auctioneer said. based in Beverly Hills.
The article is undoubtedly genuine. Mr. Kaepernick included the phrase “official rookie jersey worn during the game” in his autograph, also written in silver ink.
The jersey is “an exceptional piece in the history of sport,” said Darren Julien, CEO of the auction house.
The auction house will feature the garment in an upcoming “Icons and Idols” sports celebrity auction which will highlight Mr. Kaepernick’s place in sports history as well as political and cultural activism.
“In 2016, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to bring attention and awareness to racial inequalities in the United States,” the auction house said. “At the end of the 2016 NFL season, Kaepernick was released by the 49ers, which led to his current ban from the NFL and his legacy as one of the most prominent figures in history. of sport in the world. “
The auction event is slated for December and will also feature personal items from NBA greats, including Michael Jordan’s 1984 Chicago Bulls game jersey, as well as a Los Angeles Lakers jersey worn by the late Kobe Bryant during the 2004-2005 season.