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(Yahoo)   Don Larsen's 1956 World Series jersey sells for $756,000, providing him with the needed money for his grandkids' education, Yes, another perfect decision   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 25
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2012-12-07 09:35:07 AM  
No, the perfect decision is to let the kid's parents pay for their education.
 
2012-12-07 09:53:35 AM  
That is a lot of loot for a college education.
 
2012-12-07 09:54:23 AM  
So he sold his jersey for probably 100 times what he made during his playing career.
 
2012-12-07 10:06:51 AM  
sheesh, you guys.....give the 'ol man some props. good on him.

/if i was a rich billionaire i'd buy it back for him.
 
2012-12-07 10:17:24 AM  
The 83-year-old Larsen said in July that he'd like to get a million dollars for the jersey because "why go cheap?"...An early Babe Ruth jersey sold for $4.4 million back in May, becoming the most expensive sports memorabilia item ever in the process.

Everyone knows that private collectors only get the second-rate memorabilia. The really valuable stuff is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where it belongs.

Don Larsen's rosin bag.

Babe Ruth's bowling ball.
 
2012-12-07 10:30:41 AM  
Look, I know college is expensive but 3/4 of a million? Is this kid on the 10-year plan at Harvard?
 
2012-12-07 10:39:58 AM  
Good on him for getting loot. Terrible idea to give it away to grandkids for college.
 
2012-12-07 11:02:15 AM  

iamskibibitz: Look, I know college is expensive but 3/4 of a million? Is this kid on the 10-year plan at Harvard?


GrandKIDS. Plural.
 
2012-12-07 11:02:38 AM  

iamskibibitz: Look, I know college is expensive but 3/4 of a million? Is this kid on the 10-year plan at Harvard?


Apostrophes, how do they work?
 
2012-12-07 11:12:24 AM  
At 83, it should be great grandkids
 
2012-12-07 11:13:51 AM  
In related news, the owner of the jersey Don Larsen wore when he pitched a perfect game in the World Series had to sell it in order for his grandkids to be able to afford to go to college.
 
2012-12-07 11:38:46 AM  
How many grandkids does he have? That is a lot of education
 
2012-12-07 11:55:05 AM  

machoprogrammer: How many grandkids does he have? That is a lot of education


At around $200k a pop, he'd only need 4, assuming they didn't go for advanced degrees or prep schools, then probably only 2 prepped Masters/PhDs. Seriously.
 
2012-12-07 12:14:19 PM  
It's just a shirt that he hasn't worn in 56 years. Why not sell it if you can get a nice chunk of change for it. You can't take it with you.

/Even if I was Bill Gates rich, I wouldn't spend $750k on a shirt. $640k should be enough for anyone.
 
2012-12-07 12:27:07 PM  
That's roughly one game's pay for C.C. Sabathia.
 
2012-12-07 12:32:23 PM  
Good on him. I wish I had a relative who gave me even $50 towards my college tuition. A jersey is a piece of cloth. He has the memory forever.
 
2012-12-07 12:44:08 PM  

deadsanta: At around $200k a pop,


They're all getting in to Ivy League schools?
 
2012-12-07 12:51:42 PM  

IAmRight: deadsanta: At around $200k a pop,

They're all getting in to Ivy League schools?


There's a whole lot of schools at that price that aren't Ivies. It's kind of weird.

/Not necessarily arguing that Ivies should be that price or are worth it. But there are plenty of 45-50k tuition schools that are well below that level.
 
2012-12-07 01:01:07 PM  

IAmRight: deadsanta: At around $200k a pop,

They're all getting in to Ivy League schools?


Even public Big 10 schools are about $100k at this point, maybe more. College education is not worth the price to a lot of people these days. I know I will be paying for my education until well after my kids think about going.
 
2012-12-07 01:19:45 PM  

forstmeister: Even public Big 10 schools are about $100k at this point, maybe more. College education is not worth the price to a lot of people these days. I know I will be paying for my education until well after my kids think about going.


Still, $100K is a lot less than $200K.

/tuition where I went was around $12K/year
//chose it mostly 'cause it was cheap...then they changed the GI Bill to the post-9/11 GI Bill later - should've just gone to a bigger school at that point!
 
2012-12-07 02:20:56 PM  

hbk72777: At 83, it should be great grandkids


My grandmother was 29 when she had my dad, and my dad was 36 when he had me. When she was 83, I was 18. Seems about right.
 
2012-12-07 07:09:25 PM  
My Pop still has the New York Daily News from the day after Larson pitched that perfecto.
 
2012-12-07 10:50:05 PM  
I'm lucky enough to have met Mr. Larsen once. Nice guy.
 
2012-12-07 10:59:53 PM  

litespeed74: I'm lucky enough to have met Mr. Larsen once. Nice guy.


Please tell your story.
 
2012-12-07 11:10:59 PM  

W.C.fields forever: litespeed74: I'm lucky enough to have met Mr. Larsen once. Nice guy.

Please tell your story.


Nothing to interesting. He came into our business to buy some building materials. (Northern Idaho)
 
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