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Auction Watch: Signed game-issued 2010 All-Star jerseys hit block for charity by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You might be accustomed to seeing the Major League Baseball All-Star Game workout jerseys in small pieces in packs of Topps baseball cards, but if you pay attention to the auction block and have the funds then you just might see one in your collection.

A second complete set of the 2010 Workout Day/Home Run Derby jerseys — each signed by the player it was issued to — is available on the auction block through Hunt Auctions and all 80 jerseys will be sold on Saturday during the company’s Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction in Louisville, Ky.

The proceeds from the sale benefit the Baseball Assistance Team, which helps pay expenses of former players who have fallen on hard times.

Online bidding has begun on each of the lots — the jerseys are being sold individually — and the leader thus far is the jersey of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at $1,464. The second-highest — and highest in the National League — is Albert Pujols at $1,293.

Other jerseys of note would be that of Texas Rangers workhorse Cliff Lee ($396), one of few game-issued or game-used items that note him as a Ranger (it has a Rangers patch sleeve), a rookie-year jersey of Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward ($327), an Ichiro Suzuki ($746) and jerseys of World Series champions Tim Lincecum ($495) and Brian Wilson ($330) among others.

With Topps’ locking up ASG jerseys the last few years, these would be the closest thing to actual game-used jerseys from the Midsummer Classic available to the public without getting the slice-and-dice treatment for cards. With the charitable twist and the relatively high-profile auction being led off by these jerseys, there could be some strong final bids come Saturday.

We’ll find out then … for now, you can feast on images of all 80 jerseys below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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