(CBS News) – Sales of Carl Nassib’s jersey jump after the Las Vegas Raider this week became the first active NFL player to say he is gay.
Nassib’s No.94 jersey was the best-selling soccer jersey Monday and Tuesday across all Fanatics-owned sportswear websites, the company said, while declining to disclose sales details. The jersey was selling for $ 120 on NFLShop.com.
Elsewhere, demand for Nassib’s autographed rookie card, game-worn jersey and other sports memorabilia has also increased this week, said Jordan Gilroy, director of acquisitions at New Jersey auction firm Lelands. The rush to buy merchandise from a lesser-known NFL player typically lasts a month or less, Gilroy said, but if Nassib is playing at a high level this fall for the Raiders, the auction for his jersey and others. memories could climb even higher.
“His demand right now is at an all time high,” Gilroy said. “One of his jerseys, if it were to be sold at an auction like ours, it could cost thousands and thousands of dollars when it was probably worth, you know, half of last week.”
Don’t be surprised if a jersey or helmet worn by Nassib or even an autographed soccer ball soon appears on an auction site and sells for an all-time high, Gilroy added.
Making NFL History
Nassib made history by becoming the first openly gay active NFL player. The defensive end said in an Instagram video that he hopes the disclosure of his sexuality will increase tolerance for LGBQT people.
“I just think representation and visibility are so important,” he said. “I actually hope that someday videos like this and the whole release process just won’t be necessary, but until then I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that accepts, who is compassionate. “
In the video, Nassib, 28, also announced a donation of $ 100,000 to the nonprofit Trevor Project for its work in preventing LGBTQ + suicide.
In 2014, Michael Sam became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, but was eliminated by the St. Louis Rams before playing a regular season game. Other players came out after retiring from the league.
Since November, the best-selling NFL jerseys have been those of Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys. It’s unclear how these compare to recent purchases of Nassib’s shirt.
President Biden applauded Nassib’s video release in a tweet on Tuesday, calling the player an inspiring athlete. He also cited Washington Spirit football star Kumi Yokoyama for his recent coming out.
“Because of you, countless children around the world see themselves in a new light today,” Biden said.
The NFL and many individual players have also expressed support for Nassib since his announcement.
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