Infamous Bobby Bonilla contract sold for $180K at auction

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Bobby Bonilla is always a trendy name that appears every baseball season on July 1 because that is the day the New York Mets must pay him $1.19 million due to the deferred payments from his 1999 contract with the team.

That infamous contract, which will pay Bonilla through 2035, was recently sold at an auction.

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According to an ESPN report, the Bonilla contract was sold on Saturday night via collectibles marketplace Goldin for $180,000.

In addition to the contract, the auction winner will get to join Bonilla on a 30-minute Zoom call as well spend the day with the former slugger in New York, which will include a breakfast and a Mets game at Citi Field where they will take in batting practice and a dinner next season.

The winner also will get a separate call with Bonilla’s agent, Dennis Gilbert, who negotiated the deal that has led to the creation of “Bobby Bonilla Day” and will also receive an autographed baseball from Bonilla, a game-used bat and a 1-of-1 Bonilla contract NFT, of course.

The contract previously belonged to Gilbert since the signing in 1999.

Per ESPN, the lot for the contract was at $22,800 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and was raised to six figures 15 bids later.

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