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Goodwill sweater possibly Vince Lombardi's and worth $20,000

By Aileen Graef
Vince Lombardi's sweater is up for auction after being bought for 58 cents. Photo: Heritage Auctions
Vince Lombardi's sweater is up for auction after being bought for 58 cents. Photo: Heritage Auctions

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A couple bought a West Point sweater in North Carolina for 58 cents only to find it is possibly football legend Vince Lombardi's and worth $20,000.

Sean and Nikki McEvoy bought the West Point vintage sweater at Goodwill in June thinking it was "neat" and a steal. It wasn't until McEvoy was watching a documentary about Vince Lombardi that he noticed the football great wearing a similar sweater.

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"I was watching a Vince Lombardi documentary and I said to my wife, we have a sweater just like that," McEvoy said. "Wouldn't it be great if it was actually Vince Lombardi's?"

They then looked inside the sweater and saw Lombardi's name written on the tag.

"She said I think it's that guy, Lombardi," McEvoy said. "My heart kind of sank into my stomach a bit."

McEvoy called the Pro Football Hall of Fame but they wanted him to donate it -- an option his wife was not willing to consider. Her protest is understandable given that they paid 58 cents and an auction house estimated it to be worth around $20,000.

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Lombardi was the coach of the Green Bay Packers. He won five national championships and two Super Bowls as coach. The Super Bowl trophy still bears his name.

The bidding is currently online and at $7,000. Internet bidding ends Feb. 20 and the auction will take place Feb. 21-22.

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