Colts owner Jim Irsay purchases Zelenskyy signed baseball; portion of proceeds going to Ukraine relief efforts

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Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay announced Thursday that he has purchased the baseball signed by Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.Irsay paid $50,103 at the Boston-based RR Auction, which will be donating more than $15,000 to relief efforts in Ukraine, as the Russian invasion continues.CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM
Jim Irsay speaks during the ceremony for the retired jersey of Peyton Manning during the NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts on October 8, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.
(Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)ZELENSKY AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL UP FOR SALE, PROCEEDS GOING TOWARDS RELIEF EFFORTS IN UKRAINEOutKick relayed last month that the ball was up for sale, which was expected to go for $15,000. Zelenskyy originally signed the ball in two languages, Ukrainian cursive, and English print, during a September 2019 visit to New York. The ball comes with a letter signed by Volodymyr Yelchenko, Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations at the time.
In this image from video provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks from Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, April 8, 2022.
(Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)The ball had previously been in the possession of Randy L. Kaplan, a government affairs specialist in New York. Yelchenko gifted the ball to Kaplan, who has been collecting baseballs with the John Hancock of world leaders on them since 1996.
Team owner Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts looks on from the sideline before a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 26, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPTMZ Sports reports there were 35 bids on the baseball.New FanDuel Sportsbook users can make their first bet risk-free up to $1,000. If the bet loses, the FanDuel Sportsbook will refund you in site credit. New users can lock in this offer NOW by clicking this link.Follow Nick Geddes on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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