Couple finds Vince Lombardi sweater worth $20,000 at thrift shop

Tuesday February 10th, 2015

It has been a good start to February for memorabilia collectors, with some very rare pieces of sports history surfacing. There was a Shoeless Joe Jackson autograph discovered in a scrapbook, which could sell for $100,000, and now a vintage sweater bought at Goodwill could be bringing in the big bucks.

A couple in North Carolina purchased a vintage West Point sweater for 58 cents last June. Now, in just under two weeks, Dallas-based Heritage Auctions will be selling the sweater.

Who was the sweater's original owner? Legendary NFL coach Vince Lombardi. 

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Sean McEvoy, the man who currently owns the sweater, was watching a Lombardi documentary when he pointed out the sweater to his wife, Rikki, WLOS News 13 reports.

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

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McEvoy originally called the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but it requested he donate the rare piece of memorabilia. 

Instead, the family took the sweater to Heritage Auctions, with some believing the final sale price could be $20,000. 

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