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Baseball used to record Derek Jeter’s final out nets $24,000 at auction (photo)

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The baseball used during a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox that ultimately proved to be the the final out Derek Jeter recorded during his 20-year Hall of Fame career netted some big money at auction on Monday night.

The ball, auctioned off on the MLB Auctions website, reportedly landed a winning bid of $24,025, per a Sports Collectors Daily report.

The Red Sox, not the Yankees, were behind the auction, as Jeter’s final game in his career was at Fenway Park on Sept. 28. The Yankees great’s final out was recorded when he lined out to Red Sox shortstop Jemile Weeks during the 1st inning. Jeter would later single in the top of the 3rd inning in what would prove to be the final at-bat of his career. He was then replaced by pinch-runner Brian McCann to allow for a deserving send-off.

The bag Jeter stepped on following his final at-bat when he reached first base on the aforementioned single also was sold at auction, reportedly for a whopping $50,050.

Jeter of course has kept himself busy since his retirement, launching the athlete-fronted website, “The Players Tribune,” which has published essays by several high-profile superstars from the world of sport, as well as making appearances at speaking engagements, among other business-related endeavors.

[H/T FOX Sports, image credit: Sports Collector Daily/Twitter]