KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Behind every piece of memorabilia, there's a story. And Lelands Auctions has two related to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“It is the earliest Mahomes signature to ever be offered in a public auction, and it was signed in 2013 when he was still in high school," said Jordan Gilroy, director of acquisitions at Lelands Auctions.
An autographed baseball, signed by Mahomes and his high school baseball team, is for sale in the online auction.
While the bidding war is on, it's the memories that are priceless.
“The consigners middle child Jet, it’s unfortunate news, but he was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2013 and once news spread in their hometown in Texas, the coach then of the 2013 Whitehouse Wildcats invited Jet and his family to their regional championship game to throw the first pitch out," Gilroy said. "The ball that we have in our auction is that ball that he threw to Patrick Mahomes and then Mahomes gave the ball back, he had it signed by the entire team, including Mahomes, and it’s just an incredible piece of football and baseball history."
The starting bid for the baseball was $500, as well as the signed team photograph of the Whitehouse Wildcats.
“The letter of authenticity we have, it says Patrick Mahomes and then like 20 other unidentified signatures because they were high schoolers," Gilroy said.
The two items might not be the most expensive in the auction, but they are a fan favorite.
On Dec. 11, the highest bidder will be the proud owner of a little piece of Mahomes' history.