Bobby Bonilla’s infamous contract with the New York Mets is still paying off — in more ways than one.
The addendum to Bonilla’s contract, the Deferred Compensation Agreement, was sold through the Goldin collector’s market for $180,000, buyer’s premium included. The auction ended late Saturday evening.
Bonilla, of course, owes $1,193,248.20 from the Mets every July 1st — known in the sports world as “Bobby Bonilla Day” — through 2035 as part of the most notorious deferred payment deal in American pro sports history.
Bonilla will be 72 years old when the payments are complete.
The auction winner will also receive 30-minute Zoom calls with Bonilla and separately with Dennis Gilbert, the agent who brokered Bonilla’s postponement deal. He also receives an autographed baseball, a bat from Bonilla’s personal collection, and a 1-of-1 Bobby Bonilla Contract NFT.
In addition, the winner will spend a day with Bonilla in New York, including breakfast, a trip to Citi Field to watch batting practice, a Mets game and dinner. The day will take place in 2023.
As of Saturday at 9:30 p.m. ET, the lot for the Bonilla contract was $22,800. Fifty minutes and 15 bids later, the Bonilla-Ganza hit six numbers.
The contract has been in Gilbert’s possession since it was signed. The lot includes a letter of provenance from Gilbert and a letter of authenticity from Beckett Authentication.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34361023/bobby-bonilla-infamous-new-york-mets-contract-sold-180k-auction Bobby Bonilla’s infamous New York Mets contract sold for $180K at auction