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How one man bought Vince Lombardi's sweater for 58 cents and sold it for an incredible amount


A sweater that once belonged to football legend Vince Lombardi just made for the investment of a lifetime.

Purchased last summer for 58 cents at a Goodwill store in Asheville, N.C., the pullover, with West Point stitched on the front and Lombardi on the back, recently sold for $43,020 in a New York City auction, according to ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell.

Lombardi coached at the United States Military Academy from 1949 to 1953 before beginning his NFL career as an offensive coordinator for the New York Giants under head coach Jim Lee Howell. In 1959, Lombardi took over as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers and went on to win five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls.

Sometime between then and June 2014, the garment made its way to the thrift shop, where Tennessee natives Sean and Rikki McEvoy were none the wiser that it came from the namesake of the NFL's championship trophy.

"I picked it up and thought it was cool," Sean McEvoy told "At first, I thought it was a basketball warm-up.

"I didn't see the Lombardi tag when we walked out with it or I might have made a connection. My wife saw it but she didn't know who that could be."

A few months later, they stumbled onto a documentary on Lombardi and saw a picture of him wearing the sweater. That's when they started to connect the dots and turned it over to Heritage Auctions, which auctioned off the sweater to an anonymous buyer, according to the story.

What have you done with 58 cents lately?

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