SCP Auctions is pleased to present an assortment of Pittsburgh Steelers two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s memorabilia – directly from “Big Ben” himself – as part of its 2015 Fall Premier online auction. Bidding began on Wed., Nov. 18, and will conclude this Sat., Dec. 5 at SCP Auctions. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of Roethlisberger’s lot will go toward the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation, which supports K-9 units and service dogs of police and fire departments throughout the U.S.
The top bid currently for any of Roethlisberger’s memorabilia is $3,328 for his Pittsburgh Steelers game-worn and signed home jersey that he wore on Dec. 28, 2008, versus Cleveland in the final regular-season game of the team’s eventual Super Bowl winning campaign. Late in the first half, Roethlisberger dropped back and completed a short pass to tight end Heath Miller. On the play, he took a vicious hit from Browns linebackers’ Willie McGinest and D’Qwell Jackson and suffered a serious head/neck injury. He lay on the field for 15 minutes and had to be carted off the field on a stretcher as 60,000+ fans at Heinz Field held their collective breath. Ultimately, he sustained a concussion, but it looked much worse. Five weeks later, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The jersey up for bid had to be literally cut off Roethlisberger’s body at the time of his injury.
Another Roethlisberger lot that’s generating plenty of bids is his Steelers’ game-worn, signed and inscribed nine-piece uniform ensemble from Oct. 26, 2014, a game in which he led the black-and-gold to a 51-34 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Colts by throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns. This lot is currently sitting at $2,662 with three days remaining in the online auction. Three different pairs of his game-worn and dual-signed cleats are also up for bid including a pair of his size 14 Nike “Superbad Pro” cleats from Nov. 2, 2014, when he led Pittsburgh to a 43-23 win over the Baltimore Ravens. In that game, he threw for 340 yards and six more touchdowns. The current high bid for that pair is $1,774. Every lot includes a signed Letter of Authenticity from Roethlisberger. -Terry Melia