If you thought the value of an Aaron Hernandez jersey would go down after Hernandez was charged with murder last week, you thought wrong. The value of Hernandez's No. 81 New England Patriots jersey is shooting up on the secondary market, with some going for over $1,000 on eBay.
The Patriots ProShop will be exchanging Hernandez jerseys for free on Saturday and Sunday. But if Hernandez's No. 81 keeps shooting up in value, fans might decide to hold on to their jersey. After all, why exchange it for one jersey when you can sell it for $1,000 and then use that money to buy eight Tim Tebow jerseys?
The bigger question here, though, is who in the world is buying Hernandez jerseys for more than five times their face value?
The Boston Globe talked to several people last Sunday who were selling their Hernandez jerseys, but no one went on the record about buying one.
The people buying Hernandez jerseys apparently aren't interested in explaining why they're buying them. But make no mistake, they are buying them. Bidding wars are happening on eBay right now.
The bidding for the autographed jersey at the top of the page started at $75. The winning bid was $1,200.
The bidding for the "game-worn" jersey pictured in the middle of the page started at 99 cents. That bidding has since jumped to $1,000.
As for the regular -- non-autographed, non-game-worn jerseys -- they're going for around $300. The jersey pictured below had its bidding begin at $20. The bidding on that jersey is now up to $305.