By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Mariano Rivera‘s Hall of Fame career is coming to an end and Steiner Sports‘ work to commemorate it has just begun.
The New York Yankees have eight games remaining this season and on Sunday Steiner will provide a photograph of the all-time saves leader to all fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium as part of Mariano Rivera Day. It also will promote the Mariano Rivera Retirement Collection, which will feature several different pieces of memorabilia along with autographed items found only via Steiner.
The photo given to fans will feature a facsimile autograph and message to fans on a photo of him tipping his cap after he set the MLB record with his 602nd save. Entering play Friday, he had 652 for his career, a 19-year odyssey all spent with the Yankees that includes five World Series rings.
Brandon Steiner, the founder and CEO of the company, said in a prepared release that this season’s memorabilia offerings have had sales “through the roof, as people across the country are showing their love for Mariano” and that $2 million will be raised for the Mariano Rivera Foundation as part of the merchandise lines created.
The Steiner line includes countless retirement tribute items as its one of more than 20 companies releasing more than 100 different items for his final run. Rawlings, for example, will place the Rivera logo seen here onto baseballs used in play on Sunday. Unsigned logo balls are $25 via Steiner or $342.42 with an autograph.
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