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Piazza-20160106_195946The New York Mets announced yesterday that they would retire Mike Piazza‘s number 31 on July 30, a week after he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The game sold out almost immediately.

Piazza’s response on Twitter was gracious:

I’m happy for him, and I’m happy for us. In the last six months, we’ve watched our team play in the World Series, we’ve had our second Hall of Famer elected and we’re going to get to see a National League Championship banner rise. Now this. Short of a World Series trophy, I couldn’t have asked for more.

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“Celebrate” | Mike Piazza Hall of Fame Tribute

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A Hall of Fame autograph… and a Hall of Fame pricetag

If you need new Hall of Famer Mike Piazza‘s autograph, you’ll have an opportunity to get it later this month at MAB Celebrity Services’ “Yankeepalooza” show in Fort Lee. But you’d better have deep pockets.

Piazza’s autograph tickets start at $179, plus an additional $59 fee if you want him to add “HOF 2016” or any other inscription to his signature.

That’s a little bit too steep for me – the rising autograph fees are one of the main reasons I’ve stopped posting about which former and current Mets are scheduled to appear at collectibles shows each month.

Yankee fans may be interested to see that Joe Girardi ($79 and up) and Luis Severino ($65 and up) have recently been added to the show lineup, too.