Whose jersey raked in most bucks at Phillies Phestival?

Posted: July 28, 2012

Almost 7,000 fans swarmed Citizens Bank Park during Thursday's Phillies Phestival, raising $858,340 for the fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Fans, who paid various rates of admission, got grab bags, dunked ballgirls, played a Run the Bases game, collected autographs with players and coaches, and bid on 145 offerings during the silent and live auctions.

Fetching the biggest bucks - $7,500 - was "Dream Scene," a limited-edition print featuring club greats Grover Cleveland Alexander, Del Ennis, Mike Schmidt and Ryan Howard. A set of six baseballs signed by Phillies World Series teams (1950, 1980, 1983, 1993, 2008 and 2009) went for $4,200.

The top silent-auction item were a jersey worn during a 2011 home game by catcher Carlos Ruiz, which sold for $1,200, followed by the $850 bid for the right to be a Phillies batboy or batgirl.

The "Chooch" jersey, though, wasn't the priciest one.

In the live auction, four sold for more, topped by the $2,000 for a 2011 jersey worn by pitcher Roy Halladay.

Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels jerseys raised $1,500 each, and Jim Thome jersey garnered $1,400.

Together, the auctions raked in $95,000.

Since the first Phestival in 1984, the Phillies have raised more than $13.5 million to combat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an incurable neurodegenerative disease that afflicts about 30,000 Americans.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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