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'NYPD' helmet worn by Mike Piazza after 9/11 now on auction block

Catcher Mike Piazza wore the NYPD logo on his helmet in the Mets' first game after the attacks on Sept. 11. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

Another item worn by Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza during the first game back in New York after 9/11 is up for auction from a private collector.

Earlier this season, New York Mets minority owners swooped in and purchased the jersey worn by Piazza in the historic Sept. 21, 2001 game for $365,000 to avoid it going to a private collection via auction.

Now, Goldin Auctions plans to accept bids for the "NYPD" helmet worn by Piazza during that historic game.

This time, the auction house says that 10 percent of the winning bid price will be donated to Tuesday’s Children, a charity that supports first responders and their families who are impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.

The Mets received considerable negative reaction in April regarding Piazza's jersey being sold by the organization to a private collector, who later put it up for auction.

The team issued a statement to ESPN's Darren Rovell on Wednesday regarding the helmet: "This item was sold in 2013. In April this year, we instituted a new process with internal controls to prevent something like this from happening again in the future."

Mets minority owners Anthony Scaramucci and Tony Lauto, who stepped in to purchase the jersey, now have it displayed on a rotating basis at the Mets Hall of Fame at Citi Field, the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.