Nick Daicos’s signed Anzac Day guernsey has sold for a staggering $16,010 after a bidding war came to an end on Monday night.
The Collingwood young gun won the Anzac Medal as best on ground in his side’s come-from-behind victory over Essendon, racking up 40 disposals and kicking the Pies ahead for good with his second goal of the last quarter.
His memorable performance in the No.35 guernsey made famous by his superstar father Peter was arguably his best yet in his AFL career – and 99 bids came in for the special piece of Collingwood history.
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Several early bidders dropped out when the price jumped to $3000 and the field thinned down to two from $5000.
The winner and runner-up traded blows for more than 48 hours, with the latter lifting the price from $10,000 to $16,000 in a matter of hours on the final day.
They were outshone by a $10 bid from the winner five minutes before the close.
The Daicos guernsey nearly doubled the next highest result, with Jordan De Goey’s jumper selling for $8010 after a similar late-night bidding war.
Pies skipper Darcy Moore’s guernsey drew 87 bids for a final price of $6585.
Jack Crisp’s special Anzac Day boots sold for $3110 – nearly $900 more than his signed guernsey.
Collingwood’s Anzac auction top 10
- Nick Daicos – $16,010 (99 bids)
- Jordan De Goey – $8010 (57)
- Darcy Moore – $6585 (87)
- Steele Sidebottom – $4210 (77)
- Brody Mihocek – $3510 (54)
- Scott Pendlebury – $3210 (57)
- Jack Crisp boots – $3110 (32)
- Brayden Maynard – $2910 (33)
- Beau McCreery – $2700 (85)
- Jack Crisp guernsey – $2249 (37)
Profits raised from the auctions are donated to the RSL’s ANZAC appeal.
Daicos’s value soars
The $16,010 result further solidifies Daicos as an in-demand star of the competition, with the 20-year-old among the favourites to win this year’s Brownlow Medal.
The father-son pick is under contract until the end of 2025 on what looms as a bargain deal given his on-field worth.
But it’s not all smooth sailing.
Daicos was tagged by Adelaide in Collingwood’s one-point win on Sunday, recording a season-low 26 disposals – many in the back half, unable to be free himself of Ben Keays – and just two score involvements.
Pies coach Craig McRae has openly wondered why opposing teams haven’t tagged Daicos before.
But after one club did, he tried to shut the book.
“Nick is a bit of a non-story from the game, to be honest,” McRae said.
“It’s a reality of a young man at the top of his game right now, the opposition want to take that away.
“He is a great strength of ours and we have got method in different ways to support him around that.”
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks said his team won the battle, but lost the so-called war when becoming the latest club overwhelmed by a last-term Collingwood surge.
“Really pleased with the way Keaysy went about,” Nicks said.
“He is a super player, Nick Daicos, and in the end he impacted the game.
“But Keaysy, we knew he would have a good go at it and we made them change some things up in that space, so pleased with the way that played out.
“But ultimately it didn’t quite get it done for us.”
With Nick Daicos relatively quiet, his brother Josh took the limelight, collecting a match-high 31 disposals and kicking a vital goal in the last quarter.
Josh’s strike came as the Magpies kicked the last three goals of the game.
Veteran Steele Sidebottom then registered the last score, a match-winning behind with 25 seconds left – the first time the Magpies held a lead the entire game.
Collingwood have now won nine of their last dozen games when trailing at three quarter-time.
– with AAP
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