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Mets Legend John Franco Welcomes Public Into Staten Island Home For Estate Sale

(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Former New York Mets closer John Franco is selling the contents of his six-bedroom mansion in Todt Hill on Staten Island this weekend. The merchandise includes Mets memorabilia, video-arcade machines, pool tables, 19th-century oil paintings and a Harley-Davidson Roadster.

The estate sale started on Friday and continues through Sunday, and is open to the public.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports 

The Harley-Davidson Roadster was presented to Franco by his teammates in recognition of his 400th save. It fetched $7,000.

“I can’t put all the memorabilia [up for sale],” Franco told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck. “I have some stuff that I really like. But fans are fans — they’re great — and they’ve come here very respectfully. I meet and greet them.”

Franco and his wife have moved from Staten Island to smaller quarters in lower Manhattan, now that their two older children are grown and only the youngest is at home.

One woman told Schuck that she didn’t care much about the sale, as she was far more interested in simply seeing Franco.

“I got a signed John Franco ball and I’m very proud of it,” she said. “It’s a beautiful home and he was very, very cordial.”

The 51-year-old Franco was raised in Brooklyn and was a hometown favorite on the Mets. He was a four-time All-Star and recorded 424 saves in his legendary career.

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