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02/25/2014 05:16 pm ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

Now You Can Buy A Jason Collins Jersey (PHOTO)

Basketball fans are getting a chance to celebrate a player who made sports history.

The NBA will begin selling Jason Collins jerseys on Wednesday, a league spokeswoman told The Huffington Post.

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While ESPN's Darren Rovell noted the merchandising move was unusual for a player on a temporary contract, Collins, of course, now holds a significant place in professional athletics. He became the first openly gay active player in the NBA -- or in three other major North American team sports leagues, for that matter -- when he signed a 10-day deal with the Brooklyn Nets and took the court against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

The jerseys, shirts and hoodies -- many with the No. 98 that Collins will now wear to commemorate the year gay Wyoming college student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped and murdered in a landmark hate crime -- will be available starting early Wednesday at NBAStore.com and at the NBA's Fifth Avenue store in New York City, the spokeswoman said. (A Nets rep told HuffPost the apparel wouldn't be available through the team unless Collins was signed for the entire season.)

Donning the garb of a sports pioneer won't come cheap in many cases. Some Nets jerseys are selling for more than $100 at the NBA's online store.

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