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Longtime Cardinals fan auctioning off memorabilia to help Oscar Taveras' family

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 24:  Oscar Taveras #77 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a portrait during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Oscar Taveras #77 of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a portrait during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

A longtime fan of the Arizona Cardinals wants to help out the family of outfielder Oscar Taveras, who died in a car crash in late October.

The fan, who told TMZ Sports he wants to remain anonymous, is going to auction Taveras memorabilia  that he bought just one day before the 22-year-old died in the Dominican Republic.

TMZ Sports reported the collection includes Taveras’ first home run ball, cleats from his first Major League Baseball game, and a worn post-season game jersey – all autographed by the late rookie.

They will be given to Goldin Auctions and the profits from all sales will be donated to Taveras’ family in the Dominican Republic. The auction will open January 12.

Taveras and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, died when his 2014 Chevy Camaro ran off a highway between the beaches of Cabarete and Sosúa, in an area known as Puerto Plata.

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The two were buried last month.

Taveras hit .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games this year. He homered against the Giants in his major league debut on May 31. He also had a big solo drive in the seventh inning of Game 2 in the National League Championship Series against San Francisco.

Taveras was a teenager when he signed with the Cardinals as an international free agent in 2008. Before this season, he was ranked the No. 3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America.

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