Davier Sims

Davier Sims, 4, of Chicago, was wearing a Jackie Robinson West T-shirt at a recent viewing party. Some of the limited edition shirts were being offered online for triple the purchase price. (Jessica Tezak, Chicago Tribune / August 17, 2014)

Those bright yellow T-shirts celebrating the success of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team are being sold on eBay — for up to triple the original price.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, which has helped raise money for the team since last year, shipped 7,000 shirts to its South Loop location, where they were quickly snapped up by fans of the young team. The store charged $20 for a shirt, promising all the proceeds would go directly toward helping the league.

But today, as Chicagoans flocked to a parade and rallies in honor of the team, some of those shirts have been advertised for up to $61 in the online marketplace.

According to the store's public relations firm, Dick's in the South Loop is the only commercial outlet that carried the official shirt. The last shipment was sent out Tuesday, with no plans to produce more, a representative said Wednesday.

When asked about those trying to take advantage of the team’s popularity by reselling shirts, Dick’s Sporting Goods issued a statement:

“While we are thrilled the T-shirts are so popular, the true spirit of them being available is to help rally the community and raise money that goes directly to the team. There is no assurance the money will go to the team when these products are purchased outside of this store.”

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