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Jason Collins jersey becomes best seller overnight

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A surprise name is topping the NBA top selling replica list - mainly because the player has only signed a ten day contract, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Jason Collins, who signed for the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday and played that night, is the first openly gay active NBA star.

After announcing to the media in April, Collins has been receiving plaudits from around the globe. Now the sales of his shirt have gone through the roof.

Made available after fans inquired on Monday about buying it from the official NBA store, the jersey became the top-seller by Tuesday.

Despite this, the Nets haven't sold any from their own store because Collins hasn't been signed for the entire season, which could end up happening.

Collins has chosen the number 98 for his shirt which is the same number as Collins wore last season. 98 is in homage to gay college student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in 1998, thought to be part of a hate crime.

Collins wore the number 46 jersey on Sunday, due to the fact he had only signed earlier in the day.

The fact that Collins has only signed on a 10-day deal has probably helped sales as fans try and get a hold of a piece of NBA history.

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