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Nolan Ryan's First California Angels Road Jersey, Worn in Spring Training of 1972
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,930.00
Presented is Nolan Ryan's very first California Angels road flannel jersey worn in spring training of 1972. When the Angels went to spring training in 1972, the players wore 1971 uniforms, as was the custom at the time. The Angels had acquired Nolan Ryan from the New York Mets that off-season, where he had worn #30. In 1971, pitcher Fred Lasher wore #30 for the Angels, though he appeared in only two games, pitching an inning-and-a-third, before he was released. Ryan (6'2" and 200 lbs) was close enough in size to Lasher (6'4" and 200 lbs) to wear Lasher's old shirt, a size 44, which had Ryan's number "30." In the video (a documentary on Ryan's career) which accompanies, Ryan can be clearly seen wearing and pitching in this very #30 McAuliffe flannel at spring training in 1972. There is no name on the back of the jersey, exactly as can be seen in the video. The original California state patch has been removed from the sleeve, which was frequently done, when the minor league affiliate which used it after spring training was located in a different state. On the left front tail is the "McAuliffe" manufacturer's tag. Below the manufacturer's tag is "71 44" denoting year and jersey size, respectively. The wash tag has been removed. "Angels" is across the front of the jersey and the player number "30" appears on both the left breast and on the back of the shirt. All letters and numbers are in blue on red tackle twill. The jersey shows moderate to heavy wear and with the exception of the missing state patch and wash tag, has no other alterations. The Angels went to knit style jerseys for the regular 1972 season, making this almost certainly the very last flannel jersey ever worn by Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Ryan broke into the majors in 1966 and retired in 1993. Almost all Ryan jerseys in collectors' hands are knits. Ryan flannels are understandably much rarer and more desirable than knits, and also naturally carry with them far fewer questions with reference to authenticity than knits. This is a fascinating Ryan jersey, with rare iron-clad video documentation, and which presents a unique opportunity to acquire a documented game-worn Ryan flannel jersey at fraction of what a similar flannel jersey worn in the regular season would sell for if available. LOA from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,930.00
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