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Circa 1923-1925 Detroit Tigers Game-Used Home Flannel Jersey
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $4,993.75
Offered here is an extremely rare Detroit Tigers home flannel jersey dating from the early to mid 1920s. The white pinstriped jersey, which predates the use of uniform numbers, features only the team’s distinctive letter “D” appliquéd in navy felt on the left breast. A four-button front and navy sun collar further distinguish the jersey and help to more narrowly define its period of use. A “Thos. E. Wilson & Co.” manufacturer’s tag appears in the collar. There is a name stamped on the tag that begins “C. H. Bra…"; however, the remainder of the last name is obscured by a stain (the name possibly reads Brady or Bradley). A name was once sewn on the left front tail but has since been removed. Despite the removal, the outline of the name remains slightly discernible and clearly begins with the letters “Bra,” which is consistent with the visible portion of the name stamped on the manufacturer’s tag. Based upon the manufacturer’s tag and uniform style, this jersey most likely dates to the three-year period 1923 through 1925. That time period is further supported by comparison of this jersey to a 1924 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers road jersey. Aside from the removal of the name in the left tail, the jersey is completely original, as issued, and displays no other alterations. Research indicates that there was no player by the name of “Brady” or Bradley” (or any player whose name last name began “Bra…”) on the Tigers active roster in the 1920s. Therefore, this jersey must have been issued to and worn by a non-roster player during that time (a common practice). The jersey displays light wear throughout, including a broken top button, and remains in impeccable condition given its age. Graded A8.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, minus 1.5 points for removal of the name in the tail). 1920s flannel jerseys remain quite scarce today and are highly prized by collectors. As a point of reference with regard to its extreme rarity, it should be noted that only nine other jerseys/uniforms dating from the 1920s are currently even listed in the MEARS population report. The offered jersey is exceptional in all respects and would make a substantial addition to any advanced collection. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,000. Reserve $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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