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1968 Dennis Ribant Detroit Tigers Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $940.00
Detroit Tigers flannel jersey worn by pitcher Dennis Ribant during the club’s 1968 World Championship season. The gray road jersey is lettered “Detroit” across the front and features the number “14” on the reverse and right sleeve. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy tackle twill. A “Rawlings 40” label appears in the collar. The tag denoting the year and set number has been removed from the jersey; it is otherwise exactly as issued, with no other alterations. Light wear is displayed throughout. Despite its lack of a year tag, MEARS has dated this jersey with certainty to exactly 1968 based upon the Rawlings manufacturing label and a number of other facts. The jersey cannot be post-1968, as it does not bear the 1969 patch on the sleeve (nor is there evidence of its removal) and after 1969 player names were lettered on the back. From 1964 through 1967, number “14” was worn by Dave Wickersham, whose height (6’ 3”) and weight (180 lbs) does not correspond to a size “40” jersey. This garment originates from the famed Barry Halper Collection. One of Barry’s goals was, whenever possible, to have every jersey in his collection signed by the respective player. With that thought in mind he had Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning sign this jersey in blue marker (grading “7”) in the collar. He did so because Bunning wore number “14” with the Tigers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It should be noted that Barry obtained this uniform long before collectors and historians began a systematic and definitive study of Major League uniforms. Thus, without the aid of any reliable reference works, he inaccurately dated the jersey to a slightly earlier period. (Note: The style of the jersey is identical to that used by the Tigers years earlier. Only the relatively recently documented study of the manufacturing tags allows for a precise dating of this jersey.) Graded A7 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 3 points deducted for the missing year/set tag). From the Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $940.00
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