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1999 Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $822.50
Chicago White Sox road jersey worn by two-time American League MVP Frank Thomas in 1999. This jersey was originally obtained directly from the Chicago White Sox Charities and is accompanied by an LOA from the team attesting to its game-used provenance. The gray knit jersey is lettered "Chicago" across the front and features the number "35" on the left breast and reverse. "Thomas" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All letters and numerals have been appliquéd in black on white tackle twill. A Chicago White Sox team patch (white sock on black diamond) appears on the left sleeve. Located on the left front tail are a "Russell Athletic 50" label, an adjacent strip tag bearing the uniform number, size, and year ("35-50-99"), and a tag reading "2 inch Extra Body Length." The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays moderate-to-heavy wear throughout including a tiny tear on the reverse. Frank Thomas, nicknamed "The Big Hurt," was one of the game's most feared sluggers during the 1990s. Thomas won back-to-back MVP Awards in 1993 and 1994 and has finished in the top five on four other occasions. Barring any unforeseen injury, Thomas will join baseball's elite 500 Home Run Club this season, as he is only thirteen shy of that magic mark. Thomas missed twenty-seven games in 1999 but still managed to put up respectable numbers, batting .305 with 15 home runs and 77 RBI. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 5 points for provenance and 2 points deducted for the excessive wear/small tear). This is one of ten Frank Thomas jerseys listed in the MEARS census. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $822.50
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