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1956 Gene Freese Pittsburgh Pirates Signed Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $3,231.25
Pittsburgh Pirates flannel road jersey worn by third baseman Gene Freese in 1956. This is a rare “style” jersey that was only worn by the Pirates for the three-year period 1954-1956. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. The gray road jersey is lettered “Pirates” across the front and features the number “8” on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in black on gold felt. Located in the collar are a “MacGregor 42” label and a white strip tag bearing the name “Freese” chain-stitched in black. A flag tag on the interior right tail reads “Set 2 1956.” Freese has signed the jersey in blue fine-point marker (grading “8”) on the left breast. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear throughout. 1956 represented Freese’s sophomore Major League season. He played sparingly that year, appearing in only sixty-five games, and finished the season with 3 home runs, 14 RBI, and a .208 batting average. 1950s flannel jerseys have always been highly prized by collectors and this example represents not only a rare “style” but also the last Pirates uniform to feature sleeves until 1970. In 1957 the Pirates switched to a vest-style jersey and remained “sleeveless” for the next thirteen years before once again reintroducing sleeves in 1970, at which time they also became the first team to wear knit jerseys. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $3,231.25
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