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1969 Fran Healy Kansas City Royals Game-Used Home Jersey - Inaugural Season!
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,880.00
Kansas City Royals jersey worn by catcher Fran Healy during the club's inaugural season in 1969. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Royals" across the front and features the number "16" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in royal blue tackle twill. A Major League Baseball "100th Anniversary" patch appears on the left sleeve. A "Wilson 42" label appears on the left front tail. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays light wear including a few light stains on the front. This is a very rare flannel Royals jersey dating from the club's inaugural 1969 season. The Royals wore flannel uniforms for just four seasons before switching over to knits in 1973. Fran Healy made his Major League debut with Kansas City in 1969, appearing in six games with the club that year. In 1974 he became the team's starting catcher before being traded to the Yankees in 1976, where he served as backup to Thurman Munson. Healy retired in 1978 and later enjoyed a successful broadcast career as a color analyst. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is one of only five Kansas City Royals flannel jerseys and only the second example from 1969 listed in the MEARS census (the other 1969 jersey is graded A7). It is also only one of three Royals flannel jerseys from any year graded at this level. This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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