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Circa 1980 Willie Mays and 1976 Reggie Jackson Pro-Model Jerseys
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,058
Each of these two jerseys originates from the collection of Charlie Conlon. Although Charlie was primarily a card collector he did manage to acquire a small number of assorted high-quality memorabilia items over the years, including the two jerseys offered here. What this Willie Mays San Francisco Giants jersey and Reggie Jackson Oakland A's jerseys have in common is the fact that neither was worn by the respective player in a Major League game. However, both are pro-model jerseys and, in different ways, are interesting and unique, which is the reason Charlie had them. 1) Circa 1980 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants Home Jersey. The white knit jersey is lettered "Giants" across the front and features the number "24" on the left breast and reverse. All letters and numerals have been appliquéd in black on orange tackle twill. A tag or label has been removed from the collar (stitch outline still visible). Aside from that tag removal, the jersey is otherwise original and unaltered, displaying light wear. This jersey was first obtained in 1983 directly from the San Francisco Giants. A black-ink stamp, reading "Purchased From San Francisco Giants," appears on the interior front tail. The jersey is accompanied by a S.F. Giants official Certificate of Authenticity, dated June 10, 1983, signed by Dick Dobbins, in his capacity as the club's manager of San Francisco Giants Memorabilia. As most collectors know, much of the 1970s/1980s San Francisco Giants game-used equipment circulating in the hobby today originates from Dobbins, who oversaw its sale for the Giants. In his letter, Dobbins attempts to describe the jersey as best he can. In full: This uniform came as part of a lot of 75 directly from the Giants clubhouse in April, 1983. Although the uniform shows wear, it has not had any modification to the numbers. The number, 24, has not been worn by an Giants player since Willie Mays left the Giants in 1973. Yet, this style was adopted in 1977. No one in the Giants organization knows the origin of this uniform. The best assumption is that it was made for Mays to use in an earlier old timers game, and was then used in one of the local instructional leagues of the Giants. The letters have been placed high enough to prevent a nameplate or letters from being used. Mays is one of seven Giant greats to have his number retired. Number 24 was a great one! 2) 1976 Reggie Jackson Oakland A's Alternate Jersey. The yellow knit jersey is lettered "A's" on the left breast and features the number "9" on the reverse. "Jackson" is lettered on the reverse directly above the number. All front letters and numerals are appliquéd in green on white tackle twill. All reverse letters are appliquéd in green tackle twill. Located on the front tail are a "1976" year tag, a "McAuliffe" label, a "42" size tag, and a laundry tag. The jersey appears to be original, with no alterations, and displays no wear. Jackson never played with Oakland in 1976. On April 2, 1976, just one week prior to the first game of the season, team owner Charlie Finley famously traded Jackson to the Baltimore Orioles. Because Jackson was traded just before the start of the season, there is no doubt that uniforms made for him would have already been included in the team's inventory. The fact that this jersey happens to be in Charlie Conlon's collection, is a mystery that is easily solved: Charlie Conlon was great friends with Charlie Finley. It is a virtual certainty that Charlie Conlon obtained it directly from Charlie Finley. They were longtime friends and this jersey was very likely a gift, given as a souvenir of the famous Jackson trade (or Charlie O may have lost it to Charlie C in a card game, we'll never know for sure). Despite the fact that Jackson never wore it, the jersey certainly qualifies as a first-class conversation piece, linking two of the most high-profile and well-known baseball personalities of the era: Reggie Jackson and Charlie Finley. Total: 2 jerseys. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,058
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