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1969 Bill Burbach New York Yankees Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,067
New York Yankees home flannel jersey worn by pitcher Bill Burbach in 1969. The white 45tripe jersey features the Yankees' "NY" logo on the left breast and the number “60" on the reverse. All letters and numerals have been appliquéd in navy felt. The name “Burbach” is chain-stitched in navy upon a white strip tag in the collar. Located on the left front tail are a “Spalding” label, a “46” size tag, a wash label, and an adjacent flag tag reading “Set 1 1969.” The year, “69,” is chain-stitched in navy directly below the wash label. This jersey was originally numbered “50” on the reverse (which was Burbach’s number in 1969), as evidenced by the outline of the removed number “50” on the reverse. That fact clearly indicates that this jersey was subsequently sent down for use in the minors, as was the common practice at the time, where the number was then changed. One of the most interesting aspects of this jersey is that it appears to have been worn by Burbach on Mickey Mantle Day, held at Yankee Stadium on June 8th. Our consignor originally purchased this jersey in a 2006 Leland’s auction, at which time the auction house claimed to have photo matched the jersey to the one worn by Burbach on the field at Mickey Mantle Day. Unfortunately, the photos used for that comparison were not included with the jersey at the time of its sale, so we are unable to verify the photo match. While we have no reason to doubt the validity of the original auction description, the fact that players usually received only two home and two road jerseys each season makes it a fifty-percent chance that the auction house was correct, even without the benefit of a photo match. 1968 was Burbach’s rookie season and he finished the year with a 6-8 record and 3.65 ERA. His brief major league career ended just two years later in 1971. Aside from the number change on the reverse, the jersey is completely original, with no other alterations, and displays moderate wear. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,067
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