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1968 Oakland Athletics Game-Used "Alternate Style" Flannel Jersey

  • Sold For: $1,175
  • Year: 1968
  • Auction: 2007 spring
  • Lot #: 1212
  • Auction Category: Halper Collection

Extremely rare one-year-only style jersey employed by the Oakland A’s in 1968. The mint-green flannel jersey, which was used as an alternate jersey (road and home), is lettered “Oakland” across the front and features the number “34” on the reverse. The front letters are appliquéd in an embroidered color pattern of green-on-gold-on-green. The reverse numerals are appliquéd in green on gold tackle twill, with a green embroidered trim. Situated on the left front tail are a “McAuliffe” label, a “’68” year tag and a “42” size tag. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays minimal wear. This garment originates from the famed Barry Halper Collection. One of Barry’s goals was, whenever possible, to have every jersey in his collection signed by the respective player. With that thought in mind he had Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers sign this jersey in blue Sharpie (“9”) in the collar. At the time, Barry believed this to be Rollie Fingers’ rookie jersey. Barry later discovered that Fingers, who wore number “34” with the A’s from 1969 through 1976, actually wore number “32” in 1968. While it is possible that Fingers wore this jersey in spring training of 1969 (when it was common practice to wear the previous year’s jerseys during training camp), no accompanying documentation supports that speculation. No roster player wore number “34” in 1968; therefore this was most likely used as an extra jersey that season. Regardless, it remains an outstanding and rare one-year “style” jersey worn by the A’s only in 1968. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,175.00

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