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1963 Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins Game-Used Road Jersey - 45 Home Run Season!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $22,325

Minnesota Twins road jersey worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Harmon Killebrew in 1963. Graded A9.5 by MEARS, with no others graded at this level and only one graded higher. This is an extraordinary jersey! The gray flannel jersey is lettered "Twins" across the front and features the number "3" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on red tackle twill. A Twins team patch appears on the left sleeve. The name "Killebrew" is chain-stitched in blue upon a gray strip tag in the collar. Located on the left front tail is a "Spalding" label and an adjacent "44" size tag. Below the tagging, chain-stitched in blue, are Killebrew's name, uniform number, jersey size, and year ("Killebrew 3 44 63"). The jersey, which is completely original with no alterations, displays moderate wear, including light soiling and a small tear in the left sleeve. Killebrew enjoyed another banner season in 1963; finishing the year with league-leading totals in both home runs (45) and slugging percentage (.555) to go along with his 96 RBI,and .258 batting average. Killebrew was the most feared slugger in the American League during the 1960s, known both for his prodigious home-run totals and "tape measure" drives. "Killer" lead the league in home runs on six separate occasions during the decade. For his career, Killebrew totaled over 40 home runs in eight different seasons, winning the home-run crown in seven of those years. When he retired in 1975 his lifetime total of 573 home runs ranked fifth all-time, behind only Aaron, Ruth, Mays, and Robinson (today Killebrew is eleventh on the all-time home-run list). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984. Graded A9.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with a half point deducted for the small tear in the left sleeve). Only three Killebrew jerseys are currently listed in the MEARS census, with the offered jersey ranking as the second-highest graded example (a 1970 Twins jersey is graded A10). This is an exemplary Killebrew jersey in all respects dating from the absolute peak of his legendary career. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $22,325

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