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1938-1941 Ed Riska Notre Dame Basketball Uniform
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $600
Notre Dame University basketball uniform, jersey and shorts, worn by former All-American guard Ed Riska. The cream-colored jersey is lettered "Notre Dame" across the front and features the number "18" on both the front and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliqued in navy on gold felt. The jersey features a six-button bottom flap and a navy/gold trim along the collar and arm openings. An "O'Shea" manufacturer's label is located on an interior rear button flap, as is a "40" size tag. The matching silk shorts also bear an "O'Shea" manufacturing label on the interior, as well as a "34" size tag. The number "18" is written in black laundry marker on the interior waistband. The design features a large navy belt loop, trimmed in gold, and navy-on-gold trim along the sides and leg openings. One of the buttons on the jersey has been replaced (vintage replacement), otherwise both garments are all original and display heavy wear, including small tears and light staining. Ideally, the jersey is accompanied by an original snapshot photo (3.5 x 4.5 inches) of Riska wearing what appears to be this very jersey. Riska attended Notre Dame from 1938 through 1941 and was named to the Converse All-American team during his 1941 senior season. Notre Dame game-used basketball jerseys, let alone a full uniform worn by one the team's top players, are exceedingly rare and we cannot recall the last time we have seen another example at auction. This is an outstanding jersey in all respects and one that would be the highlight of any Notre Dame or collegiate basketball collection. SOLD FOR $600
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