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1955 Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers Presentation Jersey

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $415

This 1955 Don Newcombe Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey is one of the most intriguing pieces we have ever handled. We have called it a presentation jersey in the title, for lack of a better term, but the fact is that the exact history of this jersey (and the other 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers jerseys in the collecting field like it) is currently lost to time. While at first glance it appears to be a game-worn jersey, it is in fact not a game-used jersey. It is a type of vintage replica. However, that does not begin to tell the full story. This is just one of many different-player 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers home jerseys we and others have encountered over the years, all of which are manufactured in the same style as the offered garment and show little-to-no use. The mystery is twofold: who made them and for what purpose? Unfortunately, we don't have the answers to either of those questions. Many years ago, collectors bought and sold these jerseys thinking they were game jerseys. As knowledge has increased over time among advanced collectors, it is now accepted that they are not game jerseys. The differences are many. The distinctive manner in which the players' names are embroidered is very different in the replicas from the chain stitching of a game-used 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey. All of taggings and even their placement is different as well. In addition, the manufacturers tags are McAuliffe (as opposed to Rawlings, who manufactured the uniforms in 1955). We have heard that the entire team is represented, though we have personally seen only a few over the years and have never handled one (until now). But in the old days, our understanding is that these were often treated and traded by many as game-used. It is a fascinating jersey, and though extremely advanced collectors may be familiar with these, most modern-day collectors are not, so by offering this jersey, we are also able to document that these 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers replicas exist so that collectors can have a better understanding as to the differences between them and authentic examples. We remember seeing these 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers home replica jerseys as far back as a few decades ago, and it is probable that examples were made for every player on the roster. Because they are all tagged for 1955 (no other year), we are led to believe that they were probably made for some specific purpose, perhaps even a special event or presentation. Interestingly, one of these 1955 replicas was even found in the personal collection of George "Shotgun" Shuba after he passed away. That is especially telling. Obviously, Shuba would not have purchased one himself believing it was his real 1955 jersey. It must have been given to him, but when, and for what reason? While the mystery of their origin might never be solved, one thing we do know is that these replicas do have value within the hobby, both for educational purposes and for their inherent aesthetic appeal. The offered jersey is certainly very similar to an authentic 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Dodgers" across the front and features the number "36" on both the left breast and reverse. All letters and reverse numerals are appliquéd in blue felt, while all front numerals are appliquéd in red felt. A "McAuliffe" label and "46" size tag appear on the left front tail; a rectangular strip tag and another small, square tag adjacent to the manufacturer's label presumably have been removed (we are assuming this as we see stitch outlines, but we may be misinterpreting the nature of the outlines) where, embroidered in blue, are the name "Newcombe" and the year "55." Newcombe has also signed the jersey in blue Sharpie (grading "6") in the collar. The jersey displays little-to-no wear, but has a stain on the right breast (not related to use). Accompanied by a replica 1950s style Brooklyn Dodgers cap that is ideal for display with the jersey. Given the rarity and prohibitive cost of an authentic example, this replica jersey represents an attractive alternative for any Brooklyn Dodgers or jersey collector wishing to obtain a significant display piece commemorating the club's historic 1955 World Championship season. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $415

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