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Lot # 1353 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1952 George "Shotgun"Shuba Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Home Uniform (Jersey, Pants, Undershirt, and Stirrups)

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $3,555

Addendum: Please note that this uniform also includes the original belt and an extra pair of blue stirrup socks

Complete 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers home uniform, consisting of jersey, pants, undershirt, and stirrups, worn by outfielder George "Shotgun" Shuba in 1952. Graded A9.5 by MEARS (jersey only; other items certified by MEARS as "Authentic"). The white flannel jersey is lettered "Dodgers" across the front and features the number "8" on the reverse and left breast. All letters and reverse numerals are appliquéd in blue felt. All front numerals are appliquéd in red felt. Located in the collar are a "Rawlings" label and a "42" size tag. Shuba's name and the year ("Shuba 52") are chain-stitched in blue on the left front tail. A laundry tag appears on the interior front tail. The matching white flannel pants are similarly tagged in the waistband. "Shuba 52" is chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag. Below that are a "Rawlings" label, a "36" size tag, and a laundry tag. Accompanying the jersey and pants are a three-button baseball undershirt with blue three-quarter sleeves (Rawlings tag in collar) and a pair of blue stirrup socks. Two of the seven front buttons on the jersey have been replaced (vintage team replacements); otherwise all of the garments are original, as issued, with no other alterations. Moderate wear is displayed throughout. This uniform originates directly from George Shuba and first appered at auction in 2006, along with a number of other game-used items that Shuba personally consigned at the time. Unfortunately, our consignor has misplaced the original letter of provenance from Shuba that accompanied the uniform at the time of its original purchase.

1952 represented the finest of Shuba's seven seasons with the Dodgers. Appearing in ninety-four games, he posted career highs in batting average (.305), home runs (9), and RBI (40). Those number helped lead the Dodgers to the National League Championship and another meeting with the Yankees in the World Series. Shuba appeared in four games of the Series, including starts in both Games 6 and 7, which were played at Ebbets Field. Players normally received two home and two road jerseys during the season. If so, then there is at least a fifty-fifty chance that this uniform was worn by Shuba during the 1952 Fall Classic. 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers complete uniforms are scarce and have always been highly prized by collectors. This is an exceptional example and one that has the added appeal of having possibly seen World Series action. The jersey is Graded A9.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with a half point deducted for the replacement buttons). MEARS does not grade pants, stirrups, or undershirts, but all three garments come with individual letters from the company certifying them as "Authentic." Total: 4 items (jersey, pants, undershirt, and stirrups). LOA from Troy Kinunen and Dave Bushing/MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $3,555

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