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Circa 1972-1973 Tom Seaver New York Mets Game-Used Cap
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,778
New York Mets cap worn by Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver during the early 1970s. This cap has been consigned directly by Bill Hongach, who was a former batboy with the New York Yankees in 1972 and 1973. Included with the cap is a one-page handwritten letter of provenance from Hongach, as well as a photo of him posing together with Seaver on the field. (Back in that era, the Yankees and Mets played each other annually in the Mayor's Trophy Game, which was a midseason exhibition game to raise money for local charities.) The blue wool cap features the Mets familiar "NY" logo embroidered in orange on the front. Seaver's uniform number ("41") is written in black marker on the underside of the brim. A "KM" label appears on the interior leather headband, which also bears a stamped "KM" logo and the size, "7 3/8." The cap displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including a cracked brim. Seaver was at the peak of his career during the early 1970s, when this cap was originally obtained. Seaver won 21 games with a 2.92 ERA in 1972. In 1973, he enjoyed one of his finest overall seasons, finishing the year with 19 wins, a league-high 251 strike outs, and a league-leading 2.08 ERA. Those numbers helped earn him his second Cy Young Award (of an eventual three) at season's end. This is one of only a very few Tom Seaver caps we have ever seen at auction and the fact that it comes with such remarkable and outstanding provenance makes it one of the finest as well. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,778
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