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1976 Mike Schmidt National League All-Star Team-Signed Cap
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $474
In 1976, the National League, in celebration of our nation's bicentennial, supplied the members of its All-Star roster with a specially produced "pillbox" style cap to be worn in the club's official team photo (the hats were not worn by the players in the game; they wore their regular-season caps like always). Offered here is the National League cap issued to, and worn by, Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt during the official 1976 National League All-Star Game team photo. This cap has been consigned directly by Bill Hongach, who was a former batboy with the New York Yankees in 1972 and 1973. During that time, and for many years afterwards, Hongach fostered many friendships at the major league level, including one with Mike Schmidt. It was in that spirit of friendship that Schmidt made a gift of this cap to Hongach. That fact is made apparent by the black Sharpie inscription (grading "9") personally penned by Schmidt on the underside of the brim that reads "To Bill/Best Wishes/Mike Schmidt." The design of the the cap features a white body with a blue bill. Three parallel red lines encircle the perimeter and a blue embroidered "N" appears on the front. A "New Era" label (size "Medium-Large") appears in the headband and there is a plastic, adjustable sizer at the rear. The cap displays light use, including minor wear to the headband, which is commensurate with its having been worn only for photographic purposes. There is also a small area of what appears to be white paint on the top of the cap and and a tiny ink mark on the side of the cap. Accompanied by a one-page handwritten letter of provenance from Hongach and a team photo of the players wearing this unique style hat. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $474
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