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1962 Jim Lemon Minnesota Twins Signed Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,280
Minnesota Twins road jersey worn by outfielder Jim Lemon during the 1962 season. The grey flannel jersey is lettered "Twins" across the front and features the number "23" on the reverse. All letters and numbers are appliquèd in blue on red tackle twill. A Minnesota Twins team patch adorns the left sleeve. The name "Lemon" is chain-stitched in blue upon a grey strip tag in the collar. Both a "Spalding" label and "44" size tag appear on the left front tail. Located directly below the manufacturer's label are the player's name ("Lemon"), the uniform number ("23"), the jersey size ("44"), and the year ("62"), each of which has been chain-stitched in blue. Lemons has signed the jersey in blue marker (grading "7") at the base of the left front tail. The jersey is original as issued, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear, including fraying to the stitching around the Spalding label and a few light stains on the reverse.
Lemon suffered a separated shoulder in 1962 and the injury resulted in his appearing in just twelve games with the Twins. However, prior to that he was one of the league's top sluggers. One of the regulars on television's original “Home Run Derby” in the 1950s, Lemon hit 155 home runs and drove in 487 runs during the nine-year span 1956 to 1961. His best overall season came in 1960, when he batted .269 with 38 home runs and 100 RBI. Early 1960s Twins flannels are scarce and this is only the second example we have seen at auction dating from the 1962 season. The fact that it was worn by one of the club's top players from the era only adds to its appeal. This outstanding jersey has a particularly impressive provenance: it hails from the personal collection of noted collector and universally respected jersey expert Phil Wood, and is accompanied by an LOA provided by Phil Wood.
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $2,280
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