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1950 Philadelphia Athletics Connie Mack 50th Anniversary Game-Used Home Flannel Jersey
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $9,000
Presented is an outstanding example of one of the hobby's most elusive, unique, and desirable one-year jersey styles. Connie Mack managed the Philadelphia Athletics for a record fifty years, from 1901 to 1950, and in his final season at the helm, the club paid tribute to Mr. Mack with a special uniform style trimmed in gold, in honor of this golden anniversary. Presented here is a 1950 Philadelphia Athletics home jersey worn by journeyman catcher Fermin "Mike" Guerra, a diminutive ( 5'8" and 160 pounds) Cuban backstop who caught seventy-eight games that year. Interestingly, this particular shirt has features that were apparently designed specifically for Guerra. The sleeves and side panels are the typical wool flannel of that era, but the front sections and reverse are a wool-nylon blend that gives the shirt a slightly stretchy constitution, a bonus for someone who is constantly squatting, bending, and twisting behind the plate. The jersey features a script "A" on the left breast and the number "37" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on gold felt. Located on the interior right-front tail are a "MacGregor/Goldsmith 42" label, a "Mitchell & Ness" label, a white strip tag bearing the uniform number ("37"), and a flag tag reading "Set 1 1950." The special circular "Connie Mack 50th Anniversary" patch appears on the left sleeve. The jersey is original as issued, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear, including two tiny stains on the front and a small tear on the reverse. This is the only example of this extremely rare A's jersey style we have ever handled (even the Barry Halper Collection, with over 1,000 jerseys, did not have one), and is one of only several completely intact examples known to exist. This jersey has been offered at auction once before many years ago: It appeared as Lot 965 in REA's April 2005 auction, at that time selling for $4,930, and it has been consigned to this sale directly from the original purchaser at that auction! Reserve $2,500. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $9,000
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