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1989 Barry Bonds Signed Pittsburgh Pirates Jersey with 1988 Bonds Road Pants
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600
Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates road jersey dating from the 1989 season and matching road pants dating from the 1988 season. The gray knit jersey is lettered "Pirates" on the front and features the number "24" on the left breast and reverse. The name "Bonds" is lettered on the reverse directly above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in black on gold tackle twill. Situated on the interior left front tail are a "Rawlings 42" label and an adjacent flag tag reading "Set 1 1989." The jersey is original as issued, with no alterations, and displays minimal wear. Bonds has signed the jersey in blue Sharpie (grading "9") on the right breast. Graded A5 by MEARS (no post-1987 jersey can achieve a higher grade than A5 without additional provenance). Together with a pair of 1988 Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates road pants. A "Rawlings 32" label is located in the waistband, as are a white strip tag bearing the the player's name, number, year, inseam, and waist size ("Bonds 24 88 32.5 32"), and an adjacent flag tag reading "Set 2 1988." There is a faded black-marker notation in the waistband that is no longer legible. Like the jersey, the pants are original as issued, with no alterations, and display light wear, including a team repair on the front of each pant leg. Accompanied by an additional LOA from MEARS which describes the pants as "Authentic" (MEARS does not numerically grade pants). Bonds batted .248 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI for the Pirates in 1989, which was his fourth full season in the majors. The following year he blossomed into one of the best all-around players in the game, winning three MVP Awards in the next four season. All told, Bonds won a record seven MVP Awards during his 22-year career and is baseball's all-time home-run leader with 762. Bonds Pirates jerseys are much scarcer than his Giants jerseys, making this an especially desirable garment dating from start of his career in Pittsburgh. Two LOAs from Troy Kinunen and Dave Bushing/MEARS (one for pants, one for jersey), and full LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the autograph on jersey only). Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $3,600
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